Over the past 12 years, board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon Brittney L. Lambie, MD, FAAOS, has served the communities of Orlando, Daytona and Lake Nona. During those years, she says that she gets a daily dose of inspiration from her patients.
“My patients are my inspiration. When I see them struggling with pain and disability, and they have the courage to do something about it – that truly inspires me,” says Dr. Lambie, who specializes in the comprehensive treatment of adult spine conditions. She treats patients who have degenerative spine disease, spine deformities, and spine injuries who are experiencing neck and back pain.
New to Hughston Orthopaedics Clinic, Dr. Lambie is treating patients with various spine-related conditions, such as herniated discs, spinal fractures, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, and other spinal deformities. She also treats spinal injuries caused by trauma or accidents. “When I see my patient’s determination and perseverance to beat the condition or injury that afflicts them, it makes me even more unwavering in my determination to help.”
As a fellowship-trained reconstructive spine surgeon, Dr. Lambie appreciates that every patient is unique and that each neck or back problem requires a personalized and thoughtful solution. “Spine disease touches a diverse group of patients old and young, men and women, and it gives physicians a broad range of operative and non-operative interventions to offer. My emphasis is always nonsurgical first and less invasive surgical options if necessary.
“The best news I can give to someone who is experiencing back pain is that most patients can be treated without surgery,” explains Dr. Lambie. “At Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics, we offer our patients physical therapy, medications, braces, and other pain management practices to overcome their debilitating pain without going to surgery.” She works closely with regional non-operative spine specialists to coordinate the best possible care, reserving surgical options for those patients who have failed non-operative management. ”People who are suffering from spine pain want to improve their quality of life.” This means that sometimes surgical intervention is the only way to alleviate their symptoms, relieve their pain, and improve their life.
While Dr. Lambie is new to Hughston Orthopaedics in Lake Nona, she is already part of the team of physicians who have devoted their lives to the study of orthopaedics and the treatment of musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital conditions. The Hughston clinics offer specialized services in spine, hand, foot, joint, sports medicine and trauma. Most Hughston surgeons hold added certifications in specialty areas, making them the most sought-after orthopaedic physicians in the area.
Over the last decade, there have been tremendous advancements in technology, including biologics, motion preservation, minimally invasive surgery, and robotics in the area of spine care. Surgery often allows a patient to return to their normal activities and life with less pain and greater function. “I’m grateful for patients who share with me how I helped them get back to their normal life. Those stories are what keeps me smiling. Ask any doctor and they will say, “It’s the ability to improve a patient’s quality of life that makes orthopaedics such a wonderful profession.”
Debilitating spine deformities and pain affects the overall health, bone quality, and stature of patients. Walking, standing or bending hinders their movements, which, in turn, affects the patient’s lifestyle and ability to live an active life. Dr. Lambie adds, “After surgery, the pain is gone and the patient is healthier, taller, more self-confident, and can do what they want to do. Nothing is more inspirational than that!”