Since spine injuries can affect virtually any body part, there is a wide range of conditions and symptoms that can result. From stenosis to sciatica and herniated discs, spine pain is often caused by a serious condition. Providing comprehensive options and innovative treatments, our reputation is the axis of our excellence.
Common Conditions & Procedures
- Cervical Disc Replacement
- Cervical Spine
- Cervical Fusion
- Degenerative Spine Conditions
- Disc Herniation
- Lumbar Spine
- Lumbar Fusion
- Nerve Root Injuries
- Spinal Cord Compression & Injury
- Spinal Fractures
- Spinal Stenosis
- Spine Arthritis
- Spine Bone Spur
- Thoracic Spine
- Thoracic Fusion
*Patients must have a doctor’s referral to see DMOS specialists.
- Neck and Back Care
Dr. Lynn Nelson has built an extensive practice involving the treatment of cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) injuries and conditions.
- Neck and Back Care
Dr. Zachary Ries has built his practice specializing in cervical (neck), thoracic, and lumbar spine surgery.
Don't have a referral? Visit our Spine Clinic.
The DMOS Spine Center—at Ankeny and West Des Moines locations—is the ideal place for patients with a variety of cervical or lumbar spine problems. These problems might include acute low back pain, chronic low back pain that needs orthopedic evaluation, upper extremity pain that could be from the cervical spine, or lower extremity pain that could be from the lumbar spine.
Types of Injuries Seen:
- Nontraumatic low back pain
- Nontraumatic neck pain
- Upper extremity pain that derives from the neck
- Upper extremity pain that derives from the back
- Work-related injuries (preauthorization required)
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Call to schedule an appointment: 515.224.4232
Patients with traumatic low back pain or neck pain who might have a fracture or dislocation are obviously more appropriate for an urgent emergency room evaluation initially.
Staci Little, A.R.N.P.
Staci Little believes in providing holistic, quality care to her DMOS patients as well as their families.
Sprains are injuries to your ligaments, which help hold the bones of your spine together. Strains are injuries to muscles or tendons that connect other muscles to back bones. Herniated discs cause sudden lower back pain and sometimes even numbness. The pain and numb feeling can extend through your buttocks, down your leg, and – for some people – all the way into the foot.
Most low back pain is the result of an injury, such as muscle sprains or strains due to sudden movements or poor body mechanics while lifting heavy objects. Low back pain can also be the result of certain diseases, such as: cancer of the spinal cord. a ruptured or herniated disc.
For minor, common causes of neck pain, try these simple remedies:
- Apply heat or ice to the painful area.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Keep moving, but avoid jerking or painful activities.
- Do slow range-of-motion exercises, up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear.