Patient Treatment Philosophy
Florida SpineCare Center offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the spine. All parts of the spine, including the neck (cervical spine), upper back (thoracic spine) and lower back (lumbar spine) are within the expertise of the surgeons and physicians at Florida SpineCare. The range of problems treated includes the following: soft tissue and muscular ligament pain, disc herniations, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal instability, scoliosis, kyphosis, myelopathy, infections, tumors, and fractures.
Most spinal conditions do not require surgery and patients initially referred for treatment may be seen either by one of our surgeons, our physiatrist (a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation) or one of our physician assistants. Our goal is to provide active treatment of the specific problem and ultimately educate patients so they can prevent future problems and resume an active lifestyle.
This is a practice of excellence by virtue of the state of the art evaluation and treatment offered. We welcome you as part of our team in your treatment. All of us at Florida SpineCare believe that the patient is the most important part of our team. This unique philosophy is based on the premise that you ultimately have control over, and responsibility for, your own treatment.
The Patient’s Role
Understanding your responsibilities
You are the only one who can decide which treatment is best for you. It is important that you recognize that you have a responsibility to participate in, and take ownership of, any decisions involving your health care. You will be asked to make the final decision about what is best for you, so ask questions about anything you do not understand.
Your family and close friends are an important part of the collaborative process. We encourage you to include them in any education sessions we provide concerning your condition. If you choose to have surgery, we will make every effort to keep family members informed of your progress and to involve them in your recovery process.
Deciding which treatment option is best for you involves weighing the risks and benefits associated with each option. If you eventually choose to have surgery, your physical condition and your mental attitude will determine your body’s ability to heal. You must approach your surgery with confidence, a positive mental attitude and a thorough understanding of the anticipated outcome. You should have realistic goals — and be willing to work steadily to achieve those goals.