Our Team Approach - Ann Arbor Spine Care
Back and neck pain sufferers shouldn't have to travel all over town to see various doctors. Ann Arbor Spine Care recognizes the national trend in spine care is to take a Center of Excellence approach, with a team of spine specialists working together under one roof.
Ann Arbor Spine Care is a new regional spine center geared specifically to improving the care for back and neck patients in southeast Michigan. Ann Arbor Spine Care includes the expertise of neurosurgeons specializing in spine, Dr. Jason Brodkey, Dr. Ahmad Issawi, Dr. Jayesh Thawani, and Dr. Elyne Kahn. The center is able to care for any type of back or neck problem, from the simple back or neck strain all the way to the most complex spine surgery. Because Ann Arbor Spine Care has X-ray and injection therapy nearby, the back or neck pain patient no longer has to drive around town for care. All the necessary diagnostic testing and non-operative treatment under one roof eliminates the need for multiple referrals, delayed care and confusion.
If your back or neck problem requires surgery, the spine specialized neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons at Ann Arbor Spine Care already treat the area's most complex surgical cases. These cases include herniated discs, spinal fractures, spinal deformity, spinal tumor and scoliosis. Our surgeons use some of the most advanced instrumentation and spine surgery techniques.
Unlike many other spine care providers, the spine patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery at Ann Arbor Spine Care can often have their surgery on an outpatient basis and be home later the same day. Some cases can be done in an outpatient setting, which enables patients to go home the same day. Recovery in one's own home can be more comfortable than staying in a hospital bed.
Pain relief through a focus on function
Pain is a signal from the body to the brain that something is wrong. Either the back is too weak, too inflexible, something lifted was too heavy or the wrong body mechanics were used. And, unfortunately, those doctors who focus exclusively on pain symptoms often recommend a course of treatment that is the exact opposite of what the individual needs to recover from the back problem.
Years ago, for example, doctors treated back pain with bed rest and heavy drugs to mask the discomfort. It was found, however, that this type of treatment was actually damaging to the back, because it caused muscles in the back to get weaker, in turn, causing more strain and pain. Patients became more dependent on drugs and grew more inactive and disabled.
In fact, pain relief actually can come through movement. Low-impact sports like walking and swimming are the best way to make the back feel better and stronger.
HOME REMEDY BOOK
Our educational Internet site is an online encyclopedia on spine care. Patients visiting our spine center in Ann Arbor receive a free 36-page Home Remedy Book that has symptom charts and customized stretches that relieve pain.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Ann Arbor Spine Care surgeons use state of the art minimally invasive techniques and instrumentation to help patients recover in a shorter period of time and allow for a quicker return home.LEARN MORE