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At EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division, our specialty-trained spine doctors are the region's dedicated experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating spine injuries and conditions.

The spine is a highly complex and crucial structure in the human body, comprised of muscles, bones (or vertebrae), tendons, ligaments, and sensitive nerves. The spine protects the spinal cord while providing support, strength, and flexibility.

Maintaining a healthy spine is vital to living an active lifestyle. However, the spine’s ability to offer support and flexibility simultaneously introduces an increased risk for injury.

Due to its unique structure and its proximity to the spinal cord, injuries of the spine can affect any appendage of the human body. Symptoms that may indicate the presence of a spine injury are wide-ranging and may seem unexpected or seemingly unrelated. Causes of spine conditions are also wide-ranging and abundant, as they can affect the bones, nerves, muscles, or tendons.

For this reason, an accurate diagnosis made by a spine specialist is a crucial prerequisite to determining a course of treatment.

Additionally, many spine conditions worsen over time, often exacerbating pain and causing further damage. Therefore, it is imperative to seek immediate treatment with a spine specialist if you suspect you are suffering from a spine condition or injury.

You may be suffering from a spine condition or injury if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Radiating pain from the neck to the arm/hand
  • Radiating pain from the back to the leg/foot
  • Back, leg, or foot pain that worsens while standing or walking and is relieved by sitting
  • Nagging pain after episodes of heavy lifting
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs
  • Nerve or dexterity problems in the arms and hands
  • Numbness or tingling in one or both legs
  • Weakness localized to a specific area of the leg or arm

Go to the emergency room if these symptoms accompany incontinence.

Our spine doctors at EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division understand that damage to the spinal cord is not only extremely painful and disruptive to your active lifestyle, but also potentially devastating, as it often restricts mobility and significantly reduces your quality of life.

Our EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division spine doctors are committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

Please rest assured, while spine conditions and injuries sometimes require surgical intervention, our spine doctors only consider surgical treatment options after nonsurgical methods have proven unsuccessful. If surgery is necessary for you to make a full recovery, our spine doctors will use the safest and latest surgical methods proven to ensure optimal outcomes, including the Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance System. Our surgeons use the Mazor X Robotic Guidance System to perform robotic spine surgery with precision and predictability.

Learn More About Mazor X Robotic Spine Surgery

Our nonsurgical spine doctor, Dr. Daniel Hankley, provides a variety of nonsurgical treatment options, including interventional procedures such as lumbar and cervical epidurals, facet injections, radiographic and/or ultrasonic guidance injections, stimulations and more, to treat the root of your acute pain.

To consult with a spine doctor at EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division, please request an appointment online or call (828) 258-8800.

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Why choose EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopedic care of the spine, our esteemed spine specialists at EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating spine injuries and conditions.

Our spine doctors, Dr. Stephen David, Dr. Michael Goebel, Dr. Daniel Hankley, and Dr. John Hicks, have the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your spine injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with an EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division spine doctor, please request an appointment online or call (828) 258-8800.