Orthopedic Spine Center for Back Pain

The Washington University Orthopedic Spine Center, conveniently located at our Orthopedic Outpatient Center in Chesterfield, provides comprehensive, specialized care to patients with acute back pain and neck pain.  We are committed to seeing patients as soon as possible, and in most cases, appointments are given within 48 hours of your initial phone call.

The Washington University Orthopedic Spine Center provides multidisciplinary care in one location.  It is a patient centered practice where physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, orthopedic spine surgeons, radiologists, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, massage therapists, nurses and medical assistants work together to coordinate the best individualized care for each patient. These healthcare providers offer the experience and expertise necessary to accurately diagnose and deliver the full spectrum of both non-surgical and surgical solutions. The center offers a continuum of care with in-house MRI imaging capabilities and physical therapy provided by STAR Sports Therapy and Rehab. Adjunct treatment modalities including manual medicine, massage therapy and acupuncture are also available.

76 percent of Americans suffer from acute back pain at some time during their lives.  The focus of the center is to see patients early in the development of their symptoms and to provide a specific diagnosis and treatment plan.  In addition to individualized treatment plans, rehabilitation also includes education regarding body mechanics specific to a patient’s lifestyle.

For lower back pain treatment, visit the Washington University Orthopedic Spine Center, where spine surgery is a last resort.

Make an appointment today by calling 314-514-3500, or request an appointment online.

Treatment Approach

Washington University Orthopedic Specialists will perform a comprehensive evaluation to develop an individualized treatment program for each patient. Treatment may include medications, physical or occupational therapy, bracing, orthotics, injections, or surgery. Diagnostic tests such as electromyography are used to diagnose nerve injuries and determine conservative or surgical treatment options. The primary goal of treatment is to reduce pain and improve function.

Common Treatment Options

  • Posture and body mechanics education
  • Medications
  • Individualized therapeutic exercise
  • Bracing
  • Adjunct modalities such as manual medicine, massage therapy, and acupuncture
  • Fluoroscopic guided spinal injections
  • Cervical and lumbar microsurgical discectomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Anterior cervical decompression and fusion with plate fixation

Research & Clinical Trials

For information on current clinical trials related to orthopedics, or to make an appointment with a specialist with Washington University Orthopedics, please call (314) 514-3500 or toll free (866) 867-3627.

Meet Our Team

Jacob Buchowski, MD, MS

Professor of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery
Director, Center for Spinal Tumors
Director, Washington University Spine Fellowship

See News Icon

Learn About Dr. Buchowski

Devyani Hunt, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurology
Director, Medical Program for Performing Artists

See News Icon

Learn About Dr. Hunt

Adam LaBore, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurology

See News Icon

Learn About Dr. LaBore

John Metzler, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurology
PM&R Musculoskeletal Sports Medicine Fellowship Co-Director

See News Icon

Learn About Dr. Metzler

Corri Payton, MSN, APRN, BC

Adult Nurse Practitioner

See News Icon

Learn About Nurse Practitioner Payton

Heidi Prather, DO

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Vice Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Chief of Section in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
PM&R Musculoskeletal Sports Medicine Fellowship Co-Director
Director of Orthopaedic Spine Center

See News Icon

Learn About Dr. Prather

Chi-Tsai Tang, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship Co-Director

See News Icon

Learn About Dr. Tang

Lukas Zebala, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

See News Icon

Learn more about Dr. Zebala

Location

patient with back pain receiving acupuncture treatment to avoid spine surgery Patient with back pain receiving a lower back pain treatment

Washington University Orthopedic Spine Center (map)
14532 S. Outer Forty Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Make an Appointment