Spine surgeons in Virginia

The spine provides both mobility and strength to the body. When there is a deformity, injury or disease in that structure, common activities, such as bending or stretching, can cause pain. At HCA Virginia, we offer nonsurgical and surgical spine treatments for this kind of pain. If surgery is needed, our expert spine surgeons use advanced options for fast recovery and less pain. Our goal is to help patients find relief and get back to pain-free living again.

For more information about our spine care programs or for help finding a spine specialist, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line.

Comprehensive spine care

No two spines are the same, so our spine specialists provide individualized treatment from diagnosis through recovery. We emphasize conservative approaches to care, such as physical therapy or injections, before recommending spine surgery.

We are able to accomplish this through:

  • Advanced intraoperative imaging tools — Our surgeons use advanced technology that provides 2D and 3D images during the procedure. This offers more precise diagnosis, treatment and patient safety.
  • Compassionate care throughout the journey — We’re here every step of the way with nurse navigation, care coordination and treatment plans customized to your needs.
  • Multispecialty care from a team dedicated to you — Our teams include board-certified and fellowship-trained doctors from orthopedic care, neurosurgery, psychiatry, anesthesiology and pain management — to provide whole-patient care.
  • Preoperative education to help you feel at ease — We offer one-on-one preoperative education classes with our nurse navigators to help you prepare for spine surgery and improve your outcome.
  • Specialized programs after surgery — Our hospitals also offer postsurgical education, pain management services and both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation from licensed therapists who understand orthopedic and spine conditions.

Center for Scoliosis and Spinal Deformities

The Center for Scoliosis and Spinal Deformities at Reston Hospital Center treats the most complex scoliosis and spinal deformity conditions. They offer teams of multispecialty experts to support you during diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

When to seek help for your neck or back pain

A healthy neck and back allow for fluid movement, but, when there is a deformity, injury or disease of the spine, common activities may become painful. Many times, back pain will begin to improve within a day or two of restricted activity or over-the-counter medication. However, if you find yourself taking medication repeatedly or over an extended period of time to relieve back or neck pain, you should see one of our spine specialists.

Back and neck conditions we treat

Back or neck pain is caused by damage to the spinal bones (vertebrae), muscles, nerves, discs (cushion between the vertebrae) or tendons. Pain can happen in the cervical (upper/neck), thoracic (middle/back) or lumbar (lower/back) areas of the spine.

Our spine teams treat a wide range of these conditions, including:

  • Bone spurs — bone overgrowths
  • Degenerative disc disease — breakdown of the discs
  • Herniated discs — ruptured or bulged discs
  • Osteoarthritis — occurs after 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) — infection in the bone of the spine
  • Spondylolisthesis — one vertebra slips over another
  • Sports injuries — caused by repetitive movements or trauma

Spine treatments we offer

We offer a wide range of treatments to ensure patients heal as quickly as possible.

Nonsurgical and minimally invasive back and neck treatment

Our nonsurgical and minimally invasive therapies include:

  • Interventional spine procedures — including radiofrequency ablation that uses heat to destroy tissue, such as tumors, or the sensory nerves that are causing pain
  • Nerve stimulation techniques — delivers low-voltage, electrical currents to relieve pain, as in transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy and implanted peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) devices
  • Rehabilitative care — involves physical therapy to strengthen and stabilize the core using medically supervised fitness plans developed by board-certified physical therapy doctors, called physiologists
  • Spinal injections — involves image-guided technology to deliver medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation (including epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, sacroiliac joint injections, nerve blocks and trigger point injections)

Advanced spine surgery

Our back and spine surgeries include:

  • Digital biplane angiography (3DBRA) — advanced imaging that creates a roadmap of your blood vessels to precisely locate and treat injuries
  • Disc replacement surgery — replaces a damaged disc with an artificial one (we perform complex cervical disc spinal surgeries)
  • Discectomy/microdiscectomy — removes all or part of the disc, or the cushion between the vertebrae
  • Foraminotomy — removes bone or tissue to open the space where the nerves leave the spinal canal; sometimes also performed along with spinal fusion surgery
  • Kyphoplasty — uses a balloon to create a space, which is filled with medical cement
  • Laminectomy or laminotomy — removes part of the back bone which covers the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves; often performed along with spinal fusion surgery
  • Spinal fusion — increases spine stability by joining two vertebrae using bone grafts and sometimes implants, such as rods and screws (we use bioresorbable implants that eventually disappear)
  • Vertebroplasty — treats spinal fractures, eases pain and restores height (medical cement is injected into the spongy vertebral bone)

Robotic spine surgery

HCA Virginia's hospitals offer the most experienced spine centers in the area. In fact, our spine surgeons lead the way regionally and nationally in advanced spine surgery. When possible, we offer minimally invasive robotic surgery. These techniques result in less trauma to muscles and tissues, enabling quicker operations, less pain after surgery and faster recoveries.