Spine specialists in Austin and Central Texas

Orthopedic doctors at our hospitals use advanced tools and techniques to treat conditions affecting the spine. We also offer special rehabilitation programs to help people who have experienced a debilitating injury or illness return to an active life.

For more information about our spine services, call the St. David’s Help Center at (888) 868-2104.

Advanced care for back and neck pain

Patients at our hospitals have access to board-certified spine surgeons. These medical professionals can treat chronic back and neck pain as well as serious injuries, such as trauma. However, in many cases, spine surgery is not needed.

Your spine doctor will review noninvasive treatment options, such as pain medication and physical therapy, to manage your symptoms. You may also only need to rest and refrain from certain activities, allowing your body to heal naturally. These treatment options may be combined with surgery, depending on your specific diagnosis.

Conditions we treat

We offer orthopedic care for a wide range of conditions causing back and neck pain. Orthopedic teams at our hospitals treat:

  • Cervical disc disease (the deterioration or breaking down of the discs in the cervical spine)
  • Degenerative disc disease (the deterioration or breaking down of the discs between the vertebrae)
  • Facet syndrome (pain resulting from the facet joints)
  • Herniated discs (the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through the tougher exterior casing, which can press on nearby nerves)
  • Postural syndrome (pain or discomfort resulting from the body's poor positioning)
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (improper movement of the joints at the bottom of the spine, which can cause inflammation or lower back/leg pain)
  • Sciatica/lumbar radiculopathy (a disease affecting the lumbar spinal nerve root, typically caused by a compression of the spinal nerve root)
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome (compression of the blood vessels and/or nerves in the space between your collarbone and first rib)

Spine rehabilitation

Physical and occupational therapy is an important part of treatment following a spine injury or surgery. During physical therapy, you will learn exercises to help with strength, mobility and balance. During occupational therapy, you will regain skills needed to complete activities of daily living at work and home.

Spine services at our hospitals

Many of our hospitals throughout Central Texas offer spine care, including physical and occupational therapy programs. However, we also have a dedicated spine and sports therapy program in Austin. These spine rehabilitation and advanced therapy techniques are offered at St. David’s Spine and Sports Therapy, which is located inside St. David's Medical Center.

Specialized spine therapy techniques

We offer a special type of musculoskeletal care that involves completing a series of extension exercises—much like any other physical therapy program. However, the program at St. David’s Spine and Sports Therapy is not only about regaining strength and function. It also focuses on self-treatment and education, empowering patients to manage their condition independently.