Spine Care Services

Methodist Hospitals has long been known for its expertise in the comprehensive treatment of spinal disorders. Your spine plays a key role in your daily functioning, including mobility, strength, flexibility and movement of your neck and back.

The Northwest Indiana Orthopedic-Spine Center at Methodist Hospitals brings this multidisciplinary expertise together through a collaboration of physicians and other clinicians specializing in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and physical therapy.

Picture Perfect Diagnostics

Effective treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis. Methodist Hospitals is equipped with some of the most advanced diagnostic technologies to further enable the spine care experts to make the appropriate diagnosis, which is the foundation for developing an effective, customized treatment plan to meet your specific needs and abilities.

Team-Approach to Care

This multidisciplinary approach to care is best exemplified by the professional partnership forged by spine surgeons Elian Shepherd, MD and Ashish Patel, MD. Drs. Shepherd and Patel take a coordinated team approach to delivering safe, effective and comprehensive treatment for patients suffering from all types of spinal issues.

They employ comprehensive non-surgical treatments, as well as complex surgeries previously unavailable in Northwest Indiana, to achieve optimal results. Their goal is to deliver the highest quality care to give patients the mobility and freedom from pain that lets them return to healthier and active lives.

What we treat

Methodist Hospitals is uniquely qualified to treat a wide range of complex spinal problems here in Northwest Indiana:

General Spine
• Adult Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis
• Fractures of the Spine
• Pediatric Scoliosis
• Spinal Tumors

Cervical Spine
Cervical Fracture (Broken Neck)
• Cervical Radiculopathy
• Cervical Myelopathy
• Herniated Disc
• Spinal Stenosis

Thoracic Spine
Fractures of the Spine

Lumbar Spine
Fractures of the Spine
• Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

How we treat you

Methodist Hospitals has the spine experts and facilities required to effectively treat patients suffering from all types of spinal issues. Non-surgical conservative treatments may include back and/or neck braces, medications and physical therapy.

Surgical options may include:

Revision Spine Surgery
Revision spine surgeries are performed in certain patients to correct the problems of previous spine surgery. Revision surgery is sometimes appropriate for patients with chronic pain even after surgery.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Minimally invasive spine surgery employs advanced technology and innovative techniques to treat back pain and neck pain caused by a variety of spinal disorders.

It is viable option for patients seeking quicker recovery after surgery, less post-operative pain, and smaller incisions.

Microscope-Assisted Spine Surgery
Microscope-assisted surgeries are sometimes appropriate for cervical, lumbar and motion preservation procedures, as well as disc replacement surgery.

Free Scoliosis Screenings

Having your child screened for scoliosis is quick and painless and can prevent future health problems from happening.

Southlake Campus
Pavilion B, NeuroScience Institute
200 E. 89th Ave, Merrillville

By appointment only. For information call 219-738-4926.


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Northwest Indiana Orthopedic-Spine Center at Methodist Hospitals

Southlake Campus:  101 East 87th Avenue, 3rd Floor, MerrillvilleIN 46410  •  219-738-6670