The spine program at Essentia Health is designed to assess, diagnose and treat neck, mid or low back and sacroiliac joint pain. Ninety percent of people will see pain flare up in these areas at some point in their lifetime.
What is the spine program?
Who makes up the spine program team?
The spine program works across many disciplines within Essentia Health. It combines experts in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, interventional radiology, physical therapy, chiropractic, neurology and spine surgery.
One of the unique features of the program is the nurse coordinator, who is the main contact point for patients, monitoring and helping you navigate your individual plan. Patients may see a variety of providers in just a few weeks. When a question arises, who is best to answer it? The nurse coordinator will take your call, listen to your question or concern and connect you with the best person to help. This will save patients time and energy and ensures continuity of care for patients.
Your initial visit will be with an experienced and knowledgeable physician assistant or nurse practitioner Between these two providers, you’ll have the benefit of more than 20 years of experience in the spine care field.
Who should use the spine program?
Anyone experiencing neck, mid or low back pain or sacroiliac joint pain is a candidate for the spine program. Whether it’s pain after shoveling the driveway or a chronic condition that just hasn’t been fixed, the spine program at Essentia Health can help.
The program’s goal is to have people evaluated initially by an expert in spine care and then guide them through the episode, instead of coming into the health system from a variety of entry points and going from department to department for care.
This new program may be the answer for those who have a chronic condition that hasn’t been remedied through other treatments.
Ready to see a spine care expert?
Ask your primary care provider for a referral to the spine program.
You can learn more about care at Essentia Health on our website, EssentiaHealth.org, or call 701-364-8900.
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