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We will be closed on November 22nd and 23rd for Thanksgiving. We will reopen November 26 at regular business hours. If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.
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We will be closing at 12:00pm on December 24st, 2018 for Christmas Eve. We will reopen December 26 at regular business hours. If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.
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We will be closed on January 1st, 2019 for New Years Day. We will reopen tomorrow at regular business hours. If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.
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We will be closed on May 27, 2019 for Memorial Day. We will reopen tomorrow at regular business hours. If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.
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We will be closed on July 4th, 2019 for Independence Day. We will reopen tomorrow at regular business hours. If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.
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We will be closed on August 12th, 2019 for Victory Day.We will reopen tomorrow at regular business hours. If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.
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We will be closed on September 2nd, 2019 for Labor Day. We will reopen tomorrow at regular business hours. If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.
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We will be closed on October 14th, 2019 for Columbus Day. We will reopen tomorrow at regular business hours. If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.

The Center for Spine Health

Appointments & referrals: 401-414-BACK (2225)

The Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics includes a team of physicians, nurse practitioners and physical therapists working together to provide comprehensive treatment of spinal disorders in adults and children. Our clinical team has specialized expertise in the management of spinal pain, disc herniations, stenosis, tumors, trauma and scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine). Our spine specialists at University Orthopedics include:

The Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics

The Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics includes a team of physicians, nurse practitioners and physical therapists working together to provide comprehensive treatment of spinal disorders in adults and children. Our clinical team has specialized expertise in the management of spinal pain, disc herniations, stenosis, tumors, trauma and scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine).

To make an appointment with the University Orthopedics Spine Center, please call (401) 414-BACK (2225).


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The Center for Spine Health approach to back and neck pain 

Recognizing the national trend toward a Center of Excellence approach for complex health problems, University Orthopedics takes a “spine center approach” to back and neck pain.  This includes a multi-disciplinary team of non-surgical spine specialists working with fellowship-trained spine surgeons and spine therapists; a non-surgical emphasis and philosophy of care; advanced capabilities in minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement for motion preservation; and an investment in patient education.

This includes providing a symptom guide and a Home Remedy Book as a community service for back and neck pain sufferers across Rhode Island. The internal team of physical medicine and pain management specialists provide spinal injections and other non-surgical treatment options for patients of the spine center. 

The Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics combines the expertise of   four fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeons; a fellowship-trained pediatric scoliosis specialist; a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist who is fellowship-trained in interventional spine care; and four physicians who specialize in nonsurgical treatment of back and neck problems. In addition, the spine center includes on-site nurse practitioners and spine physical therapists working together to provide comprehensive treatment of spinal disorders in adults and children. The clinical team has specialized expertise in the management of spinal pain, disc herniations, stenosis, tumors, trauma and scoliosis. The Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics provides advanced spine care through several offices across Rhode Island including:spine center rhode island, spine surgeon rhode island

  • Middletown, Rhode Island
  • East-Greenwich,  Rhode Island
  • Providence,  Rhode Island
  • Barrington,  Rhode Island
  • Kettle Point,  Rhode Island
  • West Warwick,  Rhode Island
  • East Bay,  Rhode Island

A multidisciplinary spine team in multiple locations improves spine care and patient convenience

The problem with spine care is that care is highly fragmented. Too many times, a back pain or neck pain sufferer has to drive around town to multiple locations: a doctor’s office; a diagnostic center; a therapy center; a different location for non-surgical procedures, etc.

The other problem with this fragmented approach, is that the patient receives a treatment recommendation that is biased to the specialty of the physician seen. Patients, employers and health insurance companies desire and deserve a team of clinicians (non-surgeons, physical therapists and surgeons) working together under one roof.

The Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics provides this team of non-surgical specialists collaborating with fellowship-trained spine surgeons — all under one roof. This spine center approach helps patients exhaust their non-surgical options before surgery is considered.
If surgery is necessary because of a herniated disc or other spine problem, the Center for Spine Health includes five fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeons, the highest level of medical education in the U.S.

