Dr. Melamed specializes in surgeries for the thoracic spine in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
The thoracic spine consists of twelve vertebrae, labeled T1 – T12, located in the upper region of the back. Beginning at the area of the spine located just below the neck and extending to the bottom of the rib cage, the thoracic spine is also directly between the lumbar and cervical spinal regions. Of all the tiny vertebrae of the spine, the thoracic vertebrae are much thinner and slimmer. While the thoracic vertebrae restrict the range of movement in the back, they are still highly susceptible to injury, trauma, and disease.
Available Surgical Procedures of the Thoracic Spine in Los Angeles
- Herniated Disc and Degenerative Disorders
- Thoracic Spine Kyphosis
- Thoracic Spine Traumas
- Thoracic Vertebral Tumors
- Thoracic Spine Deformities
Advanced Technologies for Surgeries of the Thoracic Spine in Los Angeles
Disorders of the thoracic spine can lead to many kinds of physical discomforts. Patients can experience muscle spasms, muscle weakness, limited range of motion, and sharp or throbbing pain in the neck, back, and even the lower legs. In very rare cases, a simple disc herniation can even result in moderate chest pain that feels very similar to a heart event.
Because of the wide range of possible symptoms that are consistent with disorders of the thoracic spine, many patients can go undiagnosed for several years before discovering the true nature of their medical condition. Dr. Melamed and his team of dedicated medical professional utilize only the most advanced medical technologies and procedures to ensure the best possible patient care.
With a variety of available medical treatments and therapies, many patients experience relief from chronic injuries of the thoracic spine without the need for surgery. If surgery is the only available course of action, Dr. Melamed is a leading specialist in minimally invasive procedures that reduce scarring and promotes a speedy recovery.
Treatments for Deformities of the Cervical Spine in Los Angeles
Kyphosis of the thoracic spine is an exaggerated curvature that usually results in a slight hunched back appearance of some kind. The severity of the curvature depends on the progression of the disorder. If left untreated, the rounding of the shoulders becomes more severe, which can lead to complications of the abdomen and lungs. Through a combined treatment plan of medication, supportive bracing, and perhaps surgery, the patient can go on to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle for years to come. For more information on the range of medical and surgical procedures available for the thoracic spine in Los Angeles, contact the offices of Dr. Melamed today.