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Knowledge is power: learn all you can about spine care and treatment

The more you know about your condition, the better prepared you’ll be to work toward a solution. From spine care tips on heavy lifting to seminars on back pain relief, the Spine Center at Unity Hospital is focused on educating our patients.

What do people want to know about the Spine Center? We’ll answer your most frequently asked questions.

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Looking for even more information? Check out these helpful links to outside resources.


Everything you wanted to know about the Spine Center at Unity Hospital in one place

What is the Spine Center at Unity Hospital?
It’s a unique resource for the Rochester area—a comprehensive, collaborative, patient-centered approach to caring for patients with neck or back pain.

What is a “nurse navigator”?
Your nurse navigator coordinates the efforts of your care team—creating your treatment plans, making appointments, and following up to be sure your treatment is effective.

Why should I choose the Spine Center at Unity Hospital?
Our Center takes a holistic view of the patient. Our physician team reviews each case individually to determine the best course of action—whether that’s surgical or non-surgical—with an ongoing management program. And your nurse navigator will be in contact with you to ensure that the approach you’re taking is working for you.

Which services are available through the Center?
In addition to total care coordination, our comprehensive services include (but are not limited to):

  • High-tech imaging 
  • Neurology/Physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation) 
  •  Physical therapy 
  •  Neurosurgery 
  • Pain injections 
  • Ongoing spine care programs 
  • Chiropractic services 
  • Chronic pain services

What if I do need surgery?
If your specialist determines that surgery is your best option, we’ll recommend the most appropriate procedure.

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Outside resources for more specific information


The Internet can be a great source for information—but please do not use it as a substitute or to replace professional medical advice you receive from a physician. We hope you find these sites helpful, but please remember that we do not control or endorse the information presented on these Web sites: 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Cancer Society

American College of Rheumatology

Arthritis Foundation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Combined Health Information Database

Lupus Foundation of America

Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Library of Medicine

National Osteoporosis Foundation

North American Spine Society

Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation

Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases - National Resource Center - NIH

Scoliosis Research Society


Spondylitis Association of America