If you hope to become more active, more functional and more mobile, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center can help. From spinal stenosis to scoliosis to tumors and infections, our team of orthopedic physicians, clinicians, anesthesiologists and occupational therapists are experts in treating very complex spine diseases, conditions and deformities.

With leading diagnostic tools, cutting-edge treatments and breakthrough research, our Comprehensive Spine Center offers the most extensive care for adults and children with complex spinal conditions and deformities than any other facility in central Ohio.


Conditions We Treat

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Diagnosis

Before we can determine a course of treatment for your spinal condition or complex spine deformity, our orthopedic surgeons need to evaluate your condition. Our diagnostic process includes a physical examination and neurologic exam, which may include the use of lights or reflex hammers to assess motor, sensory and reflex skills.

During your visit, you and your doctor will discuss your current condition, limitations and medical history. Your physician also reviews any prior imaging or operative reports including X-rays, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or CT (computed tomography) scans. These imaging reports give your physician detailed images of any deterioration or abnormality in your bones or soft tissues.

Your doctor may order further testing, if necessary, including additional X-rays, MRI, CT scan, EMG, myelogram and/or bone density. An EMG uses tiny electrodes to send signals to your muscles, and records their response. This test helps your doctor evaluate the health of your muscles and nerve cells. A myelogram involves the use of a contrast dye to further highlight areas of concern. A bone density test is a painless scan that measures calcium and minerals in your bone to detect for osteoporosis.

Treatments

Our Comprehensive Spine Center physicians specialize in both nonsurgical and surgical treatments. We provide advanced concepts of reconstruction for spinal deformity, as well as leading-edge treatments.

Nonsurgical treatments include:

  • Pain management through appropriate pharmaceutical therapy to relieve, reduce or eliminate pain

  • Physical therapy rehabilitation to build strength and speed recovery time

Surgical treatments include:

  • Fusion surgery to create stability in the spine by joining or fusing together two or more of the vertebrae

  • Lumbar discectomy, which is the surgical removal of low back herniated disc, to relieve pressure and pain

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery using special instruments and small incisions to surgically reduce pain and speed recovery

  • Osteotomy (including triplane osteotomy), which is a surgical realignment procedure, to correct spinal deformity and curvature

  • Spinal stenosis surgery to relieve pressure on spinal cord or nerve roots as an option for patients who do not respond to nonoperative treatments

  • Total disc arthroplasty of the cervical spine, which involves the replacement of a degenerated disc with an artificial disc, to provide an alternative to traditional fusion surgery

Why Choose Ohio State?

Why choose Ohio State for spine care?

Comprehensive Care: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Comprehensive Spine Center offers multiple options – nonsurgical and surgical – for the treatment of complex spinal conditions and deformities.

Physical Therapy Expertise: Our physical therapists specialize in spine conditions and work with you one-on-one to alleviate pain while improving balance, strength and coordination.

Surgical Expertise: If your condition requires surgery, our surgeons are fellowship-trained in complex spine surgeries. We perform more complex spine surgeries than any other medical center in central Ohio.

Research: The discoveries that come from bench-top research, including stem cell research, are being translated into clinical medicine that directly benefits complex spine patients.

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