Providing Relief for Neck and Back Pain
Saturday, October 6, 2018

The National Institutes of Health estimates that 80 percent of Americans will suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives. With at least a half dozen providers dedicated to helping patients with back and neck pain, OrthoCincy offers some of the most comprehensive treatment options in the area to ease the discomfort of spinal issues.

John B. Jacquemin, M.D., a boardcertified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in treating spines, says patients seeking treatment at OrthoCincy receive a menu of services, from initial exam to treatment with medication—whether oral or by injection—to physical therapy or chiropractic services. If none of these options relieves the pain, a surgical solution may be explored.

“The vast majority of patients get better without ever needing surgery,” Jacquemin says. “Only about one in 14 new patients we see will require surgery. We treat everyone, regardless of whether or not surgery is the answer to their back or neck pain.”

Due to the complexity of the muscularskeletal system, back and neck issues can be part of other health problems that the patient may not be aware of, Jacquemin says.

“Many people think they have neck pain, but what they really have is a bad shoulder or carpal tunnel syndrome,” he says. “We can refer them to the right specialist to solve their particular problem.” With more than a decade of experience in spinal surgery, Jacquemin has seen firsthand how wear and tear leads to degenerative conditions and back pain for so many people.

“Today we have much higher expectations of our activity level than previous generations did,” he says. “People want an active lifestyle well into old age. Luckily, treatments have improved drastically, so patients have more choices in staying mobile. For example, just in the last five years we’ve been able to replace disks in the neck for problems like herniated disks or arthritis. This offers a high success rate, and patients can return to a painfree lifestyle.”

Suffering from back pain need not slow down an active lifestyle, Jacquemin adds. OrthoCincy offers abundant options to treat and manage the problem so patients can go back to their daily routines without being hampered by pain.

John B. Jacquemin, M.D., is a board-certified spine surgeon specializing in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar surgery. He sees patients in the Florence office.