Neurosurgery

Spine care

Specialists in spine problems

The health of the back and spine plays a critical role in the ability to enjoy life. At Legacy Health, our spine doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of spine problems, whether caused by traumatic injury, a work or lifestyle issue or simply because of wear and tear that comes with age.

For surgery patients, we combine expert doctors and state-of-the-art technology with complete care before and after surgery. Whether patients need pain management, physical therapy or surgery, we're with them every step of the way from diagnosis to recovery.

We have neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons who perform spine surgeries at all of our medical centers in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. Our primary goal is to treat pain and restore function with the least intervention possible. We want to improve quality of life. Call our spine navigator as a first step to spine health.

Specialty expertise

Legacy's fellowship-trained surgeons offer particular expertise in:

diagram of the human spine

When to see a specialist for back pain

Sometimes it’s hard to know when it’s time to see a doctor. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, call our spine navigator as a first step to spine health: 503-413-7700

Symptoms linked to back pain may include:

  • Dull, burning or sharp pain in the back. The pain can be limited to a single spot or cover a large area.
  • Numbness in the leg or tingling above or below the knee.
  • Stiffness or aching that occurs anywhere along the spine from neck to tailbone.
  • Sharp, shooting pain that spreads from the low back to the buttocks, down the back of the thigh and into the calf and toes.
  • Consistent ache in the middle or lower part of the back, especially after standing or sitting for a long period.

If you do choose surgery

For surgery patients, an entire team is devoted to your care:

  • Surgeons with expertise in minimally invasive surgery, microscopic surgery and computer-assisted image-guided surgery 
  • Nurses with advanced training in caring for spine surgery patients 
  • Orthopedic nurse coordinators to monitor your hospital care and prepare your post-hospital recovery plan 
  • Physical and occupational therapists to help you regain strength and mobility 
  • Discharge planners to assist you in the transition from hospital to home
Learn more about spinal surgery.

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