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Make a comeback after joint or back pain

Specialists at Ascension Saint Thomas’ Joint Replacement Institute and Spine Institute provide leading care for your joint, neck and back pain.

Your great comeback to better joint and spine health is our priority. Our goal is to get you back to doing what you love with our joint replacement and spine care specialists at Ascension Saint Thomas. Whether you need hip or knee replacement or back surgery, our highly experienced surgeons are ready to deliver the care you need. We use the latest technology, including robotic surgery, both of which can help shorten your recovery.

Life after joint replacement or back surgery

Joint pain can keep you from the simple things in life, such as climbing the stairs, walking outdoors on a beautiful day, or spending time with family and friends. Keeping up with daily tasks can be difficult when you have joint pain. If your joint or back pain is affecting your daily life, it may be time to think about joint replacement or spine surgery.

The Ascension Saint Thomas joint replacement program is Joint Commission certified for total joint replacement (hip and knee) at these locations: Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford and Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West.

Does your joint or back pain:

  • Keep you awake at night?
  • Cause you to limp when you walk?
  • Make you feel stiff and swollen?
  • Cause you to fall? How often?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, joint replacement surgery or spine surgery may be right for you.

Advanced joint and spine care options for injury and arthritis

Our care team helps you understand the cause of your pain. Whether you’re seeking pain relief from an injury, arthritis or degenerative joint or disc disease, we start by listening to understand you and your health. Then, we deliver care that’s right for you.

Orthopedic surgeons specialize in joint replacement surgery and minimally invasive procedures, such as:

  • Partial knee replacement.
  • Total knee replacement.
  • Revision surgery for hip replacement.
  • Total hip replacement.
  • Shoulder replacement.

Neurosurgeons deliver advanced surgical treatments for spine disorders, including:

  • Herniated disc that affects how your spine functions.
  • Neck and back conditions that cause nerve damage.
  • Scoliosis, abnormal curve of the spine.
  • Spinal stenosis, narrowing of spinal canal.
  • Spine tumors.

We start by listening to understand you and the pain you are feeling. When possible, we provide non-surgical treatments to help manage your pain, reduce inflammation and increase muscle strength and flexibility.

You'll find a different kind of relationship between you and your care team. It starts with getting to know you and your health. Whether your need is simple or complex, our team of orthopedic and spine specialists are with you at every step. Because when it comes to your health, it's more than caring. It's our calling.

Get a second opinion from an orthopedic specialist or neurosurgeon

Whether you’re dealing with joint or back pain or you're considering surgery, there’s a lot to think about. If you’re looking for a second opinion, we can help connect you with the right orthopedic doctor or neurosurgeon. Ask if a telehealth or online visit is available for your second opinion appointment.

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered or required. Our team can request your medical records from your doctor on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.

24/7 emergency care for joint and back injuries

ER care teams at Ascension Saint Thomas hospitals and sites of care provide emergency care for orthopedic hip dislocation, knee and shoulder injuries, bone fractures, spine injuries and back pain. From the ER, we can quickly connect you to an orthopedic or spine specialist.

If you experience a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or call 911.