Spinal Surgery Specialists Opelika AL

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David William Scott, MD
(334) 749-8303
PO Box 2125
Opelika, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1977

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Todd Michael Sheils, MD
(205) 934-4668
121 N 20th St Ste 18
Opelika, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1998

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Frazier Kavanuagh Jones
(334) 749-8303
121 N 20th St
Opelika, AL
Specialty
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Dr.Frazier Jones
(334) 749-8303
121 N 20th St # 18
Opelika, AL
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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David William Scott
(334) 749-8303
121 N 20th St
Opelika, AL
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Benj Franklin Thomas III, MD
(334) 749-8303
PO Box 2125
Opelika, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1973

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P Keith Woodall, DDS
(334) 749-1268
121 N 20th St Ste 20
Opelika, AL
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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James Rodman Whatley, MD
(334) 749-8303
PO Box 2125
Opelika, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1974

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Frazier Kavanaugh Jones, MD
(334) 749-8303
PO Box 2125
Opelika, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1990

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Robert J McAlindon
(334) 528-2663
2000 Pepperell Parkway
Opelika, AL
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Spinal Tumors

A Patient's Guide to Spinal Tumors

Introduction

A tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue. There are several types of tumors that can develop in or near the spine. There are many types of spinal tumors. They can involve the spinal cord, nerve roots, and/or the vertebrae (bones of the spine) and pelvis.

There are two classifications of spine tumors. A spinal tumor can be primary, meaning it comes from cells within or near the spine. Primary tumors of the spine are rare. More commonly a spinal tumor that is found is a secondary spinal tumor. This means that the tumor traveled there from somewhere else in the body.

Tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

This guide will give you a general overview of spinal tumors and help you understand

  • what parts of the spine are involved
  • what causes spinal tumors
  • how doctors diagnose the condition
  • what treatment options are available

Anatomy

What parts of the spine are involved?

The cervical spine is formed by the first seven vertebrae. The cervical spine starts at the bottom edge of the skull. It ends where it joins the top of the thoracic spine. The thoracic spine is where the chest begins and is made up of twelve vertebrae. This region is different than the other areas of the spine because it has ribs attached to the vertebrae. It ends where it joins with the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is made up of five vertebrae in the lower back. It joins with the sacrum or pelvis at the bottom.

Each vertebra is formed by a round block of bone, called a vertebral body. A bony ring attaches to the back of the vertebral body. When they are stacked on top of one another, the rings form a hollow tube called a neural arch. This forms a canal where the spinal cord is located. The spinal cord is protected by the bone. The spinal cord begins at the base of the brain, just below the medulla or brain stem. It ends in the lumbar spine at about the first or second lumbar vertebrae where it is called the conus medullaris. Here it splits into many fibers. This is called the cauda equina because it looks like a horse's tail.

The spinal cord is a tube of nerve cells that is hollow in the middle. It carries sensory and motor messages to and from the body and the brain. It is surrounded by layers of tissue and fluid called the cerebral spinal fluid. It is housed in the vertebral or spinal column which is made up of 24 bones, called vertebrae. Vertebrae are stacked on top on one another to form the spinal column. The spinal column is the body's main upright support.

There are three layers of tissue that surround the spinal cord. The thin, delicate lining of the spinal cord is the pia mater. The next layer is the arachnoid membrane. It was named that because it looks like a spider web. The outermost layer that is thicker and tougher is called the dura mater. These layers are continuous with the layers covering ...

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