Spine Surgery Institute at TriStar StoneCrest in Smyrna, Tennessee

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TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center's spine care program connects patients to the latest diagnosis and treatment options for back and neck pain. As a patient at our hospital in Rutherford County, you will work with a spine care coordinator. They will guide you through every step of the treatment process. We will also explore all options available to maximize your spine health, including noninvasive care and spine surgery.

For a free physician referral or more information, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662.

Nonsurgical spine care treatment

Nonsurgical treatment of the spine, sometimes referred to as “conservative” treatment, refers to any treatment or therapy not involving surgery. Our orthopedic care specialists can resolve many back and neck issues using nonsurgical means.

Some forms of nonsurgical spine treatment options include:

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is important for patients with conditions affecting the spine and/or neck. Rehabilitation can help you avoid surgery, but it is also important after an operation. It can help you regain function by using exercises focused on specific areas, such as gait training and strength building.

A physical therapist may consult with you before discharge from the hospital. They will also work with your doctor to determine if other treatments - such as heat, ultrasound, spinal traction, electrical stimulation, spinal manipulation or aqua therapy - can help.

Epidural steroid injections (ESIs)

An ESI is an injection of steroid and anesthetic into an area of inflamed nerves in the back. The anesthetic acts to block the pain while the steroid works to reduce inflammation.

Facet joint injections

Spine specialists use facet joint injections to verify the location and source of pain. These injections can also be used to reduce inflammation or offer long-term relief.

Pain management

A pain management specialist may prescribe medications to help patients manage spine pain without undergoing surgery. A physical therapist may also teach you techniques to help you manage pain and strengthen your back.

Types of spine surgery we perform

Our hospital is equipped to diagnose and treat any condition affecting the spine, but surgery is never our first choice. We will first discuss other treatment options first, ranging from physical therapy to the use of assistive devices.

In cases where advanced surgery is needed, we will use minimally invasive techniques to ensure the best possible outcomes. Our dedicated spine specialists are trained in advanced equipment for spine care, enabling us to achieve improved patient outcomes and the most effective treatments possible.

Types of spine surgery we perform include:

Cervical disc replacement

During cervical disc replacement, your spine surgeon will replace the damaged disc with an artificial disc. Unlike cervical fusion, this process preserves the natural movement of the neck.


Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for people with compression fractures. The procedure involves inserting a balloon into the collapsed vertebra and the injection of a special material that hardens to stabilize the vertebra. This prevents further movement, but patients can resume their activities almost immediately.

Lumbar fusion

During a lumbar fusion, your spine surgeon will stabilize the lower back by creating bony bridges between at least two vertebrae. This process eliminates motion between the vertebrae.

Lumbar laminectomy

A lumbar laminectomy is the surgical removal of the lamina, or part of the lamina, on one or more of the vertebrae in the lower back. This procedure is usually done to relieve pressure on nerves.

Lumbar microdiscectomy

During a lumbar microdiscectomy, your spine surgeon will remove abnormal disc material pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord. This procedure may be performed to correct conditions that put pressure on the spine or nearby nerves, such as a herniated disc.

Directions to our spine institute

We are located in Smyrna, Tennessee, near the intersection of Interstate 24 and Sam Ridley Parkway intersection. Our address is:

200 StoneCrest Blvd.
Smyrna, TN 37167

Free parking is available by the hospital's front entrance and by the emergency room (ER). For appointments, proceed inside the front entrance to find the admissions area. If you are checking-in for outpatient care, go the ER desk for assistance.

Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center is designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Spine care at TriStar Health

Spine doctors, who can be orthopedists or neurosurgeons, diagnose and treat problems linked to your spine. They can help with neck and back pain as well as injuries, trauma and diseases related to the spine. You may need to see a spine specialist if you have a herniated disk, nerve damage, sciatica or chronic back pain.

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