Neck or back pain can be overwhelming and seriously impair your everyday life. Chronic neck or back pain also can be a sign of serious spine or nervous system issues. If your physician thinks you could benefit from specialized treatment, ask him or her for a referral to the Cotton O’Neil Neuro & Spine Center.
The specialists at the Neuro & Spine Center treat the entire nervous system — from the brain, down through the spine, and extending to the nerves found in all areas of your body.
Our staff rely on their extensive clinical knowledge and experience to determine whether you need a surgical option or more conservative treatments, such as physical therapy to strengthen your back.
We deliver a custom approach so patients get personalized care plans for their pain. Our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons often consult each other on spine cases and work together in the operating room.
At Cotton O’Neil, we don’t just treat the condition — we treat the entire person. This means we offer additional care including:
- Post-operative care at home
- Help with weight management and nutrition, if needed
Our surgeons will follow up with you after the surgery and keep your primary care provider (PCP) in the loop about your condition and treatments. We also encourage you to stay in touch with your primary care provider throughout your treatment process.
Symptoms of a Spine or Nervous System Disorder
The symptoms of spine or nervous system disorders vary, depending on the location and severity of the disorder. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Back pain
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness or an inability to feel sensations like a light touch, pain, temperature, etc. — or too much sensitivity to touch
- Altered reflexes
- A loss of bowel or bladder control
- Erectile dysfunction
- A reduction in sweating
- A tingling or burning sensation
Conditions We Treat
Benign and Malignant Brain TumorsA brain tumor is a mass of tissue composed of abnormal cells. It can be benign (meaning it will not invade nearby tissues or spread to other parts of the body) or malignant (meaning it can metastasize, or spread throughout the body). Malignant tumors can grow fast and impact your nervous system: You could have impaired vision, struggle with confusion in daily matters, or have difficulty maintaining your balance.
Pituitary TumorsThe pituitary gland is about the size of a pea. It sits behind the bridge of the nose. Some pituitary tumors disrupt hormone production, causing different symptoms depending on the function of the affected hormone. Pituitary tumors usually don’t grow or spread to other parts of the body, but they can cause big health issues, such as vision loss, headache and sex dysfunction.
Spinal StenosisThis condition occurs when the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on nerves traveling through the spine. You may feel pain, numbness or tingling in your limbs or torso. The leading cause of spinal stenosis is arthritis.
Spinal DeformityThere are several types of spinal deformity. When the spine curves to one side, the condition is called scoliosis. A forward rounding of spine — also known as hunchback — is called kyphosis. These curvatures don’t just impact your appearance. They may also be signs of bone diseases, and in some cases they can cause pain as well.
Carpal Tunnel SyndromeThis condition occurs when the major nerves in your wrist are compressed, causing numbness or tingling in your hand. If left untreated, this can get worse over time.
Ulnar NeuropathyThe Ulnar nerve is a main nerve in your arm. Ulnar neuropathy commonly occurs after elbow trauma or in chronic nerve compression cases. You may feel numbness or tingling in fingers and weak grip.
Trigeminal NeuralgiaTrigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition usually caused by pressure from an artery or vein on the trigeminal nerve—the nerve that communicates physical sensations to the brain. This condition, which can be triggered by a number of causes, leads to shooting pain that feels like an electric shock.
Intraspinal TumorsThis is an abnormal mass within or surrounding the spinal column or spinal cord. These tumors are relatively rare, but Cotton O’Neil is equipped to treat them with leading-edge technology.
Cranial and Spinal SurgeriesAfter a traumatic accident or fall, patients can suffer injuries to the head (cranium) or spine. Time is critical in these situations. Our Trauma Response Team mobilizes to treat critically injured patients as quickly as possible and can refer them for surgery — including complex reconstructions of the spine.
Our Treatments & Services
Neurosurgeons at Cotton O’Neil use state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment approaches that in many cases include minimally invasive surgery. This means they can make smaller incisions than they would in traditional surgery, potentially reducing damage to healthy tissue. This can lead to less pain and an accelerated healing time for the patient.
NeuronavigationOur dedicated Neuro & Spine Center is equipped with neuronavigation––a technology that helps surgeons precisely find the location of a tumor or injury. This allows a more direct surgical approach that can reduce the amount of damage to the body.
Pre-operative X-ray Evaluation SoftwareBy helping surgeons pinpoint the diseased or inflamed area of the spine, this technology can also greatly improve precision during an operation.
NeuroendoscopyThis is another minimally invasive technique, allowing surgeons to make small incisions in the body and insert a tiny scope to guide them. Surgeons can use this technology to remove tumors in the brain.
We provide minimally invasive surgery for:
- Spinal fusion: Surgery to join two or more bones in the spine, usually to reduce back pain
- Discectomy: Surgery to remove material that is extending from a disc and pressing on another disc, causing pain
- Artificial disk replacement: Replacing a painful disc with an artificial one
Meet Our Neurosurgeons and Providers
Our surgeons are trained in all areas of neurosurgery, and are either board certified or board eligible (has completed a residency in this specialty). Our team also includes specialized nurse practitioners and physician assistants who help see patients in the clinic and assist surgeons in the operating room.