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Spine and Orthopaedic Doctors and Staff at UPMC in South Central Pa.

Orthopaedic patients at UPMC in South Central Pa. receive care before, during and after treatment from a highly skilled orthopaedic team made up of the following specialists:

  • Anesthesiologists. Physicians who administer anesthesia and pain medication. They monitor patients during surgery and make arrangements for pain medications after surgery to keep you comfortable so you can heal.
  • Case managers. Work with patients and families on discharge planning, insurance issues and additional areas of patient support.
  • Neurosurgeons. Physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system, including congenital anomalies, trauma, tumors, vascular disorders, infections of the brain or spine, stroke, or degenerative diseases of the spine.
  • Nurse care coordinators. Provide patients with guidance and support before, during and after surgery.
  • Nurse navigators. Specially trained to guide or "navigate" non-surgical spine care treatment plans.
  • Nurse practitioners. Provide surgical assistance and follow-up care in the hospital and in the doctor's office.
  • Occupational therapists. Work with patients to develop greater independence when performing daily living tasks.
  • Orthopaedic nurses. Specially trained in orthopaedic surgical and post-surgical treatment.
  • Orthopaedic residents. Work alongside orthopaedic surgeons to provide a wide range of orthopaedic procedures.
  • Orthopaedic surgeons. Expertly trained in a wide range of orthopaedic procedures, including robotic joint replacements.
  • Pain medicine specialists. Board-certified anesthesiologists who provide comprehensive pain management from initial diagnosis to individualized treatment, including multiple pain procedures.
  • Physiatrists. Diagnose and treat both acute pain and chronic pain and specialize in a wide variety of nonsurgical treatments for the musculoskeletal system.
  • Physical therapists. Integral to patient recovery, during and after the patient’s hospital stay. Our therapists will help you regain movement and learn techniques for activities such as getting out of a bed, a chair or a car, and walking up and down stairs.
  • Physician assistants. Provide surgical assistance and follow-up care in the hospital and in the doctor's office.
  • Social workers. Available to help patients and their families cope with the issues and stresses that come from a long-term illness or a health crisis, and facilitate access to resources that may be needed.
  • Spine surgeons. Expertly trained in a wide range of orthopaedic spine procedures and/or neurosurgery.
  • Sports medicine physicians. Providers who serve as part of the sports medicine team alongside orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists. Primary care sports medicine physicians also have specialized training in the non-musculoskeletal aspects of sports medicine.

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