Spine Care at VOC
When you have a spine condition, even the simplest movements and activities can be a painful challenge. Fortunately the medical professionals at Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic’s Spine Care Program specialize in treating all types of spinal disorders. Our team is experienced in a range of treatment options, including surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and osteopathic medicine.
We work in collaboration with Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department to offer you a comprehensive recovery program so you can return to your active lifestyle.
Before Your Appointment – Priority Consult
Our spine care program uses Priority Consult™, a specialized patient management system that helps us provide you with the care you need as quickly as possible. With Priority Consult we collect your medical history ahead of your appointment, and we only do it once, so you don’t have to repeat the process when seeing other providers on our team.
Our physician will review your medical history within 24 hours of receiving it and will request more information or arrange for additional testing if needed. We use this information to pair you with the proper specialist and start your treatment without unnecessary delay.
Expert Spine Diagnosis
Our spinal care experts use a combination of methods to determine the underlying cause of your spinal pain.
- Medical history review. Your physician will ask you to describe your pain and where and when it occurs.
- Physical exam. A thorough physical exam will be conducted, which may include testing nerve function and muscle strength in certain parts of the legs or arms and testing for pain in certain positions.
- Diagnostic testing. A diagnostic test, such as a CT or MRI scan, may be recommended to confirm the cause of the your pain.
Our spine specialists treat a wide range of spine conditions, including:
Nonsurgical Spine Treatments
We offer nonsurgical services such as physical and occupational therapy, steroid injections, and other medications, braces and pain management. We work with the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department to manage your pain and restore you to a normal life.
Our nonsurgical treatment options include:
- Epidural steroid injections
- Sacroiliac joint injections
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Facet joint injections
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Osteopathic manipulation therapy
- Therapeutic exercise
When surgery is recommended to treat a spine condition, it is critical to have a surgical team who is experienced in the most up-to-date and reliable practices and procedures.
We offer a number of surgical treatments, including:
Your Nurse Navigator
Once your individual treatment plan is determined, your nurse navigator will walk you through the process, answering questions, addressing your concerns and coordinating your care. The connection between our patients and nurse navigators truly sets our program apart. Through open, informed communication, our nurse navigators provide constant support.