Where We Practice:
Central Maine Healthcare Orthopedics
690 Minot Avenue, Auburn
Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 7:30 AM – 4:15 PM
Central Maine Healthcare Spine Care is a leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and image-guided surgical techniques. We are the regional referral center for surgical and non-surgical spinal disorder treatments, including the latest in advanced therapies for treating acute and chronic neck and back pain.
Most individuals with spine conditions do not need surgery to get better. When a thorough exam and diagnosis has been made, we work with you to create a customized care plan, first using non-surgical solutions such as spine-specialized physical therapy, injections and medications. When non-operative treatments of back pain or neck pain don’t offer adequate relief, your provider may recommend spine surgery.
Spine Conditions We Treat
- Herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal tumors and fractures
- Degenerative disc disease
- Nerve pain
- Sciatica (pinched nerve – radiating arm and leg pain)
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Our surgeons are fellowship trained in modern, minimally invasive spine surgery and cutting-edge image-guided technologies to perform your surgery with greater precision, fewer complications, and faster recovery. Minimally invasive procedures allow many patients to have their surgery in the morning and be home later the same day to recover in their own homes. This is because, in minimally invasive spine surgery, a smaller incision is made, sometimes only a half-inch in length. The surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through these tiny incisions to access the damaged area in the spine. Entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae are achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissue.
While this type of surgery requires highly specialized training and experience to master the use of the tools, it affords tremendous benefits to the patient. The incision is smaller, the hospital stay is shorter, and recovery is quicker and less painful.
A Non-Surgical Approach
The CMH Spine Care team includes board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, also known as physiatrists. Physiatrists specialize in treating joint, tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries.
Many of our patients who have a spine injury but are not ready or a candidate for surgery, typically consult with a Physiatrist to discuss the full range of treatment options available to them. Our Physiatrists utilize advanced diagnostic tests such as electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies to more accurately understand the cause of your problems.
If indicated, we may prescribe an injection to relieve your pain symptoms and help you bridge into therapy and perhaps back to a full recovery. A spinal injection can also reveal important diagnostic information about your problem and how best to treat it. Spine injections are performed in our on-site Ambulatory Surgery Center, in a room with a C-arm imaging system which enables the physician to position the pain-relieving medication to a specific location. These procedures generally take about 30 minutes.
State-of-the-Art Spine Care Center
CMH Spine Care is a state-of-the-art spine center equipped and organized to deliver a level of back, neck, and spine care unmatched in the central Maine area. Individuals receiving treatment here at CMH Spine Care benefit from a comprehensive suite of first-class resources – all under one roof and just minutes from home.
- Evaluation by board-certified non-surgical and surgical physicians
- Spine-trained clinical staff
- Spine diagnostics (EMG/Nerve Conduction Studies)
- Xray and rapid access to advanced imaging
- Spine-specialized physical therapy
- Ambulatory Surgery Center for same-day surgical care
Meet Our Spine Care Team
Spine Care Coordinator