Spine surgeons in Denver, Colorado

HealthONE hospitals provide multidisciplinary spine care teams, which include radiologists, orthopedists, neurosurgeons and rehabilitation specialists. These experts are committed to restoring your quality of life and work together to accurately diagnose and treat your condition.

If a back injury or disorder requires surgery, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery to help you get back on your feet quickly. Many of our hospitals also host preoperative classes to help you prepare for your procedure and recovery.

For more information about HealthONE's spine care services, please call (303) 575-0055.

Spine conditions we treat

Our spine doctors treat back, neck and spine conditions, including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Bone spur
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Muscle strain
  • Peripheral nerve disease
  • Pulled muscle
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord disorder
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal fracture
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumor
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebra)
  • Whiplash
  • Worn joint

Back pain

Acute (temporary) back pain is one of the most common types of pain reported by Americans. If you have back pain, your primary care doctor may prescribe medication to ease your symptoms while your body heals. If back pain persists, however, your doctor may suggest an imaging test to see what the underlying causes for your discomfort may be.

There are many causes of back pain, varying from a herniated disc to an infection. Our spine specialists use the results from your imaging tests to pinpoint the cause of your back pain so they can determine the correct treatment plan.

Spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury occurs when a sudden injury to the spine breaks or dislocates the vertebrae, causing damage to the spinal cord tissue. The bleeding and swelling after the initial injury can also cause additional spinal cord damage.

Because of the complexity of spinal cord injuries, specialized treatment is essential for a safe recovery. Our spine team provides this level of expert care, ensuring proper evaluation, stabilization, treatment and rehabilitation.

Spine imaging

We use imaging tests that allow us to diagnose the cause of pain and evaluate the extent of injuries and diseases.

Some tests we offer to visualize the back and spine include:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Myelography
  • X-ray

Back and spine treatments

Spine injuries and disorders are often complex. Because of this, your treatment may include specialists from our orthopedic care and neurological care programs. This ensures you receive high-quality, integrated treatment.

We perform a variety of spine procedures using advanced technologies. Some of our surgical spine treatments include:

  • Discectomy (removes all or part of a herniated disc)
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty (repairs a vertebral fracture)
  • Laminectomy (removes a bone spur)
  • Spinal decompression (relieves compressed nerves or pressure on the spinal cord)
  • Spinal fusion (connects two or more vertebrae together to increase stability, decrease pain or correct a deformity)

Minimally invasive spine surgery

We provide access to traditional neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology procedures, such as kyphoplasty, for spine treatment. Additionally, our spine doctors have pioneered new surgical approaches, giving you more choices when it comes to spine care.

For example, neurosurgeons at The Medical Center of Aurora developed minimally invasive spine surgery techniques, which we have since implemented within each of our hospitals' spine programs. These techniques achieve the same surgical goals as an open spine surgery but with smaller incisions and greater tissue preservation.

Similarly, neurosurgeons at North Suburban Medical Center were the first in Colorado to perform an advanced spinal disc replacement surgery for patients with severe back pain.

Spine rehabilitation

After a spine injury or surgery, physical therapy and rehabilitation helps strengthen your body so you can make a healthy recovery. This is why we begin occupational and/or physical therapy during your hospital stay.

Our therapists will customize a rehabilitation program for you based on your condition and abilities and will work with you while you are an inpatient. If you need additional rehabilitation after you are discharged from the hospital, we also offer outpatient therapy.