Our mission is to provide our patients with the highest quality spine care customized to each individual to optimize outcomes and return our patients to active lifestyles. To accomplish this goal, we utilize the most modern, advanced, minimally invasive techniques available. We have the largest dedicated spine team in the region composed of highly-trained spine specialists.
Our comprehensive team includes a team of physicians, physician assistants, 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 neck and back pain, disc herniations, stenosis, tumors, trauma and scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine).
The spine specialists at University Orthopedics include:
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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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:
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.
Many 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.
If 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.
In an effort to continue our commitment to providing the highest quality care, University Orthopedics now offers EOS®, a low dose, 2D/3D imaging system dedicated to adult and pediatric patients with musculoskeletal pathologies.
The EOS® system provides low dose, full body, images of patients in a weight-bearing, functional position. It is a bi-planar device that is based on two perpendicular X-ray beams that travel vertically while scanning the patient from head to toe. In a few seconds, the EOS exam produces two simultaneous frontal and lateral, low-dose images of the patient’s entire body without magnification or stitching.
Using the two full-body images, 3D models of your skeleton are able to be created. Your doctor will use the accurate measurements and data from the 3D model to make your diagnosis and prepare a personalized treatment for you as part of your shared decision making process.
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. Alan Daniels, 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.
Firefighting, life guarding and playing hockey are a few activities that define Joe's active lifestyle. When severe back pain prevented Joe from doing the things he loved he turned to the Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics and adult spine surgeon Dr. Alan Daniels to get his life back. This is Joe'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.
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.
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.
Sometimes surgery at University Orthopedics can be life changing. That was the case with recent patient Grace. After several failed surgeries she suffered from severe spinal deformity and lived a difficult and painful life with a hunchback posture. Grace turned to adult spine specialist Dr. Alan Daniels. This is Grace's story.