Comprehensive Care in the Central Virginia for Your Spine and Back Pain

Back and neck pain can make even the simplest actions exceptionally painful. Contact Johnston-Willis Hospital for the best adult spine surgeons in Central Virginia to diagnose your condition and help ease your pain as quickly as possible.

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Back & Neck

Our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons perform the most complex procedures in Central Virginia, making us the best and most experienced in the region. We offer coordinated, specialty spine services in the Neuroscience and Gamma Knife Center. Minimally invasive, robotic-assisted spine surgery optionsoften result in shorter surgery times and better outcomes for a quicker return to daily life.

Spine and Back Conditions We Treat

Back or neck pain is caused by damage from injury, disease, or wear and tear to the spinal bones (called vertebrae), muscles, nerves, discs (cushion between the vertebrae), or tendons. Pain can happen in the cervical (neck), thoracic (middle), or lumbar (lower) areas of the spine.

The orthopedic and spine teams at Johnston-Willis Hospital use a multispecialty team approach to diagnose and care for your condition. We treat a wide range of back and spine concerns, including:

  • Bone spurs: bone overgrowths
  • Degenerative disc disease: breakdown of the discs
  • Herniated discs: ruptured or bulged discs
  • Osteoarthritis: cartilage in the joints wears down
  • Sciatica: nerve irritation
  • Scoliosis and kyphosis: spinal curvature
  • Spinal stenosis and myelopathy: narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Spinal tumors and cancer: growths in or around the spinal column or cord
  • Spine fractures: caused by trauma, injury, or arthritis
  • Spine infections: osteomyelitis
  • Spondylolisthesis: one vertebra slips over another
  • Sports injuries: caused by repetitive movements or trauma

Nonsurgical and Minimally Invasive Back and Spine Treatment

We evaluate your overall health and lifestyle to recommend the safest, simplest, and most appropriate treatments. Johnston-Willis Hospital offers nonsurgical and minimally invasive therapies, such as:

  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation: Strengthen and stabilize the core using medically supervised fitness plans developed by board-certified physical therapy doctors called physiatrists.
  • Spinal injections: Involve image-guided technology to deliver medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. These include epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, implantable devices, nerve blocks, and trigger point injections.
  • Nerve stimulation techniques: Deliver low-voltage electrical current to relieve pain, as in transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy and implanted peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) devices.
  • Interventional spine procedures: For example, radiofrequency ablation that uses heat to destroy tissue such as tumors or the sensory nerves that cause pain. We also perform vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for spinal fractures.

Advanced Spine Surgery at Johnston-Willis Hospital

The renowned spine surgeons at Johnston-Willis Hospital continually advance adult patient care, using the latest treatments to improve patient outcomes. We’re leading the way in treating complex cervical and lumbar spine disorders and degenerative disc diseases.

Our surgeons use minimally invasive, robotic-assisted spine surgery techniques that offer unmatched precision and accuracy. In many cases, we can stabilize joints, decompress pinched nerves, fuse bones, and correct deformities — all through a few, small incisions. This means less trauma to muscles and tissue, resulting in shorter operations, less pain after surgery, and faster recovery. Many patients go home within a day or two.

We offer a variety of open and minimally invasive spine surgeries including:

  • Digital biplane angiography (3DBRA): Advanced imaging that creates a roadmap of your blood vessels to precisely locate and treat injury.
  • Discectomy/microdiscectomy: Removes all or part of the disc, or the cushion between the vertebrae.
  • Laminectomy or laminotomy: Removes part of the back bone which covers the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves. Often performed with spinal fusion surgery.
  • Foraminotomy: Removes bone or tissue to open the space where the nerves leave the spinal canal, sometimes also performed with spinal fusion surgery.
  • Disc replacement surgery: where a damaged disc is replaced with an artificial one. We offer cervical and lumbar disc replacement surgeries.
  • Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty: Treats spinal fractures, eases pain, and restores height. Kyphoplasty uses a balloon to create a space, which is filled with medical cement. In vertebroplasty, medical cement is injected into the spongy vertebral bone.
  • Spinal fusion: to increase spine stability by joining two vertebrae using bone grafts and sometimes implants, such as rods and screws.

The Best Spine and Back Care in Central Virginia

Johnston-Willis Hospital offers the highest quality spine care provided by a team dedicated to restoring your health and quality of life. Patients choose us for:

  • Facilities designed for spine surgery patients. Johnston-Willis Hospital is one of the few hospitals on the East Coast with operating suites and teams completely dedicated to brain and nervous system care, with the most sophisticated intensive care units and patient transition facilities.
  • Multispecialty care from a team dedicated to you. Our team includes board-certified and fellowship trained doctors and orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, and pain management specialists who work together to provide whole-patient care.
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging tools. Including the 3.0 Tesla MRI, as well as an open and cardiovascular MRI, and several types of CT scanners for more precise diagnosis and treatment.
  • Preoperative education to help you feel at ease. We offer a one-on-one pre-operation class with our nurse navigator to help you prepare for spine surgery and improve your outcome.
  • Compassionate care throughout the journey. We’re here every step of the way with case management and care coordination customized to your needs.
  • Specialized programs before and after surgery. In addition to advanced diagnostics, our hospital also offers pain management services and both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation from licensed therapists who understand spinal conditions. This means you can get everything you need in one place, from one team.
  • Care in a full-service hospital. If you need surgery, it’s at a hospital with all the services and amenities you need for a comfortable recovery.