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St. Joseph Hospital is the only hospital on the North Coast staffed and equipped to provide advanced care for patients throughout Humboldt County with a broad spectrum of spine conditions. By bringing together expert physicians, experienced nurses and highly skilled therapists, we provide complete back and spine care, including treatment of spinal conditions including disc herniations and minimally invasive spinal surgery. From physical therapy and pain management to surgery, our expert neurosurgeons and spine care teams can help you restore function and improve your quality of life.

Conditions Treated

Our board-certified neurosurgeons are highly experienced in all types of spine surgeries and use minimally invasive techniques whenever appropriate. Conditions we treat include:

  • Chiari malformations
  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Degenerative back and neck disorders
  • Herniated disks
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Lumbar and cervical disk replacements
  • Minimally invasive procedures offer significant advantages over traditional surgeries, including smaller incisions, greater surgical precision, less tissue trauma, shorter hospital stays and less scarring.

Free Online Class: Learn More and Prepare for Surgery

We are dedicated to providing spine surgery with the best possible outcomes and the fastest return to a productive life. In keeping with this goal, we offer a preoperative training class—currently offered virtually online—where you’ll learn what the surgery involves, how to prepare for surgery and what to expect after surgery. Whether you’re thinking about a spine procedure or you’re scheduled for surgery, we encourage you to attend our class.

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Surgical Care

Our experienced surgeons offer the latest surgical options, including:

  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion
  • Artificial disk replacement
  • Cervical fusion
  • Corpectomy
  • Interlaminar stabilization
  • Interspinous fusion
  • Laminectomy/laminoplasty
  • Micro endoscopic posterior diskectomy
  • Posterior lumbar interbody fusion
  • Sclerosis surgery
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Spinal fusion
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion

Non-surgical Therapies

  • Physical therapy
  • Physical and rehabilitation medicine (physiatry)
  • Pain-relieving injections
  • Non-narcotic medications
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy, facet denervation and rhizotomy (injection procedures to quiet nerve pain)
  • Disk biacuplasty (a treatment for damaged disks that uses heat to interrupt pain signals)
  • Inpatient, outpatient and in-home rehabilitation
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapies
  • Care from orthopedic-certified specialists
  • Classes and health education programs for groups and individuals
  • Programs focused on rebuilding strength to return to work

Rehabilitation Services

We support safe and healthy recovery through a team approach to rehabilitative care. Our services include:

  • Inpatient, outpatient and in-home rehabilitation
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapies
  • Care from orthopedic-certified specialists
  • Classes and health education programs for groups and individuals
  • Programs focused on rebuilding strength to return to work

Insurance Accepted

Knowing your coverage options is important. Here’s a list of the most popular coverage options:

HMO and Point of Service (POS) Plans

  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Pacificare

Medicare HMO Plans

  • PacifiCare Secure Horizons
  • Health Net Seniority Plus

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