Neck & Spine | Conditions & Treatments | MedStar Health

The spine program at MedStar Health is well respected in the Washington DC, Baltimore, Maryland, and Northern Virginia regions for the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of back and spine disorders. Our program brings together a variety of skilled specialists with experience in a wide range of spinal conditions, including some of the most complex conditions seen in orthopedic medicine.

Our multidisciplinary team includes orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, physiatrists (rehabilitative medicine physicians), nursing staff, physical and occupational therapists, radiologists, and an interventional pain management team — and we put all of our expertise to work for you, to get you back to your active life.

Use the following links to learn more about how MedStar Health orthopedic physicians can diagnose and treat your back or spine conditions:

  • Back and spine non-surgical treatments

  • Spinal surgery

  • Spine rehabilitation

Diagnosis and Conditions

When you arrive at a MedStar facility with back and spine pain, our orthopedic teams will thoroughly review your medical history and symptoms and may perform a range of physical and laboratory examinations — all with the goal of making the most accurate diagnosis so we can give you the best treatment.

The most common screenings to pinpoint the source of your back or associated pain include the following:

  • X-rays show the alignment of your bones and whether you have degenerative joint disease or possible tumors.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) scans can reveal a herniated disc or problems with muscles, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, or blood vessels.
  • Myelography uses dye to show areas where your spinal cord may be getting pinched by the vertebrae in you back.
  • Bone scans detect bone tumors or compression fractures caused by osteoporosis.
  • Electrodiagnostic studies can confirm nerve compression caused by herniated discs or spinal stenosis.
  • Discograms determine any damage to discs.
  • Electromyography (EMG) assesses nerve or muscle damage.


Understanding your pain is the first step in relieving it. Once an accurate diagnosis is reached, your MedStar orthopedic specialist can discuss with you the specifics of your condition and determine a treatment plan that will meet your individual needs. Learn more about the back and spine pain and conditions our physicians can help you address: