Spine Care Experts in Southern New Hampshire

At Parkland Medical Center, our spine care experts and surgeons treat spine-related conditions using advanced, minimally invasive tools and procedures that promote quicker recoveries and better long-term outcomes.

Parkland Medical Center is the first hospital in New Hampshire to earn Certification in Spine Surgery from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation.

With broad expertise and many years of experience, our surgeons are committed to providing you high-quality spine care. Through a collaborative team approach, our experts spend time with you to learn about your overall health, underlying medical conditions, lifestyle, job requirements and expectations to help determine the safest, simplest and most appropriate treatment methods.

Why you want to choose Parkland Medical Center for Spine Care:

  • We have a comprehensive team of caring specialists from interventional radiology, orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology, pain management, rehabilitation and other specialties to provide you with personalized care before, during and after your surgery.
  • Advanced treatments and spine surgery using minimally invasive surgical techniques are provided - leading to reduced anesthesia needs, fewer side effects, shorter hospital stays and lower readmission rates.
  • Dedicated, state-of-the-art private patient rooms designed specifically for spine patients, offering a quiet and comfortable environment.
  • A collaborative approach to care working closely with local providers including Derry Imaging.
  • Rehabilitation services to help you resume daily activities as quickly as possible.

The goal of our spine team is to provide you and your family with the best patient experience possible. We provide a comprehensive service from pre-operative care and testing through your post-surgical hospital stay.

Your journey begins with your spine surgeon and his/her office who communicate to the pre-operative testing area to help ensure you only have to make one visit to the hospital prior to your day of surgery. All testing and pre-operative appointments can be accomplished in this visit. Our registered nurses in the pre-operative area, lab technicians, anesthesiology and a nurse from the post-operative area will also interact with you.

Day of Surgery - You will be greeted in our surgical area of the hospital and prepped for surgery by the operating room nurses and meet with your anesthesia provider and surgeon.

Surgery is provided in our operating room suites by your surgeon and his/her assistant who specialize in your type of surgery. You will then recover for a short time in our post anesthesia care unit with specialty trained nurses.

During Your Stay – You will be oriented to your private, state-of-the-art room. During this time, you may meet some of our other specialists in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and dieticians who will help to meet your individual needs. Our team will work closely with you to help meet individual goals and ensure a successful transition to home.

Follow-Up – Once discharged, our nurses will check in with you to ensure your transition to home was successful and that you are back in contact with your surgeon’s office and outpatient providers to help guide you through the rest of your recovery.

You can receive treatment at Parkland Medical Center for these and other common spine and neck conditions:

  • Bone spurs – Bone growths extending from vertebrae that press against nerves and create radiating pain, tingling and numbness
  • Decreased back mobility
  • Degenerative disc disease – Wear and tear on shock-absorbing discs between spinal bones (vertebrae) that causes pain and other symptoms
  • Herniated discs – Discs in the spine that have ruptured or bulged from their proper place, creating pain by pressing on nerves
  • Neck and back pain
  • Osteoarthritis – Arthritis of the spine, often associated with aging
  • Sciatica – Irritation of the sciatic nerve in the spine
  • Spine curvature (scoliosis)
  • Spine (vertebral) fracture – Bone breaks or compression fractures often resulting from osteoporosis
  • Spine infection
  • Spinal stenosis – Narrowing of the spinal canal that can compress the spinal cord and create painful pressure on spinal nerves
  • Spinal tumors and cancer (cervical, thoracic, lumbar) – Growths within or surrounding the spinal column or spinal cord
  • Sports injuries requiring reconditioning and strengthening
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Traumatic spinal injuries

If you experience any of these conditions, contact your primary care doctor, who will help you decide—and make the appropriate referral—if you need an orthopedic specialist at Parkland Medical Center.

Parkland’s spine surgeons lead the way in the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat a wide range of spine conditions through advanced technology.

Our spine surgeons stabilize joints, decompress pinched nerves, fuse bones and correct deformities–all through a few small incisions. That means:

  • Less pain and scarring, as surgeons don't need to retract, cut or move muscles to reach the spine
  • Faster recovery, as patients experience dramatically shorter hospital stays–typically ranging from less than a day to two days, instead of four or more days
  • Our surgeons provide leading spine surgery techniques including:
    • Direct view lateral approach to spine infusion – a minimally invasive approach to spinal stabilization.
    • Axial lumbar interbody fusion (AxiaLIF) – a minimally invasive spinal fusion to treat disc problems in the lower back.

While minimally invasive surgery may not be appropriate for every situation, ongoing surgical advances mean that even traditional surgeries produce less pain and faster recovery.

While many people tolerate occasional aches and pains in their back, severe back pain may indicate a larger problem. But how do you know if your back pain, or that of a loved one, has reached the point that it requires an emergency department visit?

If at any point you feel that your condition is serious enough that it can’t wait for a visit with your primary care physician, you should visit the emergency department. However, if you’re not sure whether your back pain deems emergency care, consider these guidelines.

If You Have These Symptoms, You May Require Emergency Care

Lower back pain, which can occur anywhere from your rib cage to your buttocks, is often the result of lifting, reaching, twisting and stretching. Upper and middle back pain, in most cases, does get better with time and rest. If your back pain is unrelenting and not relieved by rest, you should immediately visit the closest emergency department. If the pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, you should also seek emergency care.

  • Fever
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Inability to urinate, severe constipation, bowel or bladder incontinence

For individuals with certain medical conditions, back pain may signify a more serious issue. If you have any of these medical conditions and are experiencing severe or chronic back pain, you should visit an emergency department.