Our spine specialists are renowned for treating a wide range of spinal diseases and conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Our specialists treat both adult and pediatric spinal conditions.
Our specialists are nationally and internationally recognized for their leadership in both clinical care and research efforts in spine surgery. Our spine service receives patient inquiries and referrals from around the world and has one of the best-known clinical practices in the United States for the surgical management of adult and pediatric spinal deformities, spinal tumors, and complex degenerative conditions.
By conducting basic science and clinical research, our spine specialists have contributed enormously to the understanding of various spinal disorders. Our team is one of the few centers in the United States to receive both governmental and non-governmental grant funding to conduct high-level research.
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Our spine specialists begin with a conservative, nonoperative approach to treating spinal injuries and conditions, with a primary goal of restoring function and limiting pain. We provide comprehensive services at numerous locations across the St. Louis area, and most general spine problems are managed in an outpatient setting. Our spine specialists work in close collaboration with our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists to develop a customized treatment plan based on the needs of each individual patient. Conservative management may include physical and occupational therapy, medications, injections and other nonoperative treatment modalities.
When nonoperative treatment has been found unsuccessful in providing relief from symptoms, our spine specialists explore surgical management as an option. Surgical treatment is tailored to each individual patient and may vary in scope depending on the condition, the patient’s health, and their expectations.
When appropriate, we offer many minimally invasive surgical options such as a microdecompression or spine fusion. Minimally invasive surgery typically provides patients a quicker recovery because of less tissue disruption and a smaller incision, among other benefits.
In some circumstances, a more traditional spine surgery may be recommended for the patient. Our spine surgeons are renowned experts in performing complex spine procedures for pediatric and adult spinal deformities, degenerative conditions affecting the spine, spinal tumors, and traumatic spinal injuries. By working together with a team of expert anesthesiologists, operating room personnel, and an electrophysiologist to monitoring spinal cord function, we are able to perform surgery in a safe and efficient manner.
If surgery is required, the postoperative care is focused on optimizing the patient’s recovery. Rehabilitation begins in the hospital and continues on an outpatient basis after the patient is discharged with the goal of restoring the patient’s quality of life. By working in collaboration with physical and occupational therapists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, and the patient, we strive to obtain the best results possible.
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.