AUBURN, Maine, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Maine Spinecare, a new regional center for the treatment of back and neck problems, has opened at 690 Minot Avenue In Auburn. Maine Spinecare has partnered with PRIZM Development to bring to Maine a spine Center of Excellence joining a network of similar centers across the country.
Maine Spinecare combines the expertise of multiple spine care specialists in a single location to maximize efficiency and improve care for patients. Staffing includes specialty trained physical therapists, physical medicine physicians and fellowship-trained spine surgeons.
The spine center was opened to meet a regional need, according to CEO Michael H. Cox, Ph.D. Statistics show that four out of five Americans will suffer from acute back pain in their lifetime. Unfortunately, even with the scientific advances in diagnosis and treatment over the last twenty years, the medical treatment that back pain sufferers receive is often ineffective. Many patients still experience multiple referrals, excessive diagnostic studies and, at times, inappropriate procedures. Such scenarios leave back pain sufferers frustrated and still in pain.
"The goal of Maine Spinecare is to streamline patients immediately into the correct pathway to reduce variation in care, eliminate unnecessary diagnostic tests and procedures, and resolve the back pain as quickly as possible," explained Cox.
Statistics show that 80 percent of back pain sufferers benefit from conservative treatment, which includes a dedicated physical therapy program designed to address back pain problems. Another 10 to 15 percent of back pain patients may benefit from injection therapy, and only 5 to 10 percent may need surgical intervention. Many of the latest procedures often use minimally invasive techniques and same day surgery can be effective.
Keeping patients well-informed is a high priority at the new center. Treatment plans are thoroughly discussed and developed with each patient, and goals/outcomes are continually measured in order to track progress or evaluate any need for change in care management.
Patients experiencing neck or back pain and other spinal conditions including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, fractures, scoliosis, and spinal tumors are welcome to call 207 376 3340 for more information or visit the website at www.MaineSpinecare.com.
SOURCE Maine Spinecare