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Spine Disorders

At MaineHealth, we have skilled specialists who treat and manage spine problems. From diagnosing back pain to treating a sports-related spinal injury, our spine doctors treat a full range of spinal disorders. 

What is a spine disorder?

A spinal cord disorder can result from injury or diseases such as arthritis. Spine disease can be painful and affect movement. Treatment depends on the type of disorder or disease. There are surgical and nonsurgical treatments for spine disorders.

At MaineHealth, our spine doctors treat a full range of spine problems and back conditions that include:

  • Radiculopathy

  • Sciatica

  • Ruptured (or herniated) disc

  • Spinal stenosis

  • Spondylolysis

  • Spondylolisthesis

  • Osteoarthritis of the spine

  • Osteoporosis

  • Kyphosis

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Scoliosis

  • Sports-related spinal injury

  • Trauma

Spine disorder symptoms

Symptoms of a spinal cord problem can vary and depend on where the spinal cord is damaged. Symptoms can include:

  • Back pain

  • Weakness

  • Loss of sensation or feeling (including loss of ability to feel pain, hot or cold, vibration, or to sense where your arms or legs are)

  • Loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence)

  • Loss of bowel control (fecal incontinence)

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Paralysis


Diagnosing spine disorders and spine diseases

If your back is causing you pain, or you think you have a spine disorder, call your doctor. You may be referred to a spine specialist. Your doctor first will want to understand the problem. You will be asked about your medical history and have a physical exam. Your doctor or spine specialist also may order imaging tests.

Maine’s largest medical resource for spine problems

The Neuroscience Institute at Maine Medical Center is the state’s largest and most complete resource for diagnosing and treating spinal disorders. The program has a network of community-based providers, so patients often can get their ongoing spine care close to home.

Maine Medical Center (MMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Spinal Surgery program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.