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Brain and Spine Center: Multidisciplinary Approach

Neurological Disease and Injury Assessment

A Multidisciplinary Approach
As the first of its kind in the region, the Brain and Spine Center at St. Luke's Hospital has assembled a team of experienced and dedicated physicians specializing in neurosurgery, neurology, physiatry/physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy and pain management. The Center's multidisciplinary approach ensures that patients with various neurological diseases and injuries to the spine and nervous system receive the most appropriate course of care in an efficient manner.

"I can walk a few steps to talk to a neurologist, a physiatrist or a pain specialist and arrange the best care for the patients I see in a timely way. More practitioners mean that more patients can be seen and triaged appropriately to the specialist best capable of helping them," said Scott H. Purvines, MD, Brain and Spine Center neurosurgeon, "Also, having other neurosurgeons in the Center allows me to quickly gather opinions regarding tough or unusual cases. This way patients can be assured that all the available intellectual and technological resources can be leveled at their problems in an efficient way."

The Brain and Spine Center provides conservative and surgical treatment options for a number of brain and spine conditions, including tumors and infections, stroke, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, epilepsy, movement disorders, headache, dementia and back and neck pain including other lumbar, cervical and thoracic disorders. "We collectively have expertise in essentially all traumatic, neoplastic, vascular, infectious, degenerative and developmental problems related to the spine and nervous system," said Dr. Purvines.

From initial diagnosis to treatment and recovery, the Center's team of specialists uses the most sophisticated technologies, treatments and surgical techniques to provide the most comprehensive and compassionate care possible.

The Referral Process
One of the many advantages of referring patients to the Brain and Spine Center is that patients' individual needs are assessed immediately. "Often patients are referred for a specific reason to a specific practitioner, and they are seen that way. Other times a quick phone conversation with the patient and a review of radiographic studies can be enough to determine that a patient should be diverted to a different practitioner for care to cut down on the number of necessary visits. These determinations are made by the physicians and communicated to the patients," said Dr. Purvines.

The Brain and Spine Center completes the communication loop with referring physicians by providing follow up reports on their patients when appropriate. "Our approach is intended to make the experience comfortable and easy for the patient and for the referring physician. Both can be confident that the best care possible is available and has been considered. We can provide that care efficiently and in a caring manner," said Dr. Purvines.

Pain Management & Physical Therapy
The Center also specializes in pain management and physical therapy tailored to patients with brain and spine disorders. For pain management, interventional and non-interventional techniques are available, and a wide range of treatments are offered to help each patient regain the highest possible level of function, increase quality of life and decrease pain.

The Center's physical therapists use state-of-the-art equipment to implement custom treatment programs for patients. "The physical therapy department is dedicated to providing care to patients with brain and spine disorders. The therapists focus their continuing education on these areas, and virtually all of their patients are referred to them for treatment of brain and spine disorders. 

Headache Center
The migraine experts at The Orthwein Brain and Spine Center at St. Luke's Hospital are specially-trained to treat migraine headaches while providing long-lasting relief for people who suffer from chronic, debilitating migraine pain. In addition, our Center is staffed by advanced practitioners who work closely and collaborate with our physicians to educate and care for individuals in order to promote improved quality of life. 

Alzheimer's Association Partnership
The Alzheimer's Association is partnering with the Orthwein Brain and Spine Center at St. Luke's Hospital on a program which enables physicians to provide enhanced care to their patients through expedited engagement with a social worker for support, education and connection to local resources. 

Through the Alzheimer's Care Navigation program, patients of the Orthwein Brain and Spine Center at St. Luke's who are diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers receive a complimentary care and planning consultation with an onsite social worker. 

For more information, call 314-878-2888 or 636-685-7745.