Spine Care

Your spine supports the rest of your body, which is why nothing can be more debilitating than back and neck pain. Our spine specialists can help you get back to a healthy, pain-free life. Based on your lifestyle and health needs, we create a personalized treatment plan for back injuries and chronic lower back pain and neck pain.  Our team leads the way in minimally invasive spine surgery techniques that can help drastically reduce recovery time. 


When to contact a medical professional

Most lower back pain and neck pain gets better within a few weeks without treatment. If you're very uncomfortable, you can rest in bed for a day or two, but longer than that does more harm than good. Over-the-counter pain medications often help reduce back pain, as does the application of cold or heat to the painful area.

Call your primary care physician or provider if your lower back pain hasn't improved at all after three days of home treatment or if your back pain:

  • Is constant or intense, especially at night or when you lie down
  • Spreads down one or both legs, especially if the pain extends below your knee
  • Causes weakness, numbness or tingling in one or both legs
  • Occurs with unintended weight loss
  • Occurs with swelling or redness on your back

What we treat

There are numerous spinal conditions that can be treated at CHI Memorial Spine Center, including:

  • Cervical myelopathy
  • cervical radiculopathy
  • Cervical stenosis
  • Compression fractures
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Herniated discs
  • Kyphosis
  • Low back pain
  • Lumbar radiculopathy (sciatica)
  • Metastatic cancer of the spine
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Post laminectomy syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis


Cutting edge treatments

Traditional and minimally invasive surgical treatments are available at CHI Memorial Spine Center, including:

  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Interbody fusions (TLIF, ALIF, XLIF, OLIF)
  • Intraoperative CT-guided surgery
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Minimally invasive lumbar fusion
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Occipitocervical fusion
  • Robot-assisted spine surgery
  • Spinal decompression
  • Spinal fusion

Non-Operative Spine Team

Dr. Paul Hoffmann
Paul Hoffmann, MD

Physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabiltation (PM&R))

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Maegen Frizzell
Maegen Frizzell, MSPA, PA-C

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician Assistant

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Neurosurgery Spine Team

Dr. Mayshan Ghiassi
Mayshan Ghiassi, MD, FAANS

Cerebrovascular Endovascular Neurosurgeon

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Sydney Adams
Sydney Adams, MSPA, PA-C

Neurosurgery Physician Assistant 

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Nicole Bratchenko
Nicole Bratchenko, MSN, ACNP-BC

Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner 

Sara Darden
Sara Darden, MMSc-PA, PA-C

Neurosurgery Physician Assistant

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Eric Henderson, MMSc, PA-C

Neurosurgery Physician Assistant

Veronica Paz, MMSc, PA-C

Neurosurgery Physician Assistant