Most adults can recall a time when they’ve felt back pain. It’s one of the most common medical complaints to physicians. Georgetown University’s Institute for Health Care Research and Policy reports that some 16 million adults have persistent or chronic back pain. That’s 8% of all adults. As a result they are limited in certain everyday activities. People with back pain may miss work, feel downhearted and be less involved in social activities.
“When your back pain is to the point that it’s impacting your quality of life and you’re ready to do something about it, it’s time to get evaluated,” says Dr. Zachary Abbott, D.O. He is one of the fellowship-trained spine physicians at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates’ Comprehensive Spine Center. The specialty center saves patients from running around town for multiple appointments. Instead, they can have quick and easy access, all under one roof, to tests and procedures that aid in a diagnosis. The center’s diagnostic tools include X-ray, ultrasound and MRI.
Abbott is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnostic medicine, sports medicine, and pain medicine. “I see my role as an educator,” he explains. His goal is to assess what’s wrong and help the patient understand the issue. Then he presents all of the treatment options and helps the patient determine which one is the best fit.
One significant advantage of the Comprehensive Spine Center, according to Abbott, is that he and his colleagues are able to collaborate regularly about treatment plans for patients. This helps ensure that each individual receives the highest level of care.
For most patients, he says, nonsurgical treatments are the first step. When surgery is called for, patients can turn to the spine center’s orthopaedic and neurological surgeons, who are at the top of their fields. They specialize in back, neck and spine care using advanced techniques. These include minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgery.
“We’re committed to providing patients with excellent care that rivals that of larger cities,” says Abbott. As evidence of that commitment, a new stand-alone facility is being constructed next to Olympia Orthopaedic’s Westside Clinic for the Comprehensive Spine Center. Completion of the building is expected in 18 to 24 months.
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