Spine Program

Pspine-rehabhysical therapists at Lifespan treat patients with spinal dysfunction including degenerative disc disease, sciatica, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and postural muscle imbalances.

Manual therapy, modalities for pain, spinal stabilization exercises and body mechanics are used to treat back and neck pain. If you have been hurt at work or have chronic back pain a therapist can provide interventions to help with your symptoms and restore your mobility.

The Comprehensive Spine Center

The Comprehensive Spine Center is based at Rhode Island Hospital, which is a founding hospital in the Lifespan health system and a major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

The center offers state of the art, multidisciplinary, and integrated evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with a whole spectrum of spinal disorders using the most advanced technology available.

Highly specialized physicians provide services ranging from exercise programs, minimally invasive injections and interventions including:

  • Discectomy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Disc replacement
  • Intrathecal pumps
  • Dynamic stabilization
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • Radical tumor resection and reconstruction
  • Spinal reconstruction for traumatic spine injuries
  • Highly complex spinal deformity correction with osteotomies
  • Per cutaneous or open spinal instrumentation and fusion for back and neck pain

The center has the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and treatment options, including:

  • Intraoperative CT scanner with image guided navigation
  • Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring capability
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Stereotactic radio-surgery
  • Multi-planar angiography
  • Triology IMRT
  • Gamma knife
  • Cyberknife
  • Fluoro
  • MRI

When you entrust your spine care to the specialists of the Comprehensive Spine Center, you can expect: 

Comprehensive Spine Care: We offer spine-specific physical evaluations, interventional procedures, minimally invasive and complex spine surgeries, physical and occupational therapy and more—making our program the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary program in the region. Our skilled clinicians take a patient-centered, collaborative approach, working closely with colleagues in neurosurgery, neurology, orthopedics, pain medicine, interventional radiology as well as physical and occupational therapists and other specialty-trained providers to ensure continuity of care.

Cutting-Edge Spine Care: Our location within the region’s largest acute care hospital and academic medical center of Rhode Island Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University gives patients access to the most advanced technology, including state-of-the-art imaging equipment and tools for minimally invasive procedures. It also allows seamless collaboration and access to the combined skills of a multidisciplinary team.

Convenience for our Patients: All of our outpatient services are accessible in our convenient, newly renovated location on the Rhode Island Hospital campus. Our systematic approach begins from the moment a patient walks through our doors, with every member of our multidisciplinary team working toward the goal of long-term pain management and improvement in each patient’s function and quality of life.