For more than 15 years, The Reading Neck & Spine Center has been a resource in the Eastern Pennsylvania region for those with back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and other types of spine problems. Located about 70 miles west of Philadelphia, the spine center attracts spine patients from across the counties of Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon, Schuylkill, Montgomery, and Luzerne.
The spine physicians at The Reading Neck & Spine Center specialize in the treatment of spinal disorders including back pain, neck pain, radiating pain from bulging or herniated discs, fractures of the spine, stenosis, arthritis, spine reconstruction, infections, tumors of the spine. and curvature problems like scoliosis or kyphosis.
Back and neck pain patients often become frustrated driving from one back doctor’s office to a second location for diagnostic tests and then a third location for therapy. The other common problem with back and neck pain, is that this fragmented treatment model doesn’t enable the spine providers to collaborate and coordinate treatment options and spine care. The patient often has to explain over and over what caused their symptoms, and what the previous treatment provider suggested.
Consequently, many spine patients are frustrated with the lack of communication and collaboration among those involved in their care. They are bounced from location to location, often having to wait weeks in between appointments which greatly prolongs their symptoms, which in turn can cause further problems with the back becoming yet more deconditioned, and the patient having to rely for too long on drugs.
Conversely, a spine center approach enables the patient to have diagnostic tests and then have an evaluation by a spine-specialized physician and treatment in one location, including a full exercise gym on site.
Secondly, surgeons are fellowship-trained in spinal surgery and are dedicated to the treatment of spinal disorders. These surgeons perform a high volume of spine surgery annually which makes them extremely proficient. Lastly, the spine center as a regional referral point for hundreds of other physicians, sees the most complex spine problems from across Pennsylvania.
For example, David J. Abraham, MD received his undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed his surgical internship and Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a Fellowship in Spinal Surgery in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Abraham is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, and The Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society.
Lastly, the philosophy of The Reading Neck and Spine Center is to emphasize NON-surgical treatment options in advance of spine surgery. This enables about 90% of our patients to get back to activity and resolve pain symptoms without the need for spine surgery.
In some cases, if a patient’s back or neck problem has not responded to non-surgical treatment options, spine surgery may be necessary. With The Reading Neck and Spine Center many surgeries can be done outpatient at Reading Surgery Center and the patient is home later the same day to recover in the comfort of their own home.
The Reading Neck and Spine Center has a close affiliation to Keystone Orthopedics which addresses all other types of orthopedic problems, such as joint problems or sports medicine issues. These physicians, for example, are proficient in knee replacement, hip replacement and all types of orthopedic surgery outside of the spine.
Reading Neck and Spine Center is also affiliated with St. Joseph’s Medical Center, located a short distance from the spine center.
Unfortunately, the field of spine is characterized by extreme fragmentation. Spine surgeons who office by themselves may try non-surgical treatment options. But because the spine patient has to be referred around town, it sometimes pre-destines the failure of non-surgical treatment.
Consequently, when non-surgical options fail, this forces the patient to resort to surgery, in some cases, unnecessarily.
Because The Reading Neck and Spine Center combines all these spine care specialists under one roof, with one medical record, there is no redundancy or duplication of effort. The physicians involved communicate and blend their expertise for the benefit of the patient. The patient goes to one central spine center location instead of multiple stops. As a result, these spine specialists are often able to help many patients resolve their back or neck pain symptoms without the need for spine surgery.
The Reading Neck and Spine Center has developed a front/back Mini-Brochure containing valuable information for patients, referral sources, and case managers. The Mini-Brochure provides information about The Reading Neck and Spine Center, treatment for work related injuries, physician biographies, and resources for how to get back to life in 2016.
To view or print the mini-brochure, click here.
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