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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.

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Neck and back pain specialists in Richmond, Virginia

Our spine doctors help restore your quality of life.

Persistent back pain can affect everything you do, from playing with your kids to sleeping well. At Parham Doctors’ Hospital, a campus of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, our specialists can pinpoint the cause of your pain and effectively treat it so you can finally feel better.

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.

Spinal conditions we treat

Our spine surgeons treat a variety of injuries, diseases and disorders that affect the neck and back, including:

  • Bone spurs
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Curvature of the spine
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Slipped vertebra
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spine fractures
  • Spine infections
  • Sports injuries

Types of spine care we offer

We provide comprehensive treatments that includes both orthopedic and neurological services. We also offer in-house pain management and rehabilitation so you can get what you need from one team, in one place.

Spine imaging

Our spine specialists may order imaging tests to help them evaluate your back and create a treatment plan. These imaging tests may include:

  • 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (3T MRI)
  • Digital biplane angiography
  • Open MRI
  • Large-opening computerized tomography (CT) scanner with tumor localization

Back and spine treatments

We offer nonsurgical and minimally invasive spine treatments, including:

  • Nerve stimulation techniques — pain relief through a low-voltage electrical current to the nerves
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation — core strengthening and stabilization using supervised exercises and stretches
  • Radiofrequency energy and heat ablation — outpatient procedure using radiofrequency energy or heat to destroy the nerves that cause pain
  • Spinal injections — pain relief and inflammation reduction through medications that are injected using image-guided technology
  • Spine surgery — traditional surgery or, whenever possible, minimally invasive surgery

Advanced spine surgery

We continuously find new ways to treat spine conditions. For example, we use bioresorbable spinal implant devices (short-term implants that gently dissolve) and spinal tissue regeneration techniques. We have also pioneered techniques for cervical spine disorders. In fact, we were the first in Central Virginia to perform cervical artificial disc replacements.

Some of the other spine procedures we perform include:

  • Disc replacement surgery — This surgery replaces a damaged disc (the cushion between the vertebrae) with an artificial one.
  • Discectomy/microdiscectomy — This surgery removes all or part of the disc.
  • Foraminotomy — This treatment removes bone or tissue to open the space where the nerves leave the spinal canal. It's sometimes performed alongside spinal fusion surgery.
  • Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty — These treatments involve injecting medical cement into the spine to treat spinal fractures, ease pain and restore height.
  • Laminectomy or laminotomy — This procedure removes the back of one or more vertebrae to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves. It's often performed along with spinal fusion surgery.
  • Spinal fusion — This procedure joins two vertebrae using bone grafts and sometimes implants, such as rods and screws. It helps improve the stability of the spine.

Preoperative education classes

We offer spine education classes to help prepare you and your coach for surgery and your recovery at home. The classes are provided by the spine program coordinator and also include instructions about therapy.

About our spine surgery classes

A coach can be a family member, friend or caregiver who will help you at home after surgery. The coach is invited to attend the presurgical class with you.

The spine program coordinator will work with you and your coach through your spine surgery to be sure you are progressing. They will also ensure your satisfaction throughout the entire care experience.

Cervical (neck) surgery classes are offered:

  • Thursdays at 9:30am at Parham Doctors' Hospital
  • Fridays at 9:30am at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital

Lumbar (back) spine surgery classes are offered:

  • Thursdays at 1:00pm at Parham Doctors' Hospital
  • Fridays at 1:00pm at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital

For more registration information, please contact us at (804)-967-5352.


Our approach to spine surgeries

Meet our doctors and hear one patient's story about how we approach spine surgery, specifically minimally invasive procedures, multi-level disc replacement and anterior cervical fusion.

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Pictured text: Doc Minute: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Parham Doctors' Hospital HCAVA A Campus of Henrico Doctors' Hospital.
Pictured text: Doc Minute: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Parham Doctors' Hospital HCAVA A Campus of Henrico Doctors' Hospital.
Doc Minute: Anterior Cervical Spinal Fusion