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Spine care

Spine specialists, who can be orthopedists or neurosurgeons, diagnose and treat injuries, trauma and diseases related to the spine. Spine care doctors also offer care for herniated disk, nerve damage, sciatica, neck pain or chronic back pain.

Back and spine specialists in Roanoke, Virginia

Your spine supports your entire body, so caring for it is vital to your overall health.

The spine care specialists at LewisGale Medical Center are here to relieve your back and neck pain and restore your mobility. We offer a diverse range of treatments, including physical rehabilitation and minimally invasive surgery.

Back or neck pain?

Take a positive step toward living with less back or neck pain. Use our free, online tool to understand your pain and what you can do about it.

Take a positive step toward living with less back or neck pain. Use our free, online tool to understand your pain and what you can do about it.

Spine conditions we treat

Our multidisciplinary spine care team provides care for numerous spinal conditions and injuries, including:

  • Bone spurs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Kyphosis
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Slipped vertebra
  • Spinal tumors and cancer
  • Spine fractures
  • Spine infections
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports injuries

Our spine care treatments

Our spine care team includes orthopedic doctors and surgeons, pain management specialists and physical therapists. We’re here every step of the way, from diagnosis through recovery.

Advanced diagnostic imaging tools

We are committed to offering high-quality spine and orthopedic care. That begins with a proper diagnosis. Our specialists aim to give you a precise diagnosis as quickly as possible so your doctor can form an individualized treatment plan to get you back to regular activities.

Some of the diagnostic imaging services we offer include:

  • Bone densitometry scans
  • Computerized tomography (CT) with tumor localization
  • Open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Nonsurgical spine treatments

Depending on the severity of your condition and your overall health, nonsurgical treatment for your spinal condition might be the best course of action. These treatments include nerve stimulation, radiofrequency ablation and spinal injections.

We also offer both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation services. This means you can get everything you need in one location, from one team.

Surgical treatments we provide

If you need surgery, we offer a variety of spine surgeries, including:

  • Direct lateral interbody fusion (DLIF) — This minimally invasive approach to spinal fusion involves the surgeon accessing the spine from the patient's side, sparing surrounding tissues and muscles.
  • Disc replacement surgery — This procedure involves surgically replacing a damaged disc with an artificial one.
  • Discectomy or microdiscectomy — This procedure involves removing all or part of the disc or the cushion between the vertebrae.
  • Foraminotomy — In this procedure, a surgeon removes bone or tissue to open the space where the nerves leave the spinal canal. It is sometimes performed with spinal fusion surgery.
  • Kyphoplasty — This surgical treatment for spinal fractures uses a balloon to create a space filled with medical cement.
  • Laminectomy or laminotomy — These procedures involve removing the part of the backbone that covers the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves. They are often performed with spinal fusion surgery.
  • Spinal fusion — This procedure increases spine stability by joining two vertebrae with bone grafts or, sometimes, implants, such as rods and screws.

Minimally invasive spinal surgery

In many cases, we can use minimally invasive surgery to stabilize joints, decompress pinched nerves, fuse bones and correct deformities — all through a few small incisions. This means less trauma to muscles and tissues, resulting in shorter operations, less pain after surgery and a faster recovery. Typically, you are able to go home after just one or two days.