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Specialized Spine Care
To Move You Forward

At Crescent City Orthopedics, our doctors are Louisiana natives who are passionate about helping each of their patients. We know that an injury to the back, neck, or spine can make your day-to-day activities difficult or impossible, which is why we proudly offer the latest treatments and personalized care plans for your spine injuries and conditions so you can move past your pain and get back to the life you love.

We take pride in the expertise our board-certified orthopedic surgeon provides for our patients at Crescent City Orthopedics. As a dedicated, compassionate expert committed to providing you with specialized spine care, our orthopedic doctor, Dr. John Cazale, is a skilled expert in his field with decades of experience and training. He is committed to your recovery by offering the latest in orthopedic technology and treatments for all your needs.

Spine Doctors in the Greater New Orleans Area

Committed to serving Metairie and the surrounding areas, our doctor works with you to deliver the high-level, specialized care you deserve. With his extensive training and years of experience, our spine doctor is an expert in the treatment of various spine injuries and conditions, including whiplash and back strain.

Nonsurgical treatment options will be recommended first when developing an individualized treatment plan. These methods may include receiving physical therapy, wearing a brace, or taking over-the-counter medication. These nonsurgical approaches can reduce or even eliminate spine pain.

If nonoperative care is ineffective or becomes less effective over time, our spine expert will refer you to a reliable surgeon who has the expertise and exceptional skills needed to perform the required surgery and help ensure the best outcome possible.

Our spine doctor is prepared to answer any questions you may have regarding your recommended treatment options.

  • Common Conditions

    With years of experience and orthopedic training, our spine doctor assesses, diagnoses, and treats spine injuries and other conditions that can develop in the spine, such as back strains, herniated discs, sciatica, scoliosis, and whiplash.

Back Strain

Symptoms

  • Mild to severe pain in the affected area
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty moving or bending the back

Causes

  • Overuse or repetitive strain of the muscles in the back, such as lifting heavy objects or twisting awkwardly
  • Sudden and forceful movements that may happen during activity, a fall, or a car accident
  • Improper posture or body mechanics, which can put extra stress on the back muscles and lead to strain

Herniated Disc

Symptoms

  • Pain that radiates down the leg
  • Numbness or tingling in the affected area
  • Muscle weakness in the affected area

Causes

  • Age-related wear and tear
  • Trauma to the spine as a result of a fall or collision
  • Poor posture and body mechanics

Sciatica

Symptoms

  • Pain that radiates down the leg
  • Numbness or tingling in the affected area
  • Muscle weakness in the affected area

Causes

  • Herniated or slipped disc in the back
  • Spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Trauma to the spine from a fall, accident, or other collision

Scoliosis

Symptoms

  • Uneven shoulders or hips
  • A visible curvature of the spine
  • Back pain or discomfort

Causes

  • Idiopathic scoliosis, which has no known cause and typically develops during adolescence
  • Congenital scoliosis, which is present at birth and caused by abnormal spinal development
  • Neuromuscular scoliosis, which is caused by underlying neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy

Whiplash

Symptoms

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headache, especially at the base of the skull
  • Dizziness or vertigo

Causes

  • Car accidents, especially rear-end collisions
  • Sports injuries, such as those occurring in contact sports or horseback riding

Treatment Options

  • Back & Neck Bracing
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Physical Therapy

Our expert offers a wide array of treatment methods for spine conditions and injuries, including back and neck bracing, epidural steroid injections, and physical therapy.

  • Back & Neck Bracing

    Braces are used to support the spine and relieve pain in the back or neck. Braces come in a variety of types, including soft and rigid braces, and the type of brace used will depend on the patient's specific condition and needs. 

    Benefits

    • Provides support and stability to the spine, which can help relieve pain and prevent further injury
    • Can be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as physical therapy, to promote healing and recovery
    • Can help improve posture and body mechanics, which can reduce the risk of future injuries
  • Epidural Steroid Injections

    Epidural steroid injections are a minimally invasive treatment that involves injecting a steroid medication into the epidural space to relieve pain and inflammation in the back or neck. Epidural steroid injections are typically performed on an outpatient basis, and the number and frequency of injections will depend on the patient's specific condition and needs. The procedure is generally considered safe, but like any medical treatment, it does carry some risks and potential side effects.

    Benefits

    • Provides fast and effective pain relief, which can help improve quality of life
    • Can reduce inflammation and swelling, which can improve mobility and function
    • Can be used in conjunction with other treatments such as physical therapy to promote healing and recovery
  • Physical Therapy

    Physical therapy is a conservative treatment that utilizes exercise and manual techniques to promote healing and recovery from injuries. Physical therapy can include a variety of treatment modalities, such as massage, stretching, and strength exercises. The specific treatment plan depends on the patient's individual condition and needs.

    Benefits

    • Helps relieve pain and stiffness caused by the injury or condition
    • Improves range of motion and flexibility, making it easier to perform daily activities
    • Strengthens the muscles and improves posture, which can help prevent future injuries
Our Spine Doctors

Specialized Spine Care When You Need It

Our doctors at Crescent City Orthopedics know that injuries can happen when least expected. We are proud to offer same-day appointments at our Metairie location for all your urgent bone, joint, and muscle needs. When you choose Crescent City Orthopedics, you choose our highly skilled experts who prioritize patient-focused care.

If you are suffering from spine pain that is keeping you from the life you love, please call (504) 309-6500 or request an appointment online to get the care you need in Metairie or Chalmette.