Spine and Back Pain

When it comes to the spine, Premier Health offers the experience and technology you deserve and expect. No matter the cause, our experienced team is ready to help.   

Our neurosciences team of specialists include board-certified and experienced neurosurgeons, neurologists, interventional neurologists, and neurocritical care neurologists who collaborate to provide care and treatment options with the goal of improving  quality of life.  We combine a patient-centered approach with advanced technology, research and unparalleled expertise to deliver the best possible outcomes. Premier Health provides convenient access to the region’s top neurologists at multiple locations throughout Southwest Ohio.

Our team collaborates to provide you with individualized treatment and results, from initial diagnosis to rehabilitative care.  Our neurosurgeons, neurologists and neurocritical care specialists lead the region in treatment of spine-related issues, and our neurointerventional specialists are skilled at using minimally invasive techniques to treat specific spine and back disorders. As Dayton’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, Miami Valley Hospital has the specialists and technology to treat nearly any back and spine issue.

Diagnosing Spine and Back Pain

As people age, the effects of trauma and normal wear and tear take a toll on the spine. Spine and back pain can result from damage to bones, joints, and discs. Misaligned joints and inflammation of tissues from arthritis also can cause spine and back pain.

Back pain is a complex condition that requires a team of experienced professionals. Premier Health’s spine team has excellent diagnostic skills and provides advanced treatment options. Imaging tests such as bone scans, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-rays can help determine the cause of back pain and guide your doctor’s treatment recommendation.

Offered through: Miami Valley HospitalAtrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center

Treating Back Pain

Imaging tests help determine the cause of spine and back pain and guide your doctor in recommending treatment. These tests include bone scans, computed tomography (CT) scans, and X-rays.

Treatment for spine and back pain often starts with the least-invasive methods first. These include:

  • Acupuncture 
  • Chiropractic care (non-aggressive cervical spine manipulation)
  • Exercise 
  • Injections 
  • Medication 
  • Nutrition counseling 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Dry Needling

Our team of specialists works closely to diagnose and treat back pain in its many forms. Whether we recommend physical therapy, medications or surgery, our goal is to get you back to your life as soon as possible. The conditions we treat include:

Premier Health’s experienced physicians offer a variety of surgical procedures to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. Types of back surgery include discectomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion and vertebroplasty.

Our surgeons and neurointerventionalists can use minimally invasive techniques for many of these procedures, making small incisions and using tiny instruments. Minimally invasive surgery can mean a faster recovery for patients.

Offered through: Miami Valley HospitalAtrium Medical CenterUpper Valley Medical Center

Spinal Cord Injury Diagnosis and Treatment

Spinal cord injury results in a loss of motor and/or sensory function. A spinal cord injury requires immediate treatment in the field by EMS to avoid long-term damage. Treatment starts with restraining the spine and controlling inflammation to prevent further damage. This can be achieved with bracing or traction. 

After the initial injury is surveyed, the multidisciplinary team uses different diagnostic tools to more thoroughly investigate damage to the spine. This can involve X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, angiography or neurological examinations.

Premier Health’s neurosurgeons work in collaboration with CareFlight Air and Mobile Services and the trauma team at Miami Valley Hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Center to provide the best possible treatment options for acute traumatic spine injuries.

In more severe cases, surgery is required to stabilize the spine. Our neurosurgical team works collaboratively to tailor the surgical decompression and stabilization techniques to the type of injury the patient sustained. 

Offered through: Miami Valley HospitalAtrium Medical CenterUpper Valley Medical Center

ROSA™ Spine

ROSA™is a minimally invasive robotic surgical assistant developed to assist in a variety of minimally invasive spinal surgical procedures. In spinal surgery, the robot assists the surgeon in the treatment of degenerative spine disease, spinal trauma, deformities and spinal cord tumors.  Miami Valley Hospital is the first in the nation to offer ROSA Spine. Learn more

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

Rehabilitation to Restore Function

In many cases, spinal cord injuries require substantial physical therapy and rehabilitation, especially if the patient’s injury interferes with activities of daily living. Premier Health’s rehabilitation services offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, oncology rehabilitation, physical medicine specialists, and rehabilitation nurses for the final stages of recovery.  

Offered through: Miami Valley HospitalAtrium Medical CenterUpper Valley Medical Center

Your Spine and Back Pain Team

Premier Health’s team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neurointerventionalists, neurocritical care specialists, neuroradiologists, hospitalists and other professionals collaborate with our trauma team to provide treatment for spinal injuries and back pain. Our physicians are experienced with common – and not-so-common – spine conditions. In the event of a spinal cord injury or condition, you want our experienced physicians on your team. Find a Physician.

Preparing for Spine Treatments 

Premier Health Library

The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about spine treatments and neurosciences. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for a surgery, and much more.

Content Updated: July 17, 2018

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