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Atlanto-Axial Dislocations

When dealing with injuries in crucial areas of the body, you need a team you can trust. Our specialists understand the severity of an atlanto-axial dislocation, and will deliver a precise treatment plan and/or surgery to help alleviate your problems.*

Between the brain and the spine is an important region that connects the brain to the rest of the body. This region is made up of the atlas, and the axis. These two mechanisms have complex interactions that allow for signals to be sent to and from the brain. As well, the connections between these two mechanisms allow for high mobility and stability in the neck. When the spacing between the atlas and axis are compressed, the function of the area is compromised. This can lead to serious complications, and should be treated immediately.

At the New York Spine Institute, we have several offices in greater New York City, Long Island, White Plains and Newburgh, NY. To see one of our spine specialists, please schedule a consultation with us today.

WHY CHOOSE NEW YORK SPINE INSTITUTE

Quality Care

If you are experiencing neck, back, or spine issues, trust New York Spine Institute to give you the quality care you deserve. Our doctors are here to solve your medical problems.*

Industry Leaders

With decades of experience in the medical field, Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D., FAAOS is the medical doctor of New York Spine Institute. A trusted name in the medical field, he is ready to use his expertise to help treat every patient’s spinal problems.

Multiple Languages

We have a diverse staff that is ready to accommodate your needs in multiple languages including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Russian.  

Understanding the Causes Of Atlanto-Axial Dislocations

Some atlanto-axial dislocations are caused by poor development of the region. Young patients that are born with improper structure in this region can develop a collapse in spacing, and pinching of the nerves inside it. This injury can also develop over time as continuous neck movements irritate a past trauma in the area. If you beginning to feel symptoms of an atlanto-axial dislocation, contact us today.

Some symptoms include:

  • Sudden falls
  • Vertigo
  • Tinnitus/ringing in the ears
  • Facial pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Instability throughout body
  • Severe migranes

Diagnosing Your Atlanto-Axial Dislocation

Atlanto-Axial instability is highly documented through radiography. X-rays have shown consistency in images of patients suffering from atlanto-axial dislocations. As well, a physical examination should be done to pinpoint the root cause of your symptoms.

Treatment Options For Atlanto-Axial Dislocations

While just two decades ago the treatment methods for atlanto-axial dislocations were considered highly dangerous, tremendous advancements have been made to treat this common injury. One non-surgical treatment method is called prolotherapy. Atlanto-Axial dislocations cause damage to the capsular ligaments, and prolotherapy is an injection based treatment that promotes healing in these ligaments. As well, there are various surgical procedures such as posterior fusion surgery which reintroduce atlanto-axial stability and alleviate patient symptoms.

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.

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When dealing with injuries in crucial areas of the body, you need a team you can trust. Our specialists understand the severity of an atlanto-axial dislocation, and will deliver a precise treatment plan and/or surgery to help alleviate your problems.*

When dealing with injuries in crucial areas of the body, you need a team you can trust. Our specialists understand the severity of an atlanto-axial dislocation, and will deliver a precise treatment plan and/or surgery to help alleviate your problems.*