Spine care and treatment in Denver

Orthopedic spine injuries are serious conditions that require the care of leading specialists. At The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA), we offer cutting-edge and compassionate treatment for bone, joint and muscle injuries to the spine. Our collaborative, team-based approach to spine care offers expertise of specially trained health professionals in orthopedics,neurology, nursing and physical therapy and rehabilitation.

If you’re looking for more information about orthopedic spine treatment or if you’d like to find a spine expert, please call (303) 873-0630.

Spine conditions we treat

Our team creates an individualized plan to meet your needs for:

  • Back pain, sprain or strain
  • Bone spurs
  • Burst fracture
  • Compression fracture
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc (disc bulge causing spinal nerve pressure)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica (irritation or pressure on sciatic nerve)
  • Scoliosis (abnormal spine curvature)
  • Spinal fracture
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Spinal tumor/cyst
  • Spondylolisthesis (lower back vertebrae slips out of place)
  • Tethered spinal cord syndrome (abnormally stretched spinal cord tissue)
  • Whiplash

Pre-operative spine surgery education

This free class prepares patients for their surgery at TMCA by covering topics like:

  • Anatomy
  • Precautions and limitations after surgery
  • Post-operative nursing care
  • Pain management
  • Physical/occupational therapy
  • Equipment needs
  • Home safety
  • Discharge needs

This class occurs every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon in meeting room 1 at TMCA. We recommend patients take this class at least two weeks prior to surgery. Caregivers are encouraged to attend.

To register, call (303) 873-0630

Back and neck disorder diagnosis and treatments

At TMCA, we offer a variety of diagnostic tests and treatments for back and neck problems, such as:

  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Diskogram
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Myelogram
  • X-ray
  • Cervical disk replacement
  • Cervical foraminotomy (surgery to relieve pinched spinal nerve symptoms)
  • Laminotomy (surgery to relieve pressure in the vertebral canal)
  • Lumbar disk replacement
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion
  • Spinal fusion
  • Tethered cord release

Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)

XLIF is a minimally invasive spinal fusion procedure. Rather than making an incision that cuts the abdomen and back muscles, XLIF involves a small incision on the patient’s side. Special equipment is used to monitor how close the surgeon’s tools are to the spinal nerves. To be eligible for XLIF, the patient’s vertebra in the spine must be easily reached from the side of the body.

Spinal cord injury

Most spinal cord injuries are caused by a sudden, traumatic injury to the spine that breaks or dislocates the vertebrae. The bone fragments can tear or damage the spinal cord tissue. In other cases, the spinal cord is cut by an event, such as a gunshot or knife wound. Bleeding and swelling following the initial injury can cause additional spinal cord damage.

Spinal cord injury symptoms can include severe pain or stinging sensation in the neck or back, loss of movement, loss of sensation, loss of bowel or bladder control, spasms or exaggerated reflexes, difficulty coughing or breathing and an oddly positioned neck or back.

Spinal cord rehabilitation

Rehabilitation after spine surgery helps to speed up the recovery process for our patients. At TMCA, we work closely with Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, allowing for a smooth transition from the inpatient setting at TMCA to the recovery program at Spalding.