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Whether you are looking to alleviate back and neck pain, improve movement or simply participate in everyday activities, we are here to help - from an initial assessment to a customized treatment plan that is right for you. Understanding your spine and how it works can help you better understand some of the problems that occur from aging or injury.

Many demands are placed on your spine. It holds up your head, shoulders, and upper body. It gives you support to stand up straight, and gives you flexibility to bend and twist. It also protects your spinal cord.

Spinal Curves
Your spine is made up of three segments. When viewed from the side, these segments form three natural curves. The "c-shaped" curves of the neck (cervical spine) and lower back (lumbar spine) are called lordosis. The "reverse c-shaped" curve of the chest (thoracic spine) is called kyphosis.


These curves are important to balance and they help us to stand upright. If any one of the curves becomes too large or small, it becomes difficult to stand up straight and our posture appears abnormal.

Abnormal curvatures of the spine are also referred to as spinal deformity. These types of conditions include kyphosis of the thoracic spine ("hunchback") and lordosis of the lumbar spine ("swayback").

Scoliosis is another type of spinal deformity. When viewing the spine from the front or back, scoliosis is a sideways curvature that makes the spine look more like an "S" or a "C" than a straight "I."

Meet the Spine Care Team

With the knowledge, skills and resources to treat an array of conditions from simple neck strains to complex spine disorders, the Spine Care Team at the Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois are working to change the face of back and neck care by providing comprehensive treatment with a personal approach. Our specialists truly work as a team and are fellowship trained to diagnose and treat back and neck pain.

Our goal is to deliver the best patient experience through clinical excellence and superior customer service. Our vision is to create an experience that will result in an unsurpassed reputation of excellence in Spine Care.

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Don A. Kovalsky, M.D.
Specializing in Spine Surgery
Treatment of the Injured Back
And Adult Reconstruction

Aiping Smith, M.D.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Pain Medicine

 

 

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