Diverse Team of Experts
Our team of spine specialists includes neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, chiropractors, spinal oncologists, pain management doctors, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, and many others. We work together to find the best treatment options for your unique symptom profile and lifestyle.
Measured Approach to Pain Treatment
We aim to find and treat the source of your pain, rather than just covering it up. We weigh the risks and benefits of every treatment option and follow strict guidelines, especially when considering prescribing medications with a risk of dependency. We take seriously our responsibility to care for your current and future well-being.
Duke Spine Health Program
Our Spine Health Program makes it easier to start with conservative options like chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, yoga, mindfulness, and more. With in-person or virtual visit options, we help you learn about your back or neck pain and manage it at home so you can feel better and stay better.
Highly Experienced Spine Center
Research shows that hospitals and surgeons who perform more surgeries tend to have better outcomes. Our surgical team performs more than 3,000 spine surgeries every year and sees over 30,000 patients.
Safe, Effective Results
Our surgeons are motivated to constantly improve, so they pay close attention to outcomes and always strive to do better. All three Duke hospitals have been named Blue Distinction Centers+ by Blue Cross Blue Shield. This recognizes Duke’s delivery of safe, cost-effective, and efficient spine surgery care. As members and leaders in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society, and Cervical Spine Research Society, our spine surgeons stay up to date on the latest technologies and advances in treating your spinal injury or condition. This results in safe, effective procedures that reduce complications to your crucial but delicate spine, nerves, and spinal cord.
For people recommended for spine surgery, we work diligently to optimize your health before, during, and afterward to ensure you achieve the best possible outcomes.
- Pre-rehabilitation with physical therapy programs helps evaluate, improve, and optimize health prior to surgery.
- Our Pre-Anesthesia Testing Center (also known as the PASS or Preoperative Anesthesia and Surgical Screening clinic), assess your health and readiness for surgery that requires anesthesia.
- Our POSH (Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health) program implements risk-reduction strategies specifically for older people.
- Our POET (Perioperative Enhancement Team) assesses people with chronic diseases -- such as diabetes, heart disease, anemia, and osteoporosis -- and refers them for treatment before surgery to increase their chances of success.
Remote, Written Second Opinion Reports
Get a written second opinion report about your spine condition from a Duke Health specialist in the comfort of your home. A second opinion can confirm a diagnosis, offer a different diagnosis, provide information about the most advanced treatments available, and ensure confidence in your decisions when faced with a serious medical condition. Learn more about our remote second opinion platform and process.