Spine specialists in Richmond, Virginia

The spine specialists at Johnston-Willis Hospital deliver specialized care in our state-of-the-art Brain and Spine Center. Here, our experienced team diagnoses and treats spine disorders and diseases using advanced technologies and facilities. In fact, we are one of the few hospitals on the East Coast with operating suites and teams completely dedicated to nervous system care, including the spine.

For more information about Johnston-Willis Hospital's spine care services or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at (804) 320-3627 (DOCS).

Spine and back conditions we treat

Spine conditions can affect the cervical (neck), thoracic (middle back) or lumbar (lower back) areas of the back. Our spine doctors and surgeons treat them all, including:

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

Nonsurgical spine treatments

Depending on your condition, our spine doctors may suggest noninvasive methods of care to resolve your symptoms. Some of these treatments include:

  • Nerve stimulation—This form of pain management uses small electrodes that send electrical impulses to the affected area to block pain signals.
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation—Our rehabilitation specialists will develop a personalized physical therapy regimen to ease back pain.
  • Spinal injections—This involves injecting medications that relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Injection therapies can include epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, sacroiliac joint injections, nerve blocks and trigger point injections.

Advanced spine surgery

If surgical care is recommended as treatment, our spine surgeons may perform:

  • Discectomy/microdiscectomy—This surgery removes all or part of an abnormal disc (the cushion between the vertebrae).
  • Laminectomy/laminotomy—This procedure removes the back of one or more vertebrae to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves. It's often performed along with spinal fusion surgery.
  • Foraminotomy—This treatment removes bone or tissue to open the space where the nerves leave the spinal canal. It's sometimes performed along with spinal fusion surgery.
  • Disc replacement surgery—This procedure replaces a damaged disc with an artificial disc. We offer cervical and lumbar disc replacement surgeries.
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty—These treatments inject medical cement into the spine to treat a fracture, ease pain and/or restore height.
  • Spinal fusion—This procedure joins two vertebrae using bone grafts and sometimes implants, such as rods and screws. It helps improve the stability of the spine.

Before your spine surgery, you may choose to attend a one-on-one preoperative class with our nurse navigator. In this class, you'll learn how to prepare for surgery and what to expect during your recovery.

Robot-assisted spine surgery

Our spine surgeons use robot-assisted technology for many back surgeries. The robotic tools improve precision and allow our surgeons to use only a few, small incisions. This approach causes less trauma to surrounding muscles and tissues, which results in shorter operations, less pain after surgery and a faster recovery. Many patients go home within a day or two.

Spine care at HCA Virginia

Spine doctors, who can be orthopedists or neurosurgeons, diagnose and treat problems linked to your spine. They can help with neck and back pain as well as injuries, trauma and diseases related to the spine. You may need to see a spine specialist if you have a herniated disk, nerve damage, sciatica or chronic back pain.

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