Back pain specialists in Richmond, Virginia

When back pain begins to affect your daily life, you need experts who can pinpoint a diagnosis and find an effective treatment. At Parham Doctors' Hospital, this type of dedicated spine care program is exactly what you will find. Here, our board-certified, fellowship-trained spine specialists use advanced technologies to promptly and accurately confirm a diagnosis. Together, with a team of spine doctors, pain management specialists and physical therapists, they will work with you to determine a personalized treatment plan to restore your quality of life.

For more information about Parham Doctors' 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).


We have been recognized and awarded by Healthgrades for our excellent clinical outcomes in spine surgery—including spinal fusions—and back surgery.

Parham Doctors’ Hospital has been awarded Disease-Specific Care Certification for Spinal Fusion from The Joint Commission. The certification recognizes healthcare organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for spine conditions that require spinal fusion surgery. For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

Complete spine care

Our pain and spine specialists provide comprehensive care throughout your treatment journey. We collaborate closely with specialists in orthopedic care, neurological care and other specialties to make sure you receive the care that is right for you. We also provide in-house pain management and rehabilitation services, assuring you can get the treatment you need from one team, in one place.

Neck and back conditions we treat

Our spine doctors treat a variety of diseases and disorders, including:

  • Bone spurs
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis and kyphosis (curvature of the spine)
  • Spinal stenosis and myelopathy (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spine fractures
  • Spine infections (bone infections or osteomyelitis)
  • Spondylolisthesis (one vertebra slips over another)
  • Sports injuries

Spine imaging

Our spine specialists may order imaging tests to help them evaluate your spine and create a treatment plan. These imaging tests may include:

  • 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Digital biplane angiography (3DBRA)
  • Open MRI
  • Large-opening computed tomography (CT) scanner with tumor localization

Back and spine treatments

We offer nonsurgical and minimally invasive spine treatments, such as:

  • Nerve stimulation techniques—These treatments deliver a low-voltage electrical current to the nerves, which helps relieve pain. Treatments can include transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy and implanted peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) devices.
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation—Therapy and rehab helps strengthen and stabilize the core using supervised exercises and stretches. The treatment plans are developed by board-certified physical therapy doctors called physiatrists. Physical therapy may also be prescribed after spine surgery.
  • Radiofrequency energy and heat ablation—This is an outpatient procedure that uses radiofrequency energy or heat to destroy nerves that cause pain.
  • Spinal injections—These treatments use image-guided technology to deliver medications that relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Injections can include epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, sacroiliac joint injections, nerve blocks and trigger point injections.
  • Spine surgery—We offer a variety of spine surgeries and use minimally invasive surgical technology whenever possible.

Advanced spine surgery

Our spine surgeons continuously find new ways to treat spine conditions, such as using bioresorbable spinal implant devices (short-term implants that gently dissolve) and spinal tissue regeneration techniques. We have also pioneered techniques for cervical spine disorders. In fact, we were the first in central Virginia to perform cervical artificial disc replacement.

If surgery is decided upon as part of your treatment, we'll provide personalized care throughout your journey to recovery. Some of the spine procedures we perform include:

  • Disc replacement surgery—This surgery replaces a damaged disc (the cushion between the vertebrae) with an artificial one.
  • Discectomy/microdiscectomy—This surgery removes all or part of the disc.
  • Foraminotomy—This treatment removes bone or tissue to open the space where the nerves leave the spinal canal. It's sometimes performed alongside spinal fusion surgery.
  • Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty—These treatments involve injecting medical cement into the spine to treat spinal fractures, ease pain and restore height.
  • Laminectomy or laminotomy—This procedure removes the back of one or more vertebrae to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves. It's often performed with spinal fusion surgery.
  • 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.

At Parham and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, we offer Spine education classes to help prepare you and your coach for surgery and your recovery at home. A coach can be a family member, friend or caregiver, anyone who will help you at home after surgery. The coach is invited to attend the class with you. The classes are provided by the spine program coordinator and also include instructions about therapy.

The spine program coordinator will work with you and your coach through your spine surgery to be sure you are progressing and to ensure satisfaction throughout the entire care experience.

Pre-Op Education classes

Cervical (neck) surgery:

  • Thursdays at 9:30am at Parham Doctors’ Hospital
  • Fridays at 9:30am at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital

Lumbar (back) spine surgery:

  • Thursdays at 1:00pm at Parham Doctors’ Hospital
  • Fridays at 1:00pm at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital
For more registration information, please contact Karen Mitchell, RN, BSN, (Spine Program Coordinator) at (804)-967-5352.

Spine care at HCA Virginia

Spine specialists, who can be orthopedists or neurosurgeons, diagnose and treat injuries, trauma and diseases related to the spine. Spine care doctors also offer care for herniated disk, nerve damage, sciatica, neck pain or chronic back pain.

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