Spine and Peripheral Nerve
From acute (severe) and chronic low back and neck pain, to herniated discs and spinal stenosis, the University of Maryland Spine and Peripheral Nerve Program provides comprehensive care for conditions of the spine and peripheral nervous system – the portion of the nervous system outside of the brain and spinal cord.
Our highly skilled team uses the latest advances in non-surgical and surgical treatments to get people back on their feet in as little time as possible.
When indicated, we offer minimally invasive or non-surgical treatments in addition to standard open surgery.
What Sets Us Apart
Team Approach to Care
To provide patients with the best, most comprehensive care, our neurosurgeons work with specialists like orthopedic surgeons, pain-management doctors, radiation oncologists and specially-trained neurosurgical nurses when designing treatment plans. Team members get to know each patient, factoring in everything from home and family life to work life when customizing their multi-disciplinary approach.
Highly Experienced Team
Our fellowship-trained neurosurgeons have experience in both neurosurgery and orthopedics. Spine and neurosurgery centers from across the region refer patients to our team, knowing they have the expertise and skill to treat all spinal and peripheral nerve conditions. Our surgeons are also accomplished in spinal and pelvic reconstruction surgeries – surgeries done to correct spinal deformity, such as scoliosis, or revision spine surgeries.
Access to Clinical Trials
Spine and peripheral nerve program experts participate in ground-breaking research to improve the future of spine and peripheral nerve care. The program’s clinical trials portfolio examines a range of new and existing medications and their impact on spinal cord injuries. One such trial investigates the effectiveness of Riluzole – a drug that can minimize spinal cord swelling and the need for a tracheostomy if started within 12 hours of an injury. Other trials examine neural stem cells engineered to promote healing of spinal injuries.
Dedicate Rehabilitation Unit
The University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute's Spinal Cord Injury Program specializes in treating patients after spinal surgery. The multidisciplinary team's expertise in caring for patients with a spinal cord injury utilizes individual/custom patient treatment plans based on each patient's needs. The unit also offers the Lokomat Machine, a revolutionary technological robotic device, which may be used with paralyzed patients to allow them to use their legs again in a robot-steered treadmill.
Advanced Treatment Options
Our neurosurgeons provide advanced treatments for a range of spine and peripheral nerve conditions. They work with patients’ referring providers to manage conditions medically whenever possible. If medical management is no longer effective, they resolve spinal and nerve conditions by combining their expertise with the latest technology and minimally invasive techniques when feasible. Minimally invasive techniques such as lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF), cervical disc replacements, and percutaneous fixation are frequently offered if appropriate.
For patients with complex spinal tumors, we also partner with the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, which offers a highly advanced and precise form of radiation therapy that can increase radiation dose to a tumor while decreasing the dose to healthy, surrounding tissue.