McLAREN THERAPY SERVICES SPINE PROGRAM
Straight Facts About Back and Neck Pain
Four out of five Americans will experience back pain at some point during their lives. This pain can be the result of an accident or injury or simply due to everyday wear and tear. Fortunately, for 80% of these people, their back or neck pain will subside with time and exercise. Those who continue to experience symptoms can now seek help through the new McLaren Spine Program.
The McLaren Spine Program offers a uniquely specialized approach to diagnose and treat back and neck pain. The program is totally designed around the mission of improving function, alleviating pain and enhancing quality of life for people with spine problems. What makes the program unique is the "virtual" team of physicians and therapy centers that bring the treatment closer to the patient.
A Team of Specialists to Help You Feel, Move and Live Better
As the region’s first truly comprehensive spine program, The McLaren Spine Program features a multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of back and neck pain. The program combines the expertise of specialists in the following specialties:
- Physical medicine
- Clinical health psychology
- Interventional radiology
- Orthopedic surgery
- Physical therapy
- Pain management
- Certified case management
These experts work together in a coordinated "virtual" system to identify and treat conditions of the back and neck, ranging from the most common to the most complex. The McLaren Spine Program is an umbrella that links together private practice physicians, surgeons, physiatrists, and therapy locations, creating a truly comprehensive, multidisciplinary program where all of the physicians participating in the program follow clinically-approved guidelines. In addition to the excellent care from physicians in the program, patients also have the security of knowing that they have access to all of the resources of McLaren Flint.
Individualized Treatment Plans
The physicians associated with the McLaren Spine Program work closely with physical therapists to develop a complete, individualized treatment plan for each patient that considers his or her diagnosis, lifestyle and treatment goals. This team works together to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients using leading edge technology, the latest techniques and the most effective therapies to help patients feel, move and live better.
When To Seek Help
The following symptoms of chronic back and neck pain may indicate the need to seek help:
- Pain that is persistent and cannot be relieved
- Pain radiating into the buttocks, leg or groin or pain radiating into the shoulder, arm or hand
- Muscle spasms in the back or neck
- Numbness in the legs or arms
- Weakness or loss of bladder or bowel control
Our team of physiatrists include: Ed Atty, M.D., James Stathakios, Jr., M.D. and Kavitha Reddy, M.D. Rounding out the team of specialists are interventional radiologist Christopher Sweet, M.D., and clinical health psychologist Barbara Wolf, Ph.D. From the first visit to the final therapy session, the McLaren Spine Program offers appropriate and effective treatment from a full range of available options. The philosophy of the McLaren Spine Program is to explore all nonsurgical treatments first. These treatments may include pain management, physical therapy or a psychological intervention.
For some problems, surgery is the only feasible solution. The McLaren Spine Program’s team of surgeons is experienced and well skilled in performing a wide range of procedures with advanced techniques and technology.
Surgeons associated with the McLaren Spine Program include the following neurosurgeons, Hugo Lopez Negrete, M.D., Vivekanand Palavali, M.D., and Jawad Shah, M.D. and orthopedic surgeon David Fernandez, M.D.
In spring 2008, McLaren Flint began offering its Spine Express Program, a patient educational service. This unique program is designed to walk the patient, as well as family members through the surgical process from preadmission testing, to what to expect post surgery at home. The class is overseen by clinicians who answer your questions regarding surgery, your hospital stay, discharge and going home.
Physicians who would like to refer a patient directly into the program should call the office of the physician/surgeon of choice. Please state that the new patient is a "Spine Program" referral.
Non Surgical Treatment