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Los Angeles Center for Spine Care and Research

You know the devastating effect it can have on your life. When you’re in pain even the simplest tasks become monumental.

Hundreds of thousands of people live with spinal pain every day — some mild, some debilitating. From injuries to congenital disorders, there are many causes of spine problems. That’s why it’s important to see a spine specialist who knows how to treat your specific condition. 

Treating A Broad Range of Conditions 
At the Los Angeles Center for Spine Care and Research, we provide non-surgical and surgical treatment for many neck and back problems, including:

  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Congenital narrowing
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated cervical, thoracic and lumbar discs
  • Spinal deformities, such as scoliosis
  • Spinal disorders and fractures
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal trauma
  • Spinal tumor or previously failed surgery

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Spine Specialists 
Unlike a general neurosurgeon, or a general orthopedist, the physicians at the L.A. Center for Spine Care and Research are fellowship trained in their sub-specialty, as well as board certified. They provide their patients with an expertise above and beyond what a generalist can offer.

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A Thorough Diagnosis 
To understand a patient’s specific condition, testing is needed for a full evaluation. Olympia Medical Center houses a comprehensive collection of imaging tools for a thorough diagnosis, including: 

  • Computerized axial tomography (CAT Scan)
  • Discography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • X-rays

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Non-surgical Approach 
After testing and evaluation, our specialists are able to develop an individualized treatment plan for patients. Fortunately, spine problems do not always require surgery. In fact, our first line of defense is a conservative, non-surgical approach. For example, after a back or neck injury, rehabilitation can be an effective treatment to help a patient return to their pre-injury status. Strengthening the muscles through exercise can not only help repair a patient’s current condition, but also help prevent future injuries. Other non-surgical treatments include:

  • Medication (such as anti-inflamatories)
  • Computerized traction (intervertebral disc compression) therapy
  • Selective Nerve root blocks
  • Epidurals
  • Alternative medicine (such as acupuncture, chiropractics and physical therapy)

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Advanced Surgical Skill 
For many, non-surgical methods help resolve painful conditions. For others, surgery may be the only option to provide relief. When surgery is necessary, our specialists strive for a minimally invasive approach.  Advanced technology, including endoscopes, microscopes, neurodiagnostic monitoring, fiberoptic video cameras, and minimally invasive surgery has helped improve patient outcomes. Using significantly smaller incisions, our surgeons are able to minimize bleeding and scarring, as well as pain, which can also provide faster recovery. 

Among the surgical procedures performed, we offer: 

  • Artificial disc placement
  • Spinal fusion
  • Endoscopic procedures
  • Microscopic procedures
  • Percutaneous procedures
  • Hardware removal
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy/laminotomy/laminoplasty
  • Vertebrectomy/corpectomy

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Post Surgical Management

While surgery and rehabilitation may help a patient’s condition, some still require help with pain management during the recovery process. Anesthesiologists and pain specialists provide specialized pain care, including: 

  • Medication management
  • Alternative medicine (physical therapy)
  • Addiction therapy and Biofeedback

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Spine Care Research 
At Olympia Medical Center, we’re entrenched in tomorrow’s technology, leading some of the nation’s most important clinical research studies for the surgical management of spine disorders, including motion preservation, disc replacement, minimally invasive spine surgery, non-fusion alternatives and stem cell technology.

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Contact Information
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of the specialists at the Los Angeles Center for Spine Care and Research, please call (310) 657-5900.

Olympia Medical Center is a 204-bed acute care medical/surgical facility, providing award-winning inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, medical and surgical services to our communities. 

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