Your Spine Care Specialist

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Akbar covers a broad conservative and surgical spectrum of spinal diseases and injuries.

He has been a specialist for orthopedics and trauma surgery for more than 10 years and has been the head of the Spine Centre at the Clinic for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery at the University of Heidelberg since 2015. He is specialized in spinal diseases and has a high level of surgical expertise due to over 10,000 independently performed spinal surgeries.

The MEOCLINIC has a wide-ranging diagnostic center, so that diagnostic clarification (diagnostic radiology as well as an MRI and CT examination) and neurological clarification in special cases as well as the complete preoperative assessment (anesthesia capability analysis) can be conducted at short notice. This enables us to narrow down your medical condition quickly and adjust the therapy concept to your needs.

Our spine care specialist will advise you in detail and discuss with you which treatment is the best in your case.

The Spine

The spine is the central axis of our body and provides flexibility and stability. It enables us to perform various movements in every direction. It also protects the spinal cord, which transmits information of our brain to the respective parts of the body and back again.

The spine consists of a total of 24 vertebrae and is divided into three areas: the cervical spine, the thoracic spine and the lumbar spine, to which the sacrum and the coccyx are connected.

The individual vertebrae consist of the vertebral body, vertebral arch and lamina and form the canal for the spinal cord. Between the vertebrae are the intervertebral discs.  These ensure the mobility of the spine and serve as a buffer between the individual vertebrae.

Occurring spinal diseases can be particularly noticeable through back pain. But also leg pain (neck arm pain), as well as paralysis and/or numbness of the legs (arms) can be the result of a spinal disease and have an enormous influence on the quality of life.

Spinal Diseases

In the following we would like to give you an overview of the various diseases of the spine. The therapy depends on the symptoms.

  • Slipped discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylarthrosis
  • Osteochondrosis
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebra due to wear)
  • Idiopathic scoliosis
  • Neuromuscular scoliosis
  • Neuromuscular kyphoscoliosis
  • Congenital scoliosis
  • Kyphosis (Scheuermann’s Kyphosis)
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebra in children)
  • Degenerative scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Post-traumatic kyphosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Flat back syndrome
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebra due to wear)
  • Spondylodiscitis