Spine Centers

Our highly skilled team of specialists offer advanced and effective treatment for people who have back or neck pain or who have suffered a back injury.

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Oregon Spine Center

844-943-1073 (Portland Metro Area and Southern Oregon)

Oregon Spine Center

844-943-1073 (Portland Metro Area and Southern Oregon)
Our approach to care

We take a conservative approach to spine care with the goal of minimal intervention and offer both non-surgical and surgical treatment options. Non-surgical treatments may include physical therapy, pain education classes, pain relieving injections and acupuncture.

If surgery is recommended, our fellowship-trained surgeons offer the latest diagnostic technology and minimally-invasive surgical techniques, which may yield shorter recovery times, less pain and better long-term results. With today's technology many people can have surgery and return home on the same day.

To see a spine surgeon, you may need a referral from a primary care provider and a recent (within the last year) MRI or CT of your spine. Your primary care provider can help determine whether it is time to consider surgery and help you through the process.

Care you can trust

In addition to top awards for Outstanding Patient Experience and America’s Best Hospitals Award by Healthgrades®, Providence Portland Medical Center was recognized as one of Oregon’s Best Regional Hospitals for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report.

Our specialists will work with you, and your primary care provider, to create a personalized treatment plan based on your condition and goals. Together, we’ll help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life so you can get back to doing what you love.

Is spine surgery right for you?

Conditions we treat include:
  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica and radiculopathy (nerve pain, pinched nerve)
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Spinal curvature (Scoliosis/Kyphosis/Deformities)
  • Spondylosis (spine pain such as degenerative disc disease, bone spur, spinal osteoarthritis)
  • SI joint pain
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis (disk degeneration, slipped vertebra)
  • Myelopathy (spinal cord dysfunction due to neck compression)
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Cauda equina and spinal tumors
  • Spine fractures

Back and neck pain are very common. Often, self-care, gentle exercise, and non-narcotic pain medicine, can help you get back to your life. It is a good idea to work with your primary care provider when you first have pain.

At Providence, we offer a wide variety of services to help diagnose and treat your condition.

Non-surgical treatments
  • Evaluation and management by a Physical Rehabilitation Medicine specialist (physiatrist). A physiatrist focuses on identifying the source of pain and will create individualized treatment plans to make it easier to do your daily activities.
  • Evaluation and management by a Physical Therapist (PT). Movement and exercise are an important part of the healing process. Your physical therapist will work with you to create an individualized care and exercise plan. We also offer specific kinds of physical therapy:
  • Work hardening therapy or Worker rehab, a whole body conditioning program designed to help an injured worker return to a specific job.
  • Acupuncture
  • Diagnostic imaging services, including MRI/CT
  • Electromyography(EMG)/Nerve conduction studies
  • Pain relieving injections
Spine surgery

Our board certified neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons practice at our four centers located in Providence hospitals:

Our spine surgeons are trained to perform the latest spinal surgeries:

  • Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty
  • Discectomy (including microdiscectomy)
  • Spinal decompression
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal reconstructive surgery
  • Spinal cord stimulators
Preparing for Spine Surgery
Preparing for spine surgery

To help you prepare for surgery on your back or neck, Providence Brain and Spine Institute offers these pre- and post-surgery tips and resources for recovering at home.

  • Please review the instructions you received from your surgeon's office. Note: if your surgeon's instructions are different from what is listed here, always follow your surgeon's instructions.
  • Download our complete guide to spine surgery.
  • Some of our spine surgeons use an application called Twistle to send patients reminders 7-14 days before surgery and after discharge. If you receive these messages, please read them and know that they are not spam. Messages come as a secure SMS text, and you can also download the Twistle app.
  • How to prepare your body for surgery:
    • Make sure all of your health care providers know that you are having surgery.
    • Follow instructions from your care team about stopping any medications prior to surgery.
    • Complete your phone or in-person visit with the pre-surgical care clinic nurse.
    • Follow the instructions for pre-op showers carefully, starting four days before surgery.
    • Make a plan for who will drive you home from the hospital and who will help you once you return home. If you need more support, check out this resource.
  • After spine surgery, it is important for you to keep moving. Watch instructions from our Physical Therapists on:
  • Watch instructions from our Occupational Therapists on:
  • If you still have questions after discharge:
    • Your surgeon's office is the best place to start. There is always a provider on call. Remember that pain medications need to be refilled 72 hours in advance at most offices.
    • Review the "Activities After Discharge" and "Is Your Recovery On Track" tools in the spine surgery guide.
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