Another important aspect of this spine center approach is an investment in patient education. The Center for Spine Health prints and distributes a 36 page Home Remedy Book for patients across Rhode Island. This is also the core component of our recommended Home Exercise Program. Ideally we want every person coming through The Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics to receive a copy of this book so they understand their exercises and what symptoms need to be evaluated quickly by a spine specialist. This educational guide on home remedies for back pain and neck pain also includes a symptom guide so patients understand emergency symptoms like weakness or numbness in a hand or foot. This overview on home remedies also includes exercises and stretches that help prevent the recurrence of a future attack of back pain or neck pain.

spine surgeon rhode island, spine center rhode islandMany patients, for example, don’t understand the significance of arm or leg weakness caused by a spinal problem. While it may be appropriate to use nonoperative measures and watchfully wait for arm or leg pain to resolve, loss of strength in the extremity may need to be treated more quickly and aggressively. In some cases, delaying treatment for a serious neurologic deficit may result in permanent loss of strength and/or sensation.

Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics also invested in the creation of an online spine encyclopedia on back and neck pain and all the advanced treatment options available today. This content-rich Internet presence includes information on spinal conditions and treatments; an anatomy library; an exercise library; symptom guides; and home remedies for back pain and neck pain.

The Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics is the only spine center in the State of Rhode Island to be included in a national listing of spine centers of excellence by SpineCenterNetwork.com.

Advanced surgical techniques

spine surgeon rhode island, spine center rhode islandIf and when spine surgery becomes necessary, the surgeons at the Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics are trained in the latest minimally invasive techniques. In this type of surgery, smaller incisions are used with less disruption of muscle and soft tissue. These less invasive procedures usually enable a patient to be discharged sooner and recover more quickly with less pain when compared to traditional procedures.

For patients with cervical degenerative disc disease, spine surgeons at University Orthopedics also perform artificial disc replacement surgery in select cases. The artificial disc is one of the most significant advances in the field of spine. The mechanical disc replicates the function of the normal healthy disc.

The spine center also includes spine surgeons who specialize in spinal deformity like scoliosis, kyphosis and flatback syndrome. Consequently, the spine center receives hundreds of referrals of complex patients from across Rhode Island and the Boston region.

Spine Navigation and 3D Imaging now at University Orthopedics in Rhode Island

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Most people who have watched a 3D movie on a big screen, will agree that it is a pretty cool technology. When it comes to 3D imaging for spine navigation to asist with complex spine surgeries, physicians and patients would both agree that this technology is a welcome addition to the operating room as well.

Dr. Mark Palumbo, Dr. Craig Eberson and Dr. Phillip Lucas at the University Orthopedics Spine Center in Rhode Island now apply the power of navigation technology to spine surgery. The Spine Navigation System places the spine surgeons at University Orthopedics at the forefront of computer assisted surgery for spine in the nation. Read more here.

Testimonials

Laminoplasty - Ken's Story

Ken is an active individual who owns his own business and takes pride in staying physically fit. When debilitating neck pain affected his work and home life he met with University Orthopedic's spine surgeon Dr. Mark Palumbo to diagnose the condition. Together they decided that Laminoplasty surgery was the best course of action. This video tells Ken's story.

Spinal Stenosis - Coleen's Story

There is nothing funny about chronic back pain. As a comedian, business owner and mother, Coleen found this out the hard way. She turned to Dr. Mark Palumbo and the Center for Spine Health to get her back on track to enjoying life again.

Cervical Disc Replacement - Lorenzo's Story

Tennis, golf and mountain climbing were just a few activities that Lorenzo was able to return to after undergoing a cervical disc replacement at the Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics, Inc.. In the video below we hear from Dr. Mark Palumbo about the procedure and how it got Lorenzo back to doing the things he loves to do.