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Spine Center Services

At the Spine Center at BIDMC, our patients benefit from a comprehensive Dr. Christine Peeters-Asdourian (right) uses a model of the spine to explain a treatment to a female patientevaluation and collaboration among specialists to select the optimum treatment. Often, treatment does not require surgery.

Conditions We Treat

The Spine Center cares for adult patients with neck and back problems including:

  • Conditions caused by aging (degenerative disease):
    • Lumbar and spinal stenosis
    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Herniated disc
    • Osteoporosis and fragility/compression fractures of the spine
    • Spondylolisthesis
  • Central spinal cord compression (myelopathy) of the cervical and thoracic spine
  • Problems with a spinal nerve root (radiculopathy) of the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Tumors of the spine and spinal cord
  • Spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis
  • Spine trauma and spinal cord injuries
  • Acute or chronic back and neck pain

Our Services

Dr. Jatinder Gill with a patientEvaluation

  • Complete musculoskeletal evaluation
  • Comprehensive medical imaging including MRI, CT scans, bone scans, X-rays and PET scans
  • EMG/nerve conduction studies
  • Neurology evaluation 
  • Evaluation for inflammatory arthritis
  • Discography

Pain Management

  • Injections (epidural injections, nerve root blocks, facet injections, dorsal rhizotomy, sacroiliac injections)
  • Pain specialist consultation
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Physical Therapy

  • Manual therapy
  • Strengthening
  • Range-of-motion and core exercises
  • Aqua therapy


Harnessing the most advanced surgical techniques, Spine Center surgeons Dr. Jeffrey Arle performing surgery in the Spine Centertreat all spine conditions from the base of the skull (cervical spine) to the pelvis (lumbar spine).

Spine Center surgeons frequently perform:

  • Minimally invasive decompression, fusion and instrumentation procedures (traditional open surgery performed when appropriate)
  • Discectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Osteotomies for spinal deformity and treat scoliosis

Video Series: Having Surgery at the Spine Center

The Spine Center at BIDMC provides the highest level of specialty care, and our surgeons are adept at revision surgeries for patients who have previously had surgery elsewhere and are experiencing problems, as well as comprehensive evaluation of new problems. BIDMC surgeons bring special expertise in:

  • Minimally invasive decompression
  • Minimally invasive instrumented fusion
  • Minimally invasive anterior fusions in the lumbar spine (direct lateral interbody fusion)

Coordinated Off-Site Services

For your convenience, the Spine Center at BIDMC can help you coordinate off-site services, including:

  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture



Contact Information

Spine Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Shapiro Clinical Center, Second Floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Physiatry at the Spine Center

Our team includes a physiatrists, physicians who specialize in non-surgical treatment of back and neck problems.
Learn more about physiatry at the Spine Center

Having Spine Surgery

If you are a patient considering or scheduling spine surgery:

Watch our Spine Surgery Videos

Read All About Your Spine Surgery

Having Surgery at the Spine Center (PDF)