Bones, Muscles & Joints (Orthopaedics)
Montefiore Medical Center's team at the Division of Spine Surgery embraces the latest technologies and minimally invasive techniques for many spine procedures. By using minimally invasive techniques, our surgeons minimize pain and return patients faster to their daily routines as quickly as possible.
Patients of all ages visit us for comprehensive care for many neck and back disorders, including:
- Bone diseases such as osteoporosis, spine fractures and spine tumors
- Degenerative diseases such as kyphosis
- Herniated discs
- Neurological injuries
- Pinched nerves
Patients seeking treatment typically experience pain, numbness, or weakness in the arms, legs, neck or back. Although many patients benefit from non-invasive treatment, other patients' conditions might require surgery.
Outstanding Expertise and Care
Our fellowship-trained physicians spend a great deal of time with patients, discussing their condition and answering questions, educating them about treatment options, and matching their expectations and goals with the best treatment plan. Our doctors work together with other spine specialists in a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to achieve the optimal outcome for each individual. Other team members who contribute to patients' care include: surgeons, radiologists, pain management specialists, physical therapists and physiatrists.
Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatment
Back pain affects 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. Whether it is lower back, neck or sciatic pain, the symptoms are the underlying cause of conditions such as osteoarthritis, muscle, disc or nerve complications.
At the Division of Spine Surgery, conservative, noninvasive care is often the first approach to treating patients with neck and back pain, including:
For many patients, back pain eases within as little as two weeks, regardless of the type of treatment. However, if noninvasive methods are not successful in alleviating pain, surgery may be the best alternative, depending on the circumstances and patient condition.
If a patient requires surgery, he or she is a likely candidate for minimally invasive techniques that have greatly reduced the recovery time from spine surgery. New instrumentation and technologies allow our surgeons to make smaller incisions, enabling patients to regain their mobility more quickly than more traditional back surgeries. These minimally invasive techniques can be applied to small and large herniated discs, narrowing of the spinal canal or tumors.
The Division of Spine Surgery is dedicated to advancing new techniques and exploring innovative technologies through basic science and clinical studies. By generating new information regarding the impact and prevalence of injuries and diseases of the neck and lower back, we assist with the cultivation of new devices and techniques, which enhance the safety and effectiveness of treatment for patients.
In addition to our ongoing research, members of our division are actively involved in professional organizations such as: the North American Spine Society, the Scoliosis Research Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. In an effort to advance scientific innovation in medicine, we regularly present our study results and discoveries to the spine surgery community.