The Spine Center for Comprehensive Treatment | MedStar Health

MedStar Health spine services incorporates a team approach where you are cared for not by one physician, but rather our group of experts including pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, interventional radiologists, physiatrists, neurologists, rheumatologists, spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, specialized pharmacists as well as certified physical and occupational therapists. This approach ensures that you get the best possible combination of treatment options based on your specific type of back pain diagnosis, including your examination findings, lifestyle, occupation, and recreational interests.

Our specialists treat orthopedic-related pain related to the spine, which include spine surgeries, the correction of failed spine surgeries, and neck surgery. We also provide treatment of all types of orthopedic pain, both surgically and non-surgically.

Spine services

Surgical and non-surgical treatment for back and spine pain and injuries.

Spine disorders expert diagnosis

Your first visit to the Spine Center at MedStar Harbor Hospital will include a thorough history and physical. Your surgeon may also recommend tests such as:

  • X-rays or CT scans: to show the alignment of your bones and whether you have osteoarthritis or possible tumors
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): can reveal herniated discs or problems with internal body structures
  • Myelography: uses dye to show areas where your spinal cord may be getting pinched by the vertebrae in your back. This may be done if a patient cannot get an MRI
  • Bone scans: detect bone tumors or compression fractures caused by osteoporosis
  • Electrodiagnostic studies: can confirm nerve compression caused by herniated discs or spinal stenosis
  • Electromyography (EMG): assesses nerve or muscle damage

Your surgeon will also discuss treatment options with you once your evaluation and tests are finished.

Spine conditions treated

  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar stenosis
  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disc herniations
  • Myelopathy
  • Spine tumors
  • Spine trauma
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Rheumatoid involvement of the spine
  • Adult scoliosis
  • Adult kyphosis
  • Osteoporotic spine fractures
  • Multiple myeloma involvement of the spine
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Herniated/slipped disc
  • Infections/tumors
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Vertebral compression fracture

Spine diagnosis and treatments

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Epidural lysis of adhesions
  • Facet joint blocks
  • Nerve root blocks
  • Radio frequency ablation (RFA)
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET)
  • X-ray
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) scans
  • Myelography
  • Bone scan
  • Electrodiagnostic studies
  • Minimally invasive lumbar decompression and fusion
  • Percutaneous spinal fusion for trauma or malignancy
  • Endoscopic microdiscectomy and nerve root decompression
  • Anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF)
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Cervical laminectomy and fusion
  • Lumbar and thoracolumbar decompression and fusion
  • Percutaneous stabilization for spinal fractures (kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty)
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion
  • Corpectomy and fusion for selected spine tumors and infections
  • Discectomy
  • Laminectomy or laminotomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Spinal fusions
  • Skull-base and cranio-cervical junction (CVJ) surgery
  • Multi-disciplinary management of spinal tumors
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Brainlab®’s Kolibri™ image guidance system — tracking surgical instruments in relation to a patient’s anatomy, the Brainlab technology helps the surgeon in planning incisions, finding pedicle entry points, trajectories, and screw insertion points. In certain cases, this image-guidance technology enables surgeons to avoid performing conventional open surgery