While we might think the spine is straight, it is actually made up of three segments, each of which forms a natural curve. These are the cervical (neck), lumbar (lower back), and thoracic (chest) segments. The spine is made up of small bones — the vertebrae — which are stacked on top of each other. The vertebrae have small joints between them. All of this structure is what allows us to stand upright and to move and bend.

Injuries, conditions, and diseases can interfere with the way the spine works. Four out of five adults in the US will experience significant neck and/or back pain at some point in their lifetimes. In fact, it is one of the most common reasons people seek medical care or miss work. Problems range from scoliosis and arthritis to sprains and fractures, with many more too numerous to mention here.

Why choose CMO for your neck or back problem?

Understanding the cause of your back problem is key to proper treatment, which is why we have a fully dedicated spine practice at CMO. Under the direction of Dr. Matthew McLaughlin, a physician specializing in the spine, and Dr. Michael Regan, a surgeon who also specializes in the spine, Maine Spinecare is geared to provide the most advanced approach and treatment options to our patients

We take a multidisciplinary team approach to back and neck problems, starting with conservative measures, as, for an estimate 80% of patients, non-surgical treatment brings relief. Recommended treatments can include simple steps, such as physical therapy and an exercise program with or without medication — or onsite procedures such as injections or nerve blocks. Surgery can be recommended and performed if noninvasive measures do not provide results. Learn more in the Maine Spinecare are of this website.

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