Georgia Neurological Surgery in Athens, Georgia founded Georgia Comprehensive Spine in 2010. Georgia Comprehensive Spine is a work in progress, combining the efforts of a fellowship-trained MD in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and spine neurosurgeons to develop a regional referral center for back and neck pain for the northeast Georgia region.
Research has shown that complex problems such as back pain are treated more successfully with a multidisciplinary approach that combines the expertise of many spine specialists. Georgia Neurological Surgery developed Georgia Comprehensive Spine in 2010 to help improve spine care for back and neck pain patients in the northeast Georgia region. Georgia Comprehensive Spine includes a team of board-certified neurosurgeons who specialize in spine, along with a non-surgical physical medicine specialist (physiatrist) and a physical therapist, all for the benefit of the patient. The strength of Georgia Comprehensive Spine lies in the combined medical expertise of this team of complementary specialists.
Sometimes surgery is the best treatment, especially for those suffering from herniated discs, spinal fractures, spinal deformity, or spinal tumor. It is estimated, however, that over half of back surgeries performed nationally are not necessary, and in some cases, counterproductive. In most cases at Georgia Comprehensive Spine, surgery is used as an option only after non-surgical treatments have been exhausted. Our physicians have advanced training in treating back and neck pain and are often successful in helping people return to activity – without surgery. Georgia Comprehensive Spine is able to care for any type of back or neck problem, from the simple strain to the most complex spine surgery.
Once an individual encounters back or neck pain, he or she is four times as likely to experience it again. This is why prevention is essential to longterm recovery. Georgia Comprehensive Spine wants the patient to be wellinformed about the causes of back and neck pain. As a community service, we mail out a free, 36-page Home Remedy Book that has helped thousands of people with symptom relief.
As a free community service, this Spine Center of Excellence mails out Home Remedy Books on a limited basis to residents in the region. Home remedy books include information about the spine center, instruction on how to use the exercise book, various exercises to help alleviate back and neck pain, and other home remedies.CLAIM YOUR FREE COPY
For those back and neck pain sufferers who have exhausted nonsurgical treatment options, spine surgery may be the next step in resolving a spine problem. Because spine surgery is a serious decision, it is a good idea to obtain a second opinion from a board-certified and fellowship-trained spine surgeon before undergoing surgery.GET A SECOND OPINION
The centers featured on Spine Center Network are the ONLY spine centers in the United States that collect and report clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction scores to external physician referral sources, employers, insurance company payors, case managers and consumers. Dating back to 1995, Prizm spine centers were the FIRST spine programs in the nation to produce and DISTRIBUTE Clinical Outcome Report Cards to external audiences. However, that is changing rapidly. With the proliferation of spine centers in the United States, and physicians and hospitals chasing after the lucrative spine patient, the race is on to publish outcomes for strategic advantage.
Prizm awards a Crystal Apple, entitled the Marcus Welby Award, for the doc who scores the highest for the three categories: time spent with the patient, medical explanation and genuine concern.