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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • In cervical disc replacement surgery, surgeons remove a diseased cervical disc and replace it with an artificial disc.
  • CT Scan

    CT scan (or computed tomography scan) is an imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including bone, muscle and organs.
  • Discectomy

    Discectomy is surgery to remove all or part of a herniated disc (the cushions that separate the vertebrae in the spinal column). The procedure can be done on its own or as part of a larger surgery that also includes a laminectomy, foraminotomy or spinal fusion. Discectomy may be recommended if a person has severe or persistent symptoms, including pain, numbness and weakness.  
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive surgical procedures. They are used to treat painful compression fractures of the thoracic spine (mid- and upper back) or lumbar spine (low back) caused by osteoporosis, cancer or trauma.
  • Lumbar disc replacement surgery involves removing a diseased disc from the lower spine and replacing it with an artificial disc.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
  • Myelogram

    Myelogram is an x-ray procedure used to check for problems of the spine. Doctors may use a myelogram to help determine the cause of back pain, weakness or numbness and pain in the arms or legs.
  • A nerve conduction study and electromyography (EMG) test evaluates the health of your muscles and the nerves that control your muscles. They can help determine whether symptoms, such as tingling or muscle weakness, are due to a nerve injury or a neuromuscular disorder.
  • Spinal Fusion

    Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure in which vertebrae are joined — or fused — together using metal, plastic or bone spacers, eliminating motion between the vertebrae. It is used to relieve pain and other symptoms for a variety of conditions, including tumors, spinal stenosis, fractures, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and degenerative disc disease. Fusion can sometimes be done using smaller incisions.  
  • Trigger point injections are used to relieve painful trigger points, areas of muscle that have become tight and inflamed. Often, a tender knot or tight band can be felt at the spot.