Spine Disorders (Neurological Services)

The spine, or backbone, is made up of 26 bone discs called vertebrae, which protect your spinal cord and allow you to stand and bend. A number of things can change the structure of the spine or damage the vertebrae and surrounding tissue, including birth deformities, infections, injuries, tumors, conditions commonly caused by aging such as spinal stenosis and herniated disks, and diseases such as scoliosis and transverse myelitis. Spine disorders often cause pain and/or limit movement when bone changes put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, and treating these conditions can involve neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, and other types of medical specialists. Treatments vary depending on many factors but can include various types of traditional and minimally invasive surgeries, customized physical therapy, targeted medications and injections, back braces, and more conservative approaches such as stress management.


The UAB Medicine Department of Neurosurgery provides comprehensive treatment plans and sophisticated surgical care for a wide range of spine disorders and injuries. Our spinal neurosurgeons work with a team of experts from interventional neuroradiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, orthopaedics, and neuro-trauma to deliver the most effective care possible to each patient. Many of the surgical procedures they perform can be accomplished using minimally invasive techniques, producing less post-operative pain and shorter stays in the hospital. In addition to the main clinic on the UAB Medicine campus, UAB Medicine Neurosurgery operates a clinic conveniently located just off U.S. Highway 280 in the Greystone community.

The department is consistently ranked among the top 50 programs of its kind in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. UAB Medicine’s spinal neurosurgeons are board-certified or board-eligible and have completed fellowships in spinal surgery, and they are active in teaching other surgeons across the nation though courses and meetings. As leaders in their field, they have devoted their careers to studying and researching spinal conditions and treatments. They have written authoritative guidelines for spine care that are in use nationwide, and they actively contribute to scientific advances in spine surgery through cutting-edge research.

In 2015, UAB Medicine launched one of the world’s only clinics devoted to treating transverse myelitis, a rare spinal condition similar to multiple sclerosis that causes loss of motor function or paralysis. This clinic combines UAB Medicine’s expertise in several areas, including rehabilitation, neurology, neurosurgery, urology, and pain management, along with access to physical, occupational, and speech rehabilitation therapists and orthotic specialists.





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