Detroit Medical Center Spine Center

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Back and neck pain can be severe and disabling. At the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), we understand the burden of living in pain. Together, we'll work to find the source of your spinal-related pain and put you on the road to recovery.

The DMC's Spine Center team includes:

  • Surgical and non-surgical physicians
  • Pain management specialists
  • Nurses specializing in spinal care
  • Physical therapists

These expert specialists work together to design a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. You'll have access to some of the latest technologies, including minimally invasive procedures that may result in shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries.

Our experts work with you to provide the best course of treatment and recovery, with a focus on exploring all your nonsurgical options first. Patients who are treated surgically recover on a floor within the hospital specializing in the care of orthopedic patients. After discharge, you have access to expert outpatient rehabilitation for a seamless transition to recovery.

Spine Treatment Options

Just a few non-surgical or minimally invasive treatment options that the DMC Spine Center offers include:

  • Epidural Steroid Injections

    Injections used to treat back and neck pain by reducing inflammation around the nerves.

  • Face Joint Injections

    Injections used to treat joint pain in the back or neck caused by arthritis.

  • Facet Joint Radiofrequency Ablation/Neurotomy

    A minimally invasive procedure using heat from a needle tip to stop pain signals caused by arthritic back or neck pain.

  • Intracept

    A minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency ablation to target the specific nerve to relieve chronic lower back pain.

  • Intradiscal Stem Cell Therapy

    Use of the patient’s own stem cells as a form of regenerative medicine to treat chronic back pain caused by degenerative disc disease.

  • Intrathecal Pain Pump/Drug Delivery System

    A small pump implanted into the abdominal region that continuously and automatically delivers pain medication into the spine to control pain.

  • Minimally Invasive Decompression

    Procedures aimed at decreasing pressure in the spine caused by spinal stenosis or disc herniation. Procedural options include minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD), Vertiflex and Disc FX®.

  • Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment (OMT)

    Treatment that involves moving a patient’s muscles and joints through techniques, such as stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

  • Peripheral Nerve Stimulator

    Minimally invasive modality for controlling pain arising from trauma or dysfunction of the peripheral nerve(s).

  • Physical Therapy

    A conservative approach for restoration of movement and physical function using therapeutic exercises and education.

  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection

    Injection for treating lower back and buttock pain caused by injury, trauma, arthritis, pregnancy, etc.

  • Spinal Cord Stimulator

    A small implantable device used to block pain signals in the back and legs and/or the neck and arms.

Some of the surgical treatment options we offer for back and neck pain include:

  • Deformity Spinal Surgery

    Surgery involving both spinal fusion and instrumentation to improve the alignment of the spine for those with scoliosis or kyphosis.

  • Microdiscectomy

    A minimally invasive procedure for removing disc material that has herniated or moved to an abnormal location, causing pressure on the spinal cord or one of its nerve roots.

  • Revision Spinal Surgery

    A revision of a prior spinal surgery may be necessary if you still have symptoms after the first procedure or if you have new symptoms.

  • Spinal Decompression (Laminectomy)

    A surgery that creates space by removing the back part of the vertebra that covers the spinal canal, which enlarges the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.

  • Spinal Fusion

    A surgery to permanently connect two or more vertebrae in the spine, eliminating motion between them.

  • Spine Fracture and Spinal Cord Injury

    Non-invasive, minimally invasive or invasive procedures to decompress and stabilize spinal fractures and spinal cord injury.

  • Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

    A minimally invasive surgical procedure to stabilize a spinal compression fracture.

Your Personal Care Experience

The role of the Spine Center is to help you throughout your spine care journey by offering a personalized experience. Based on your diagnosis, our team of spine care specialists will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. The Spine Center will help you with everything from getting timely appointments and referring you to additional specialists (should they be required). The Spine Center takes the hassle out of healthcare and lets you focus on what’s most important: your treatment and recovery.

Call or fill out the form on this page to speak to with the Spine Center representative.


Our DMC Spine Center specialists are located on our main campus in Detroit and at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township. In addition, we have 25 outpatient physical therapy clinics located throughout the tri-county area.

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