Methodist Hospitals has long been known for its expertise in the comprehensive treatment of spinal disorders. The Spine Care Center brings this multidisciplinary expertise together through a collaboration of physicians and other clinicians specializing in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and physical therapy. The goal of the Center is to provide the highest quality care to give patients the mobility and freedom from pain that lets them return to healthier and active lives.
The Spine Care Center offers both surgical and non-surgical treatments for:
A cornerstone of the Spine Care Center is Priority Consult, a pioneering patient management system designed to improve the patient experience and enhance productivity for spine care providers. The Priority Consult process utilizes digital technology to organize and review the patient's medical history, clinical status and any completed tests and imaging in the early stage of evaluation. This allows the spine care team to determine the most appropriate course of treatment and direct patients to the most appropriate care, from non-surgical to surgical treatments – all without the patient coming into the Center.
A significant number of patients require no surgical intervention. Using the Priority Consult system, patients avoid the time and expense of an unnecessary appointment with a surgeon, while embarking on their path to recovery much more rapidly.
Patients are guided by care coordinators who offer education and assist with coordinating treatment, pain management or therapy. In addition, care coordinators provide a vital communication link back to the referring physician, who is regularly updated regarding the status of patients referred to the Center.
Methodist Hospitals Spine Care Center is located at the Center for Advanced Clinical Studies at our Northlake Campus.
Whether caused by arthritis, trauma or joint disease, joint pain can be debilitating, affecting the quality of life and emotional and mental states of those affected. Methodist Hospitals Orthopedic Services has committed superior resources to our exceptional joint replacement program for the hip and knee. Our comprehensive, personalized program hinges on patient education supported by a skilled team working together to provide the best outcomes and patient experience.
Methodist’s Orthopedic Services delivers expert care from specialists including orthopedic surgeons, specially trained nurses, dedicated physical therapists and technicians, and specialized orthopedic care coordinators.
Personal care coordinators provide direction through the entire joint replacement process, from pre-admission testing, through surgery and rehabilitation. The guidance provided by these caring, knowledgeable professionals assists patients in reaching their recovery goals more efficiently and effectively.
The better prepared a patient is before surgery, the easier the recovery program will be. Our education program has been nationally recognized as winner of the 2002 California Pacific Award for Patient Education.
Prior to surgery, patients receive in-depth training that includes a video about their diagnosis and procedure, including what to expect and how to prepare for surgery. Methodist’s orthopedic healthcare team assists patients with building the strength and skills needed to optimize healing and mobility.
Patient Care Team
The experienced members of Methodist’s Orthopedic Spine Center share a common goal of designing an individualized, highly effective plan of care.
Methodist’s team includes:
Physical Therapist to design a movement program to build strength and aid recovery.
Occupational Therapist to teach patients how to make daily activities safer and easier.
Neurosurgery, Spine and Orthopedic Surgeons perform the surgery and manage overall treatment.
Case Manager to coordinate all patient care.