Innovative spine care: A heavy subject made lighter with our patient- and family-centered care

The spine is a significant part of the body. It provides our bodies with structure and support, allows us to move and protects our vital nerves and organs. For that reason, spine care can be a heavy subject. Fortunately, those who are looking for relief from back pain can take a load off, unpack some of their concern and rest assured that Augusta University Orthopaedics will have their back – literally and figuratively.

John G. DeVine, MD, and his team, including a fellow and a physician assistant, offer complete spine care. They treat all sections of the spine, which includes the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, by providing all levels of care, from nonsurgical to minimally invasive to the most complex surgeries. Importantly, the spine team takes a conservative approach to care by exploring nonsurgical options first.

“I spend the majority of my time educating patients about why they don’t need back surgery,” said DeVine, chief of the spine surgery service at Augusta University Orthopaedics. “Addressing each concern with surgery tends to do more harm than good.”

DeVine specializes in treating the following conditions:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Degenerative disc disease (spondylosis)
  • Myelopathy (a nervous system disorder that affects the spinal cord)
  • Curvature of the spine (scoliosis) in adults and children
  • Radiculopathy (one or more nerves do not work properly)
  • Spinal stenosis (abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Spine trauma
  • Spine tumor
  • Spondylolisthesis (a vertebra slips into the one below it)

We’ve got your back.

If you or a loved one is experiencing back pain, call 706-721-2741, or visit augustahealth.org/ortho.

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Augusta University Health

Based in Augusta, Georgia, Augusta University Health is a world-class health care network, offering the most comprehensive primary, specialty and subspecialty care in the region. Augusta University Health provides skilled, compassionate care to its patients, conducts leading-edge clinical research and fosters the medical education and training of tomorrow’s health care practitioners. Augusta University Health is a not-for-profit corporation that manages the clinical operations associated with Augusta University.