Spinal Compression Fractures

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Doctors Who Treat Spinal Compression Fractures

Primary care physicians are often the first to treat symptoms of back pain and suspect a spinal fracture; however, it is important to be evaluated at an advanced spine center as soon as possible, since early and expert intervention can keep the condition from getting worse.

The spine team at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center — expert spine surgeons along with their team of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and pain management specialists — provide comprehensive, integrated care for patients with slipped discs and many other conditions of the spine. Patients receive a complete continuum of care, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery. Sometimes the treatment required to treat spinal compression fractures is nonsurgical, non-invasive options (see Diagnosing and Treating Spinal Compression Fractures). For patients who do need surgery, we offer the latest in minimally invasive surgical techniques using state-of-the-art equipment. Patients recover faster, have less pain, and get back to their normal daily activities sooner than they could with older surgical methods.

Our surgical faculty includes some of the very best world-renowned specialists:

Dr. Roger HartlRoger Härtl, M.D., named as one of the top 50 spine surgeons in the United States, is Co-director of the Weill Cornell Spine Center and Director of Spinal Surgery and Neurotrauma at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center. He’s also the official neurosurgeon for the New York Giants. Dr. Härtl's clinical and research expertise is in simple and complex spine surgery and neurotrauma. Dr. Härtl believes that surgery for spinal compression fractures should be a part of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, and he works very closely with other specialists in a team effort to achieve the best outcome for his patients. (Read more about Dr. Härtl.)

Dr. Athos PatsalidesAthos Patsalides, M.D., is board-certified in Radiology and is an assistant professor of Radiology in Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center. Dr. Patsalides specializes in the treatment of vascular diseases of the brain and spine, and is expert in minimally invasive procedures for spine compression fractures (kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty) for patients with osteoporosis, multiple myeloma, and spinal tumors. (Read more about Dr. Patsalides.)

Dr. Eric ElowitzEric Elowitz, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spinal surgery. Routinely named to national lists of top doctors, Dr. Elowitz is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care with individual attention to each patient’s unique needs. Dr. Elowitz has developed a special expertise in new XLIF (lateral-access) procedures. (Read more about Dr. Elowitz.)

Dr. Kai-Ming FuKai-Ming Fu, M.D., Ph.D., obtained his undergraduate degrees from Stanford University and his medical and graduate training in the MD/PhD program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Fu specializes in minimal access surgery as well as having advanced training in reconstructive, deformity, and oncological spine surgery. (Read more about Dr. Fu.)

Dr. Ali A. BaajDr. Ali Baaj is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, with advanced training and expertise in spinal oncology and complex reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity. He is accomplished in both minimally invasive spinal surgery and open complex spine surgery, having had formal training in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery. (Read more about Dr. Baaj)

Dr. Samuel C. KimDr. Samuel C. Kim is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has been in practice for 10 years. Dr. Kim has expertise in complex spinal surgery, brain tumors, peripheral nerve surgery, and vascular diseases of the brain and spine — including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, carotid occlusion, and stroke. He sees patients at our Lower Manhattan office. (Read more about Dr. Kim.)

Dr. Michael VirkDr. Michael Virk is a widely published neurosurgeon with specialty training in minimally invasive and complex surgery for a wide variety of spine conditions. In addition to spinal compression fractures, his specialties include scoliosis, spinal tumors, trauma, degenerative disease, radiculopathy, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis. Dr. Virk uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques with intraoperative, computer-assisted navigation as well as spinal endoscopy. He also uses fundamental, open surgical strategies in patients who will benefit most from these. (Read more about Dr. Virk)

Dr. Srikanth BodduDr. Srikanth Boddu is an interventional neuroradiologist who specializes in minimally invasive endovascular treatments for cerebrovascular and spinal disorders. In addition to compression fractures, Dr. Boddu’s specialties include aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, tumors, stroke, pseudotumor cerebri, and tinnitus. Dr. Boddu sees patients and performs surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center on the upper east side on Manhattan. (Read more about Dr. Boddu)

At the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, patients with spinal compression fractures also may be seen by:

Dr. Amanda SacksDr. Amanda Sacks-Zimmerman is a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for pain as well as cognitive remediation after brain trauma. Dr. Sacks-Zimmerman has extensive experience in treating patients who suffer from cognitive and emotional difficulties that may be the result of a wide range of neurological conditions, including chronic pain; traumatic injury; epilepsy; radiation or chemotherapy; cardiopulmonary bypass procedures; cerebrovascular disease; and others.  (Read more about Dr. Sacks-Zimmerman.)

Pain Management Specialists: Advanced pain management techniques allow many patients to avoid surgery altogether. Our specialists work with patients to develop an individual treatment plan that can get them back to their daily lives, without pain and without surgery. Pain management specialists can also help patients recover more quickly, or with less pain, after surgery.

Physiatrists: These rehabilitation physicians specialize in treating injuries or illnesses that affect movement. The Weill Cornell Spine Center team includes nationally known specialists in spine disorders to manage non-surgical approaches to back pain, including the pain of a spinal compression fractures.

Physical Therapists: These specialists have expertise in a wide range of non-surgical techniques to help prevent or overcome pain and build strength to help prevent future injuries. A physical therapist may work with a patient as an alternative to surgery, or after surgery to help rebuild strength.

The spine surgeons at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center are fortunate to be part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital team. The 2013-14 "America's Best Hospitals" ranking in US News and World Report placed NewYork-Presbyterian as the #1 hospital in New York, and our Neurology and Neurosurgery program ranks as the #1 program in New York (and #3 nationwide). Together, the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center team is the best choice for your back.

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