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Our Services

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

Conditions Treated

We care 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

Our services include evaluation, pain management, physical therapy and surgery.

Dr. Jatinder Gill with a patient


  • Complete musculoskeletal evaluation
  • Comprehensive radiology 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

Dr. Jeffrey Arle performing surgery in the Spine CenterSurgery

Harnessing the most advanced surgical techniques, Spine Center surgeons treat all spine conditions from the base of the skull (cervical spine) to the pelvis (lumbar spine). Surgeons frequently perform:

  • Decompression, fusion and instrumentation procedures via minimally invasive approaches, as well as via traditional open surgery when appropriate
  • Discectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Osteotomies for spinal deformity and treat scoliosis

Beth Israel Deaconess is a medical center that provides the highest level of specialty care, and BIDMC 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 Beth Israel Deaconess can 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 BIDMC

The Spine Center's team includes a physiatrist. If you are haven't heard of this specialty, read our article about the expertise physiatrists bring to the treatment of neck and back problems.
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