The University of Mississippi Medical Center spine program brings together the expertise of specialists from different disciplines to one facility, pinpointing and treating the sources of adult spine, back and neck pain while offering the latest, most innovative non-surgical and surgical treatment options.
The program encompasses orthopaedic, neuroscience and pain management specialties. Team members include orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, physiatrists (physicians specializing in physical rehabilitation), specially trained nurses and rehabilitation therapists specializing in the treatment of adult spinal diseases. Some of the disorders and conditions treated include muscle strain/sprains, degenerative disc disease, herniated or ruptured discs, radiculopathy, myelopathy, lower back pain, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spinal cord tumors and spinal trauma.
Spinal cord injury support group
UMMC hosts a spinal cord injury support group for those with spinal cord injuries or impairments and their family members and/or caregivers. The group meets at 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Sessions are held at University Rehabilitation Center, room CR 145. For information, call (601) 815-3189.
Complex spine deformities
The skilled orthopaedic spine team includes a surgeon specially trained to deal with complex spine deformities, including conditions of the craniovertebral junction. Conditions include compression where the brain stem and spinal cord meet, forcing brain matter into the spinal canal or vertebral matter upward into the brain stem. Surgery typically requires skull base approaches to relieve compression combined with spinal stabilization.