Dr. Bitan treats pediatric and adult patients with a wide range of rare and common spine disorders, conditions, and injuries.
Herniated discs (lumbar and cervical)
A herniated disk occurs when a portion of the nucleus pushes through a crack in the annulus. Symptoms may occur if the herniation compresses a nerve.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. Spinal stenosis occurs most often in the lower back and the neck.
Failed Back Syndrome
If you are one of the many patients worldwide who are still in pain following back surgery, Dr. Bitan may be able to help. He performs many revision surgeries each year on patients whose initial surgeries elsewhere were unsuccessful. In many cases, this is the result of an earlier misdiagnosis.
Dr. Bitan has four decades of experience reading MRIs and X-rays and diagnosing the precise cause of back pain. He can often pinpoint the problem during an office visit, and fix both the surgical damage and initial injury or disorder during surgery.
Dr. Bitan is an expert at accurately diagnosing and treating sacroiliac joint dysfunction, a condition that is frequently misdiagnosed.
The sacroiliac joint lies next to the bottom of the spine, below the lumbar spine and above the tailbone. Dysfunction in the sacroiliac joint can cause low back and leg pain. The symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction are notoriously difficult to diagnose because they can mimic other common conditions, including other mechanical back pain conditions and lumbar spine conditions such as disc herniation. The leg pain may feel similar to sciatica or pain caused by a lumbar disc herniation.
Flat Back Syndrome
Flatback syndrome is a condition in which the lower spine loses some of its normal curvature. It is a type of sagittal imbalance, or front-to-back imbalance in the spine. Normally, the spine has several gentle front-to-back curves. The lumbar (lower) spine has a lordosis, or inward curve.