Baptist Spine Center
Brought to you by Baptist Medical Group, the Spine Center is dedicated to your healing. Established to provide evidence-based, proven care for patients with acute or chronic back and neck issues, the center’s clinical providers have years of neurological experience.
About 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Defined as back pain that lasts at least six weeks, acute low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to days missed from work. It is estimated that the total direct (medical treatment) costs and indirect (lost wages and reduced productivity) costs associated with low back pain in the United States exceeds $100 billion per year. This prevalence and economic impact underscore the importance of defining evidence-based guidelines for care.
Neck pain affects more than 70% of Americans during their lifetime, and 30% will develop chronic neck pain. Few patients lose time from work and less than 1% develop neurologic deficits.
Who Do We Serve?
The Spine Center provides care for patients suffering from both chronic and acute back and neck pain. Less than 5% of back pain patients need surgery; most respond to non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy and pain blocks. The Spine Center uses guidelines developed by a team of experts to treat these patients without long-term pain medication.
We treat acute and chronic back and neck pain caused by:
- Sprains, strains, or other injuries
- Intervertebral disk degeneration: Breakdown of disks between vertebrae
- Herniated disk: A rupture in a disk between the vertebrae
- Sciatica: Pain along the sciatic nerve—lower back, hip, or especially thigh—caused by pressure on the nerve
- Spondylolisthesis: Slippage of a vertebra, causing it to touch the vertebra below it
- Spinal stenosis: Pressure on the spinal cord or nerves caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal
Services We Offer
Although your condition may be complex, the Spine Center’s philosophy for care is simple: Provide the necessary, most effective services and treatment for you, so you can begin to feel like yourself again as quickly as possible. We hope you’ll get in touch with us to discuss which of our services might be best for you.
Our services include:
- Diagnostics: In many instances, imaging is not necessary for diagnosing the cause of your neck or back pain
- Conservative treatment: We carefully tailor treatment to your needs; this may or may not include physical therapy
- Patient education: Self-care is vital for your recovery and your ongoing well-being; it also helps caregivers monitor your progress
- Simplified care: A dedicated nurse navigator facilitates your care with us from start to finish, so you can focus on feeling better
Care Coordination and Navigation
The heart of the Spine Center is the care coordination that occurs between our patients and the clinical team. Experienced nurses serve as navigators who lead patients through each step in their care. Patients will have access to their own navigator throughout the entire treatment process and can call or email their navigator with questions. If patients need access to other specialists within the Brain and Spine Network, the navigators guide the referral and communicate with the patient.
The Spine Center team treats patients using evidence-based protocols developed by a team of experts and research-based outcomes. Some of the findings that guide our care are:
- In most cases, the cause of neck pain can be diagnosed without imaging
- Conservative treatment and self-care are the mainstays of therapy
- Neck pain is often complicated by psycho-social factors
- Identifying red flags early is critical to optimal outcomes
- Generally, physical therapy should be reserved for patients with neck pain lasting longer than 6 weeks
- Imaging, an important driver of costs, is rarely necessary for patients with acute low back pain
- Psychological factors complicate the course of low back pain
- Patient education and self-management are key components of the treatment strategy for managing low back pain.
- Physical therapy has been shown to decrease the likelihood of progression from acute to chronic back pain in patients who are at moderate or high risk
- Adding muscle relaxants or opiates to non-steroidal agents has little effect on function