The clinicians at the Spine Centers at LifeBridge Health specialize in comprehensive management of degenerative and acute conditions of the spine. The center’s multidisciplinary team—neurologists, physiatrists (pain-management specialists), neurosurgeons, physical therapists, occupational therapists—treats adults who have pain in the back, neck, and upper and lower extremities that is caused by injury, illness or aging. Radiologists and social workers complement the team. These dedicated specialists help patients to achieve the best possible outcomes so that they can enjoy normal lifestyles.
Following is a list of some of the conditions and disorders that we treat at the Spine Center:
- Bone spurs and overgrowths
- Compression fractures
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Myofascial pain (inflammation of muscles and ligaments)
- Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis of the spine
- Pinched nerves
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal injuries and trauma
- Spine tumors
Physicians at the Spine Centers use the latest technology to thoroughly evaluate each patient. Following are some of the diagnostic tools used to determine the underlying cause of the condition. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computed tomography), ultrasound, EMG (electromyography), NCS (nerve conduction studies), diagnostic injection procedures and myelography are some of the diagnostic tools used to analyze and define a patient’s exact disorder.
After diagnosing patients’ conditions, the Spine Center’s neurologists and physiatrists develop individual treatment plans that are targeted to produce the best results. Treatment plans range from nonsurgical therapies (conservative management) to state-of-the-art surgical treatment.
Nonsurgical options include education and counseling, physical therapy, exercise at home, medication, epidural injections, nerve root blocks, and acupuncture. The center’s outpatient programs help patients to manage their back and neck pain and regain as much movement as possible. Under the direction of certified physical and occupational therapists, patients patients use various exercises and, if necessary, special equipment to help them recover maximum function.
When indicated or when conservative treatments no longer resolve a patient’s back or neck disorder, spine surgery may be recommended to effectively treat the problem. The Spine Centers offer the following surgical procedures:
- Anterior cervical discectomy
- Artificial disc technology
- Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine fusion (anterior and posterior)
- Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
- Minimally invasive spinal surgery
- Placement of a spinal cord stimulator, also known as neuromodulation therapy
- Posterior lumbar decompression/laminectomy
- Posterior lumbar microsurgical discectomy
- Spinal tumor ablation
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The revolutionary CyberKnife is a noninvasive robotic radiosurgery system that enables the neurosurgeon to deliver beams of high-dose radiation with extreme accuracy to tumors and to treat malformations in the brain, head, neck, and spine.
Spinal tumor ablation allows physicians to offer pain relief to patients with metastatic vertebral body tumors in a minimally invasive procedure without the use of ionizing radiation. Spinal tumor ablation is a pain-relieving procedure. It kills tumor in the bone, but it is not a cure for cancer. This system cannot be used for lesions in the cervical spine or for patients with pacemakers or other electronic implants.
Benefits of Treatment at the Spine Centers @ LifeBridge Health
The Spine Centers offer referring physicians easy access to the spine team, multidisciplinary review of complex spine cases, comprehensive care with state-of-the-art technology, and private patient rooms with overnight accommodations for family members.
Fellowship-trained specialists at the Spine Centers provide the utmost comprehensive care for all spinal disorders. Specially trained nurses and other staff members provide instruction and support to patients to ensure that they continue to benefit from treatment. If patients require surgery, we employ the most minimally invasive approach possible so that patients have less blood loss, reduced risk of infection, shorter hospital stays, and the best outcomes.
The Spine Center Team
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Dr. James Frazier, neurosurgeon, eases the
pain for patients with cancer.
In this WBAL-AM "Know Your Health" radio
clip, Dr. Brown discusses spasticity.
In this WBAL-AM “Know Your Health” radio
clip, Dr. Soriano discusses spinal compression fractures.
In this WBAL-AM “Know Your Health” radio
clip, Dr. Hartjen discusses lumbar spinal stenosis.