Comprehensive care for spine and back pain in Central Virginia

Back and neck pain can make even the simplest actions exceptionally painful. At Johnston-Willis Hospital, our spine specialists in Richmond, Virginia, can diagnose your condition and help ease your pain as quickly as possible.

To schedule a spine appointment, please call (804) 320-3627.

Johnston-Willis offers specialized spine care in our state-of-the-art Brain and Spine Center. We are one of the few hospitals on the East Coast with operating suites and teams completely dedicated to nervous system care, with the most sophisticated intensive care units and patient transition facilities.

Our multispecialty spine team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons and specialists from our orthopedics department, as well as interventional radiologists, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, a nurse navigator and pain management specialists, all working together to provide whole-patient care. We perform the most complex spine surgeries in Central Virginia, making us the best and most experienced in the region.

Advanced imaging tools help our spine specialists deliver precise diagnoses and treatments. From your initial appointment through treatment and recovery, and from spine care education to physical therapy and rehabilitation, you can count on receiving comprehensive care close to home.

Spine and back conditions we treat

Back or neck pain can be caused by an injury, disease or wear and tear of 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.

Our spine doctors and surgeons treat a wide range of back and spine concerns, including:

  • Bone spurs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica nerve pain
  • Back pain
  • Scoliosis and kyphosis (spinal curvature)
  • Spinal stenosis and myelopathy (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Spinal tumors and cancers
  • Spine fractures
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Spine infections
  • Spondylolisthesis (one vertebra slips over another)
  • Sports injuries

Minimally invasive back and spine treatments

We evaluate your overall health and lifestyle to recommend safe and appropriate spine treatments. Johnston-Willis offers nonsurgical and minimally invasive therapies, such as:

Advanced spine surgery

When your physician indicates that part of your treatment plan includes spinal surgery, you are likely worried about the risks involved in a surgery that requires extreme precision. However, the renowned spine surgeons at Johnston-Willis continually advance adult spine surgery using the latest treatments. We are leading the way in treating complex cervical and lumbar spine disorders and degenerative disc diseases.

Our spine surgeons use the minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgical technology of the Mazor X robotic system for unmatched precision and accuracy during spinal procedures. 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 surrounding muscles and tissue, resulting in shorter operations, less pain after surgery and a 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) uses advanced imaging to create a roadmap of your blood vessels to precisely locate and treat an injury.
  • Discectomy or microdiscectomy removes all or part of the disc, 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. It is often performed with spinal fusion surgery.
  • Foraminotomy removes bone or tissue to open the space where the nerves leave the spinal canal. It is sometimes performed with spinal fusion surgery.
  • Disc replacement surgery replaces a damaged disc 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 increases spine stability by joining two vertebrae using bone grafts, and sometimes implants, such as rods and screws. We offer a one-on-one preoperative class with our nurse navigator to help you prepare for spine surgery and improve your outcome.