At St. Joseph Hospital, back support means more than performing procedures. It means surrounding you with a supportive team of physician specialists, registered nurses, pain-management experts, and physical and occupational therapists who understand the debilitating impact that back pain and injuries can have on your life. It means offering options for controlling pain and restoring function without surgery whenever possible. And when surgery is needed, it means assuring you that you’re in experienced hands.
Our Spine Program is dedicated to applying the latest evidence, technology and advancements in back and neck care to return you to the highest possible level of pain-free functioning – because back support means more here.
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From conservative therapies to complex surgical procedures, we provide expertise in treating a wide range of back and neck conditions, including:
- Degenerative disk disease
- Failed back surgeries
- Herniated disks
- Lower-back pain
- Myelopathy (spinal cord problems due to compression in the neck)
- Radiculopathy (pinched nerves)
- Scoliosis (adult and pediatric)
- Spinal deformities
- Spinal fractures
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
- Spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebra)
St. Joseph Hospital routinely serves as a regional referral center for the most difficult procedures to restore spinal alignment and relieve pain. When possible, we use minimally invasive techniques, which involve smaller incisions, less blood loss, reduced need for pain medication and a faster return to normal activities. In addition, through our participation in FDA studies, we’re often able to give patients access to new technologies not available elsewhere in the region. Our first-rate team has earned us recognition by U.S.News & World Report as one of the nation's top 50 orthopedic hospitals.
Our orthopedic and neurosurgeons perform the following surgical procedures, among many others:
- Minimally invasive spinal fusion (cervical, thoracic and lumbar)
- Minimally invasive spinal decompression
- Artificial disk replacement
- Reconstructive surgery for spinal deformities
- Complex revision surgery for scoliosis
All back and neck surgeries at St. Joseph Hospital are performed in state-of-the-art “smart operating rooms,” so named for their sophisticated monitoring equipment, imaging and navigation technology and other advancements.
We take a team approach to correcting back and neck problems, providing expert care through every step of the treatment process. Our team includes many nationally recognized physicians, specially trained nurses dedicated exclusively to spine patients, and specialists in conservative therapies and supportive services, including these:
- Diagnostic imaging
- Pain management, including pain-relieving injections and epidurals, through the hospital’s outpatient Pain Clinic
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Home health care