Steps Towards a Pain-Free Existence

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Low back pain and neck pain have become two of the major health problems of the modern era. Unfortunately, many people suffer from chronic back or neck pain that does not get better despite excellent traditional medical and surgical care. Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. developed Tulsa Spine Surgery to help people with chronic spine pain. Located right here in your hometown of Tulsa, you can get the relief you need from a compassionate, quality Dr. with an unwavering commitment to helping patients get their life back. If you feel like you are missing out on doing activities you love to do with the people you love to do that with, call Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. today at 539-664-8444. We will set up a consultation at Tulsa Spine Surgery, and you can take the first steps towards a pain-free existence.

Tulsa Spine Surgery provides specialized care for patients with back and neck pain. We only treat spine problems, and as a result, Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. has become highly specialized and very experienced. We use state of the art equipment and spinal injections, and we can make an accurate diagnosis in almost every patient. Only then do we create a treatment plan that is specific for each patient. At Tulsa Spine Surgery, we emphasize arthroscopic surgery or minimally invasive surgery when indicated, but we also perform more traditional surgeries, including fusions, using the newest techniques. We particularly specialize in treating patients who have had unsuccessful spine surgery.

We are committed to becoming the premier spine problems, diagnosis, and surgery experts in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. We actively engage in research that may ultimately lead to improved treatments of spinal disorders, and we are recognized internationally as one of the leading private practice research institutes for spine problems. To increase awareness of spinal disorders, we present educational forums for physicians, physical therapists, and the general public.

The goal of minimally invasive surgery is to help relieve the pain with the least damage to normal tissues, minimize the hospital stay, and minimize the risk. There are several forms of minimally invasive surgery. Many of the surgeries we perform happen on an outpatient basis. This means that after the procedure is done, you can return home the very same day. The best treatment for each patient must be based on an accurate diagnosis. Although it is appealing to have the latest procedure, the newest medication, the smallest micro-surgery or arthroscopic surgery, best treatment must be appropriate for each individual patient’s condition. Treatment must also be based on scientific evidence, not marketing on television or in news magazines. At Tulsa Spine Surgery, we pride ourselves on making correct and complete diagnoses, and then offering our patients the most effective treatment for their unique problems.

Assistance in Diagnosing Spondylolisthesis

This Content Was Written by the Tulsa Spine Surgery Experts at the Offices of Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.

What’s causing my back or neck pain? It’s a common question, and a visit to your doctor is an important first step to get an answer. You should know that the diagnosis of back, neck, leg or arm pain isn’t always easy. The human spine is very complex, so it can be difficult for your doctor to pinpoint the exact cause of low back pain or other symptoms. When you visit the offices of Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. at Tulsa Spine Surgery, we will try our hardest to provide accurate diagnoses and an appropriate course of action to relieve you of chronic pain and spinal conditions. Tulsa Spine Surgery is an expert in the Oklahoma area when it comes to a wide variety of different orthopedic surgeries.

The most common symptom of spondylolisthesis is low back pain. Many times a patient can develop the lesion between the ages of five and seven and not present symptoms until they are 35-years-old, when a sudden twisting or lifting motion will cause an acute episode of back and leg pain. Usually the pain is relieved by extension of the spine and made worse when flexed. The degree of vertebral slippage does not directly correlate with the amount of pain a patient will experience. Fifty percent of patients with spondylolisthesis associate an injury with the onset of their symptoms. In addition to back pain, patients may complain of leg pain. In this instance, there can be associated narrowing of the area where the nerves leave the spinal canal that produces irritation of a nerve root.

Many patients with spondylolisthesis will have vague symptoms and very little visible deformity. Often, the first physical sign of spondylolisthesis is tightness of the hamstring muscles in the legs. Only when the slip reaches more than 50 percent of the width of the vertebral body will there begin to be a visible deformity of the spine. There may be a dimple at the site of the abnormality. Sometimes there are mild muscle spasms and usually some local tenderness can be felt in the area. Range of motion is often not affected, but some pain can be expected on hyperextension. Laboratory test results are normal in patients with one or both disorders.

To determine if spondylolysis is the cause of your symptoms, Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. may, in addition performing a physical exam, recommend a diagnostic test such as an x-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The diagnosis of spondylolisthesis is confirmed by noting the forward position of one vertebral body on another. A spondylolisthesis also is graded according to the amount that one vertebral body has slipped forward on another. A grade I slip means that the upper vertebra has slipped forward less than 25 percent of the total width of the vertebral body, a grade II slip is between 25 and 50 percent, a grade III slip between 50 and 75 percent, a grade IV slip is more than 75 percent, and in the case of a grade V slip, the upper vertebral body has slid all the way forward off the front of the lower vertebral body, a condition called spondyloptosis.