Spine Medicine Specialist

Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine

Michael C. Geraci, Jr., MD, PT

Physical Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Williamsville, NY

Your spine forms the backbone of your musculoskeletal system and suffers a fair amount of stress. More often than not, spinal injuries or problems can impact your entire body, making expert medical attention by a spine specialist critical. Michael C. Geraci Jr., MD has 32 years of experience helping his patients overcome most spine problems without having to resort to surgery. To schedule a consultation, call his practice, Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine in Williamsville, New York, or fill out the online booking form.

Spine Medicine Q & A

What is the anatomy of the spine?

To better understand spine medicine, it’s helpful to step back and take a look at the structure of your spine. First, your spine has five sections:

  • Cervical spine, or neck
  • Thoracic spine, or mid-back
  • Lumbar spine, or low back
  • Your sacral spine
  • Your coccyx, or tailbone

Running the length of your spine are 33 vertebrae, which are separated by 23 discs that provide cushioning and movement along your spine. Also running along your spine are a network of connective soft tissue and nerves.

Several conditions can affect this complex structure: From spinal stenosis -- which is a narrowing of your spinal canal -- to disc issues such as degeneration and herniation.

What is a medical spine specialist and spine medicine?

A medical spine specialist, like Dr. Geraci, specializes in the mechanics of the spine and finds solutions without resorting to surgery. His approach works because he understands that by treating one area, he can improve your spine's overall function.

Dr. Geraci has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating the spine’s functional kinetic chain, including your hip, knee, ankle, and foot.

How are spinal conditions diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Geraci studies each issue from every angle to identify the best method for treating your spine issue. That includes:

  • Assessing your medical history
  • Performing a physical examination of your spine, hip, knee, ankle, and foot in functional positions (positions you may use for work, sport, or lifestyle activity)
  • Conducting a functional evaluation of your core and individual strength
  • Using diagnostic ultrasound

Once he diagnoses your condition, he turns to one or more of the following:

  • Fluoroscopically (using X-ray) and ultrasound-guided injections
  • Manual medicine
  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Prescription medications, but sparingly and only when needed
  • Physical therapy (in-office and at-home)

While Dr. Geraci’s goal is to help you avoid surgery, in some cases it may be necessary, especially if all other treatments have failed to remedy your problem. In these cases, he refers you to a specialist and then works with you postoperatively to rehabilitate and strengthen your spine.

If you’d like to explore spine medicine, call Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine.