MBSP DoctorsYou’re here to learn more about a brain, spine or pain issue impacting you or a loved one. We’re here to help you find answers and bring you peace of mind.

When you first visit MBSP, we make it our priority to get to know you and your condition. Our highly skilled and compassionate medical team of pain management specialists, neurosurgeons, physician assistants and nurses dedicate themselves to providing the best treatment available for whatever spinal, head, neck, arm, leg or back ailment is causing you discomfort.

Call us at (410) 266-2720 and make an appointment.

By the time you leave MBSP, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing you are in the hands of the region’s most knowledgeable medical professionals.


CONDITIONS

Acute Cervical Disc Herniation, Pinched Nerve, Bulging Disc

Aging of the spine along with strains or injuries (amongst other causes) can lead to new diagnosis of disc bulge or herniation. The pain can be in the neck with muscle spasm and tenderness in the shoulders and upper back or can pinch nerves that exit the neck and move down the arm, causing arm achiness or numbness in the hands and fingers. Acute cervical disc problems can be corrected and healed when professionally trained experts personally manage a treatment plan that works with your body to provide the best restoration. Our goal is to help you fix the problem so that you can return back to the activities you love most—pain free. Visit MBSP today so we can get you on track and treat your pain with the most advanced techniques and understanding.

Acute Lumbar Disc Herniation, Pinched Nerve, Bulging Disc

Can present as extreme pain in the back and pain moving down one or both legs. Acute lumbar disc bulging or herniation can occur as a result of natural aging or while lifting or twisting and also from injury at home or at work. Our physician experts look forward to working with you and know the right treatment for you to restore and heal. Don’t delay; visit us today to start now on the right treatment plan for your back.

Arthritis

Arthritis is normal with aging of bone and joints, but sometimes arthritis can be very severe and painful. Arthritis in the neck and back can present as tender and painful neck and back pain. It can also present as stiffness and pain with movement of the neck or low back. Customized treatments exist to not just manage but treat arthritis of the spine. Schedule your appointment today to meet one of our expert pain physicians and discuss the best treatment for you.

Arm Pain

The pain can be described as ‘shooting’ or ‘electric’ while for others as a ‘numbness’ or ‘pin-prick’. A variety of symptoms can present as arm and muscle pain. Causes can be metabolic (such as diabetes), nerve-related (like a pinched nerve) or muscular (such as shoulder tendonitis). An evaluation by a well-trained physician can help determine an accurate diagnosis and prescribe an effective treatment plan to get rid of troublesome pain.

Brain tumor

A brain tumor is a collection (or mass) of abnormal cells in the brain. The skull is very rigid and the brain is enclosed, so any growth inside such a restricted space can cause problems. Brain tumors can be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign). What to learn more? Read our article on Brain Tumor Advances by one of our board-certified neurosurgeons, Dr. Burke.

Cervical/Lumbar Herniated Disc

Disc herniation in the neck causes pain or pressure on the spinal cord. Patients may elect for surgical procedures to treat cervical herniation when conservative measures like pain management epidural steroid injections, physical therapy and the natural healing time-frame fail to alleviate symptoms.

Cervical Neck Pain

This type of pain develops as a result of an accident or injury. Some patients wake up with neck pain after ‘sleeping wrong’ while others develop neck pain after overuse or improper posture at work. A variety of causes can lead to cervical neck pain, some minor while others serious. For the best care and safety of your neck and spine, visit our pain management specialist for an accurate diagnosis and early treatment.

Concussion

A blow to the head can cause a concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury, which prevents the brain from functioning normally. Concussion symptoms include: headache, nausea, stumbling, dizziness, foggy vision, fatigue, mood swings and sleep disturbances. Prompt and proper medical attention is paramount. At MBSP, doctors use the latest research and technologies to treat concussion and help prevent the adverse, long-term effects of this injury.

Learn more about Concussions.

Degenerative Disc Disease

This condition occurs when the discs, the spongy pads that protect the spinal vertebrae from touching each other, begin to erode. When the discs wear away, the bony vertebrate rub against each other, causing pain and friction. The discs can herniate (bulge) or fall out of alignment. The most common early symptom of degenerative disc disease is usually pain in the back that spreads to the buttocks and upper thighs. When back specialists refer to degenerative disc disease, they are usually referring to a combination of problems in the spine that “start” with damage to the disc, but eventually begin to affect all parts of the spine.

For the right candidate, Spinal Artificial Disc Replacement is a great option. To find out if disc replacement is right for you, visit us.

Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus develops when cerebrospinalfluid (CSF; a special fluid around the brain and spine) is blocked from circling around and obstructed from being reabsorbed (as more CSF is made). This causes the watery fluid to overload the skull, which is not very compliant and can cause increased pressure when fluid (or blood for that matter) accumulates. A shunt is a pressure relief passage way created to drain CSF out of the brain when normal drainage pathway is blocked.

Intracerebral Hemorrhage

Intracerebral hemorrhage is a bleed within the brain tissue itself (as opposed to a subdural hematoma which develops between the brain and the skull). Intracerebral hemorrhages most commonly develop after traumatic injury (fall, motor vehicle collision, etc.).

Low back Pain

This area includes pain from the spine (degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, etc.) and also painful conditions such as muscle spasms or joint arthritis. Low back pain is a leading cause of disability in America. At MBSP, we are experts in low back pain. The sooner you visit us the better: early, accurate diagnosis with the right treatment is key to healing, restoring function, and preventing disability. If you suffer from low back pain, visit with one of our board-certified physicians today.

Pituitary Tumors

A pituitary tumor is an abnormal growth of cells within the pituitary gland – a tiny hormone gland found at the base of the brain. Most pituitary tumors are non-cancerous, grow slowly and do not spread to other parts of the body; however, they can make the pituitary gland produce either too many or too few hormones, which can cause problems in the body. Generally, treatment depends on the type of tumor, the size of the tumor, whether the tumor has invaded or pressed on surrounding structures, such as the brain and visual pathways, and the individual’s age and overall health.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Some people have pain in the buttocks that worsens with sitting. The SI joint (located in the space between the sacrum and the pelvis) is at risk for arthritis just like other joints such as the hip or knees. Patients with SI joint pain may first try injections with a pain management doctor or physical therapy to strengthen and support the joint.

When conservative measures aren’t enough, and the pain is so severe it affects your quality of life, iFuse surgery is an option.

Sciatica

Patients suffering from sciatica feel an electric-like pain, described as ‘sharp, or ‘shooting.’ They fear normal activities like bending or twisting, or even such daily tasks like going from standing to sitting. Sciatica results from nerve irritation in the spine from a variety of causes including degenerative disc disease, disc bulge or herniation, spinal stenosis and other causes. A visit with one of our physician experts can help determine the accurate cause of your sciatica and tailor a treatment plan that is customized to you and your body. Visit us today to treat your sciatica and return to activities in your life you enjoy most.

Spinal Stenosis – Lumbar

Compression of the spinal cord or the exiting nerves can occur as a result of disc herniation or bulging, bony-tightness or sometimes naturally as a result of aging. Spinal stenosis can lead to leg weakness or pain, numbness in the foot, and also back pain. Early diagnosis and treatment is important, and, under the care of the right physician specialists, spinal stenosis can be treated successfully. Maryland Brain Spine + Pain combines the expertise of pain physicians and neurosurgeons that treat patients with spinal stenosis daily and know the right treatment for you. Helping patients receive the healing they need and restore function is at the center of our practice.

New surgical options such as Coflex offer relief of pain from spinal stenosis and other back conditions. To find out if Coflex is right for you, visit with one of our surgeons.

Spinal Stenosis – Cervical

Cervical stenosis is a slowly progressive condition that pinches the spinal cord in the neck. Cervical myelopathy refers to this compression of the cervical spinal cord as a result of spinal stenosis as is most common in elderly patients. Lumbar stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back; symptoms include intense back pain, occasional weakness or numbness in the back and legs, and not having the ability to walk for long periods of time.

For the right patient, cervical spine surgery can provide pain relief and improved quality of life. Click here for a testimony from one of our patients after cervical spine surgery. Want to know more? Visit us.

Spondylosis

Spondylosis refers to degeneration or stiffening of the spine. The term can be used to describe pain in the neck (cervical spondylosis), lower back (lumbar spondylosis), and middle back (thoracic spondylosis). Literally it can be translated to mean that one has both pain and spine degeneration, regardless of what is causing the pain or where the degeneration is occurring.

Subdural Hematoma

A subdural hematoma is usually the result of a head injury and can be life-threatening. A pooling of blood underneath the skull causes compression of brain tissue, loss of consciousness, and an altered mental status. Subdural hematomas can develop as an emergency after trauma or show symptoms weeks later; immediate treatment is critical.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is a nerve disorder that is extremely painful. Symptoms are similar to a stabbing or electric-shock-like pain to parts of the face. Doctors use a variety of methods to cut or damage the trigeminal nerve, to try to stop it from sending the pain messages to your brain

Vascular Malformation

Vascular malformations are congenital (at birth) anomalies in the way in which blood vessels develop allowing for abnormal connections that place patients at risk for dangerous brain bleeds. They become apparent at different ages and can appear as a lump under the skin that causes pain wherever it is located.

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