Spinal Compression Fracture Doctors in New York
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:
Roger 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
Athos 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
Eric 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
Kai-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. 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. 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
At the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, patients with spinal compression
fractures also may be seen by:
Dr. 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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