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Spine Center

Back pain and spine problems can require the combined expertise of clinicians and support specialists from many fields.  Our multi-disciplinary team approach utilizes the latest technologies and medical breakthroughs to treat patients from the relatively straightforward evaluation and treatment of common conditions like herniated discs, neck pain, and low back pain to complex management strategies for problems like spinal tumors, scoliosis, and fractures.

  • Offers minimally invasive treatment options with the Joimax TESSYS® endoscopic surgical system
  • Extensive experience with complex surgery revisions, reconstruction, and deformity correction
  • Minimally invasive spine treatments for fractures and tumors of the spine
  • Advanced treatment options for spinal cancers in conjunction with the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center  Advanced diagnostic testing
  • Access to cutting-edge research and clinical trials

Patient Video: MUSC' Spine Center is Changing Lives 

Spine Treatments Available

Our multi-disciplinary team approach utilizes the latest technologies and medical breakthroughs to treat patients from the relatively straightforward evaluation and treatment of common conditions like herniated discs, neck pain, and low back pain to complex management strategies for problems like spinal tumors, scoliosis, and fractures. While most spine problems can be treated without surgery, we offer an extensive array of advanced surgical and non-surgical options for patients.

Learn more about our surgical treatments, pain management therapies and other non-surgical treatments options available.

Surgical Treatments:

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) including MIS Fusion and MIS Tumor Surgery
  • Cervical (Neck) Fusion:
    • Anterior Cervical Fusion (ACF)
    • Posterior Cervical Fusion (PCF)
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Fusion:
  • Transpsoas/Lateral Interbody Fusion
  • Transforaminal Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Trans-sacral Interbody Fusion (AxialIF)
  • 360° Fusion (Anterior and Posterior)
  • Fusion Alternatives
  • Lumbar Total Disc Replacement (TDR)
  • Cervical Total Disc Replacement (TDR)
  • Dynamic Stabilization
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)
  • Facet and Sacroiliac Joint (SI) Rhizotomy
  • X-STOP
  • Vertebral Fracture Repair
  •  Other Surgical Procedures:

Pain management therapies including:

Non-surgical treatments including:

  • Multidisciplinary approached to chronic pain management and non-opioid management
  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Medication
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Patient education
  • Chronic pain management
  • Cognitive therapies
  • Biofeedback

Locations

The MUSC Health Spine Center team sees patients in downtown Charleston, West Ashley, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Murrell's Inlet, and Orangeburg. Please see the list below to find a location near you.

Downtown Charleston, SC

MUSC Rutledge Tower
135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center
86 Jonathan Lucas Street
Charleston, SC 29425

Mount Pleasant, SC

MUSC Health East Cooper
1600 Midtown Avenue, 2nd floor
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Murrell's Inlet, SC

MUSC Health Neurosurgery
4367 Riverwood Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC  29576

North Charleston, SC

MUSC Health North Charleston
8992 University Boulevard
North Charleston, SC 29406

Orangeburg, SC

MUSC Health Neurosurgery
793 Cook Road
Orangeburg, SC 29155
(Patients are only seen at this location once a month.)

West Ashley, SC

MUSC Health West Ashley
2125 Charlie Hall Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29414

Our Team

The Spine Center team takes a collaborative approach to ensure patients receive the best care and have the best possible outcomes and includes specialists in:

Spine Administration:
Gayle Wadford, RN - Spine Center Program Manager

 

Neurosurgery:
Bruce M. Frankel, M.D.
Stephen P. Kalhorn, M.D.
Sunil J. Patel, M.D.
Alejandro M. Spiotta, M.D.
Istvan Takacs, M.D.
Raymond D. Turner, M.D.
Abhay K. Varma, M.D.
William A. Vandergrift III, M.D.

 

Neurosurgery Advanced Practice Providers:
Maggie Brothers, MPAS, PA-C  
Sarah Denham, ANP-BC, RNFA   
Carly Freilich McDonald, PA-C   
Megan Fulton, PA-C   
Holly Gardner, FNP   
Jarrod Nix, PA-C   
Patricia Mathias, PA-C   
Emily Whitehead, PA-C   
Carrie Thompson, PA-C   
Ellie Rodgers, PA-C

 

Orthopaedics:
Eric Belin, M.D.
John A. Glaser, M.D.
Barton L. Sachs, M.D., MBA, CPE

 

Orthopaedics Advanced Practice Providers:
Gabrielle Poole, PA-C   
Stacy Rothwell, PA-C   
Edith Barrett Willis, PA-C

 

Pain Management Specialist:
Ryan H. Nobles, M.D.
Arthur Richard Smith, M.D. 

 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation:
Emily Darr, M.D.
Bryan T. Kumiga, D.O.

 

Neurophysiology Diagnosis and Treatment:
Jonathan C. Edwards, M.D.