Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. joined Spine Center Network in April 2021 as a credentialed Spine Center of Excellence. Southern Bone and Joint Specialists is one of the largest orthopedic groups in the State of Mississippi. It is based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and is referred some of the most complex back and neck pain patients from across Mississippi and the New Orleans Gulf Coast region. Other orthopedic specialists in the large group practice specialize in hip and knee replacement and sports medicine issues.
The spine center at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists includes three board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeons (the highest level of medical education in the U.S.) working with physicians who provide non-surgical treatment options for back and neck pain. The spine surgeons are proficient in artificial disc replacement, scoliosis and minimally invasive spine surgery that reduces the length of the incision, shortens time in the hospital and speeds return to activity with a less painful recovery. The spine center also has an internal spine therapy department with an exercise gym to enable patients to speed their return to work and their favorite recreational activities.
Southern Bone and Joint Specialists is located in a modern freestanding 63,000 sf facility in Hattiesburg. It has a surgical facility on its campus so patients can have spinal injections and surgical procedures in a convenient, patient-focused hospital. Southern Bone and Joint Specialists also has an online encyclopedia about spine, joint replacement and sports medicine problems at SouthernBoneandJoint.com.
As a community service it provides a free Home Remedy Book on back and neck pain to residents of Mississippi. The 36-page patient education book has custom stretches that can relieve back or neck pain symptoms, including some symptoms from a herniated disc. A symptom chart within the back pain Home Remedy Book shows patients when watchful waiting can be used for symptoms like radiating pain from a herniated disc, and when a person needs to see a spine surgeon immediately to prevent symptoms like numbness in a hand or foot from becoming permanent and lifelong. Patients can request a copy of the 36-page Home Remedy Book on back pain and neck pain at SpineCenterNetwork.com or SouthernBoneandJoint.com.
The spine center at Southern Bone and Joint Specialists also handles second opinions for spine surgery from across Mississippi and the Gulf Coast region. SpineCenterNetwork.com is the only national listing of spine centers that combine the expertise of non-surgical physical medicine MDs collaborating with top-trained spine surgeons and spine therapists. The spine centers within SpineCenterNetwork.com all emphasize patient education, non-surgical treatment options and the most advanced minimally invasive spine surgery. As a community service, most spine centers distribute a free 36-page Home Remedy Book to those in their state. Patients can request a copy through SpineCenterNetwork.com.
In May 2021, Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. was featured as one of several national centers proficient in artificial disc replacement by the national network, CentersforArtificialDisc.com.
Centers for Artificial Disc is the only verified national listing of spine centers that specialize in artificial disc replacement surgery. These centers are on the forefront of scientific and technological advances in the area of motion preservation for the spine.
According to Dartmouth Medical Atlas which does extensive research on spine surgery, there is tremendous variation in the rate of spine surgery in the U.S. with some regions having 3 spine surgeries per 1,000 population, while other regions have 8 spine surgeries per 1,000 population. Secondly, there are regional variations in the type of spine surgery performed, with some regions more advanced than others related to minimally invasive spine surgery techniques.
While some surgeons now in their 50s or 60s may have trained in the 1970s or 1980s, the spine surgeons coming out of training programs in the last 10 years typically have been trained to operate through 1-inch incisions rather than the traditional 3 inch long incisions.
This new minimally invasive surgery (MIS) approach requires the trained spine surgeon to operate through a tubular retractor resembling a large ball point pen. The instrument enables the spine surgeon to access the spine through a tiny hole and view the spine through a camera and video screen rather than a 3-inch wide incision.
The surgeons featured in the Centers for Artificial Disc site are all board-certified orthopedic surgeons or neurological surgeons, with many having advanced fellowship training in spine surgery.
This Centers for Artificial Disc site has direct links to each spine center’s web site which provides additional detailed information about their physician background and treatment philosophy.
Lastly, the Centers for Artificial Disc features spine surgeons who all philosophically emphasize non-surgical treatment options in advance of spine surgery. This can include spine therapy and spinal injections. All participating surgeons believe that the best healthcare comes from an educated patient, and they encourage patients to ask questions during their visit.