The Center for Spine Health is the only one in the Mobile area devoted exclusively to the treatment of your spine. We employ the most advanced operative and non-operative therapies in concert with the most highly-trained physical therapists and other advanced ancillary practitioners to help you live the life you want to live.
Your spine is at the core of your physical self. It determines who and what you are physically and the life you can live.
Our goal is to do what we can to keep you from the operating room. We employ non-narcotic medication, spine-specialized physical therapy, injectable techniques, and more–all in a non-operative restorative effort.
If the spine is inflamed, there are medicines which can be helpful. If there is an irritation with the muscles, tendons or mechanics we have access to the best spine-specific therapists in the area.
If there is arthritis or degenerative change, as evident in an X-Ray study, very specific injections may be performed. If there is osteoporosis and or spine fracture, we have access to the best specialists in the area.
Every approach we take is centered on a complete restoration of spinal health through adoption of proper biomechanics, strength and education to restore and maintain the life you want to live.
With some conditions, structural changes in the spine or pain compels an operative approach. Dr. Petersen has more than 20 years of operative experience, from treating minimally-invasive outpatient microdiscectomy to the most complex spinal challenges. He also has extensive experience operating on patients who have had multiple spine surgeries or patients who have had surgery elsewhere and still have the need for further treatment.
Many demands are placed on your spine – not only does it protect your spinal cord, it also supports your head, shoulders, upper body, and gives you the flexibility to bend and twist. There are three segments to the spine: the cervical spine, thoracic spine, and lumbar spine. Your neck and back are made up of small bones, called vertebrae, which are stacked on top of one another. Muscles, ligaments, nerves, and disks are additional parts of your spine.
If the spine is structurally failing, surgery can successfully restore function.