COMPREHENSIVE MANAGEMENT OF BRAIN & SPINE DISORDERS

 

 

 

 

We offer a compendium of therapies including non-surgical, minimally invasive and traditional surgical treatments for an array of conditions. In addition, we provide onsite therapy services, partnering with STAR PHYSICAL THERAPY and radiology services, partnering with PREMIER RADIOLOGY

 

WE MANAGE THE FULL SPECTRUM OF NECK & BACK DISORDERS WITH PARTICULAR EXPERTISE IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE THERAPIES.

Back and neck pain are common complaints in the general population, with an estimated 80% of adult American's experiencing either condition over the course of their lives.  An estimated 10% of people will experience chronic back pain (pain that lasts 3 months or longer), with an estimated economic cost of almost $300 billion to the US economy.  The causes of back and neck pain are varied - and the vast majority of patients will not require surgical intervention.  Our goal is to help identify the root cause of your symptoms and find the most effective therapy.  Most patients will require little more than time, therapy and a short course of medical management.  Patients experiencing intractable pain due to a spinal instability, neurologic injury due to nerve/spinal cord compression or select patients who fail reasonable attempts at conservative treatment may need to consider operative intervention.  Our role is to help patients and their families understand the options available and make the best decision for their specific condition.    

CONDITIONS

Cervical Disc Herniation

Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Thoracic Disc Herniation

Thoracic Stenosis

Lumbar Disc Herniation

Lumbar Stenosis

Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

Spine fractures

Spinal Cord Tumors

Spinal Metastatic Tumors

Sacroiliitis

 

 

 
 

"I HAVE A BRAIN TUMOR...."

The finding of a brain tumor can be an overwhelming experience for patients and their loved ones.  Questions such as "Is it a cancer? How long have I had it? What can we do about it?" often arise.  We understand and empathize with this sentiment because we've lived through this with our own family and friends.  We offer advanced surgical therapies and integrate with some of the finest specialists in Oncology, Neurology and Radiation Oncology to provide a a benchmarked level of care for both benign and aggressive brain tumors.

BRAIN TUMORS

Glioma/Astrocytoma

Glioblastoma

Metastatic Brain Tumors

Meningioma

Schwannoma

Pituitary Tumors

Craniopharyngioma

Ependymoma

Choroid Plexus Papilloma

 


HYDROCEPHALUS

Hydrocephalus (a.k.a. "water on the brain) is a frequently seen condition where spinal fluid accumulates in the ventricles of the brain, causing symptoms from increased local pressure.  Hydrocephalus has many causes. While it is most commonly seen in children, adult patients may also develop hydrocephalus after a brain hemorrhage, infection or certain congenital causes.  It is important to understand that hydrocephalus is a diagnosis made on clinical grounds, not just based on CT or MRI scan findings.  Management options will vary based on severity of symptoms and the root cause.  

Communicating Hydrocephalus

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

 


OTHER

We also manage a spectrum of other brain related conditions including Chiari malformation and facial pain related to trigeminal neuralgia (a.k.a. tic-doloreaux).  We have special expertise in managing among the more complex Chiari malformations in the Mid-Tennessee area and have seen patient referrals from all across the United States.

Chiari Malformation

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

Peripheral nerve disorders (a.k.a. "pinched nerve" in the extremities) are a common source of pain and dysfunction, affecting almost 10% of the general population. Carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome are both disorders of nerve compression in the arm/hand that results in numbness, weakness, tingling and loss of function.  

We have extensive experience in the surgical and non-surgical management of the most common peripheral nerve disorders.