Rare Disorders Of The Spine Specialists

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The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group

Neurosurgery located in Silver Spring, MD

If you have a rare spine disorder and need treatment, or you suspect a rare spine disorder is causing your symptoms, visit The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group. Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, the board-certified neurosurgeons have extensive experience diagnosing and treating rare disorders of the spine so you can regain your health and quality of life. To get the help you need, call today.

Rare Disorders of the Spine Q & A

What are the Rare Disorders of the Spine?

The National Institutes of Health defines rare diseases as conditions that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. Among the rare diseases and disorders that can affect the spine, The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group offers diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
  • Spinal tumors and cancer
  • Cauda equina syndrome
  • Tethered cord syndrome
  • Chiari malformation
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts or Tarlov cyst syndrome


The neurosurgeons have extensive experience and training in identifying these conditions based on your symptoms and appropriate diagnostic information and testing, like X-rays and MRIs.

What are the Symptoms of a Rare Spine Disorder?

General symptoms that may indicate a rare spine disorder include:

  • Spinal pain
  • Pain that’s worse at night
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function
  • Severe headaches
  • Syncope, or dizziness and fainting
  • Inability to bend or move your spine
  • Increased pain when coughing, sneezing, or having a bowel movement


The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group provides second opinions and accepts referrals from primary care physicians and specialists in the Washington, DC, area. Many spinal disorders can cause overlapping symptoms with other conditions since these disorders affect your nerves, muscles, and joints. If you need advanced diagnostic testing or treatment, the practice’s experts are available to help you.

How are Rare Disorders of the Spine Diagnosed?

The first step in diagnosing a rare disorder of the spine is a consultation and physical exam. Your provider evaluates your posture, range of motion, and symptoms to identify any red flags or specific concerns. They then refer you for X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan to get appropriate images of your spine.

You may need additional testing, like bone density screening or a nerve conduction velocity test. Based on your symptoms, physical exam, imaging, and testing, your provider determines your diagnosis and the best course of treatment.

How are Rare Disorders of the Spine Treated?

Treatment for your disorder depends on your diagnosis and the severity of your symptoms. The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group offers a variety of surgeries to address these spinal disorders along with appropriate medications and physical therapy to help you maintain flexibility, strength, and mobility.

If your provider recommends a surgical procedure, they explain what to expect before, during, and after your surgery and how long your recovery can take until you’re back to normal.

To set up an exam of your spine at The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group, call today.