Back and Spine Specialist
Find a back and spine specialist at Salem Hospital.
For patients who require spine surgery or who are seeking consultation with a back and spine specialist, Salem Hospital, a member of Mass General Brigham, offers world-class care at convenient North Shore locations. As the region’s largest health care provider, Salem Hospital offers patients exceptional back and spine specialists.
A back and spine specialist provides a full spectrum of spine care. Our medical spine physicians diagnose and treat spinal problems using non-surgical techniques, while our surgical spine specialists have expertise in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery and back pain surgery.
Conditions treated by a back and spine specialist
- Injuries and diseases of the spine
- Neck and back injuries
- Ruptured disks in spine
- Spinal cord tumors
- Inflammatory conditions and infections (e.g., myelopathy and radiculopathy)
- Employment related spinal injuries
- Disc herniations and disc disease
- Spinal fractures
- Peripheral nerve disorder
- Congenital spinal abnormalities
- Failed back
- Spinal cord compression
- Spinal stenosis
Non-surgical treatment with a medical back and spine specialist
Patients normally consult first with a medical back and spine specialist to explore non-surgical options. Working with physical therapists, neurology physicians and pain management specialists, a medical back and spine specialist may recommend treatments that include physical therapy, aquatic therapy, spinal injections, medication, and exercise.
Procedures performed by a surgical back and spine specialist
If a patient’s spine condition does not respond to medical treatment, the next step is to meet with a surgical back and spine specialist to discuss surgical options. A back and spine specialist will recommend the least invasive, most effective and safest course of treatment. This may include minimally invasive procedures such as:
- Microsurgical decompression
- Spinal stenosis treatment
Complex spine surgery performed by a back and spine specialist may include:
- Artificial disc replacement
- Kyphoplasty for osteoporotic compression fractures
- Computer guided surgery