Diagnosis and Treatment

At The Mount Sinai Health System, patients with spinal trauma receive a thorough physical examination, including an examination of all organ systems by a multidisciplinary team of trauma specialists. X-rays, a CT scan or an MRI may be part of this examination.

Your evaluation will determine whether you have a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury and will result in a treatment plan designed specific to your needs. If you are stable enough for spinal treatment, your surgical team will determine whether decompression, fusion, or bracing is required:

  • Decompression. The removal of bone, disc, or a blood clot pushing on a nerve or the spinal cord. Decompression can be performed through "open" surgery or a minimally invasive procedure.
  • Fusion. Stabilizing the bones of the spine (vertebrae) that are structurally weak or have too much abnormal motion. Fusion typically involves implanting titanium rods and screws, and can be performed through "open" surgery or a minimally invasive procedure.
  • Bracing. Supporting the spine by externally placed collars, braces, or traction. Bracing may be used as a permanent treatment or as a temporary measure until doctors believe you are stable enough for surgery.

We can help

Located in New York City, Mount Sinai Neurosurgery Spine is dedicated to providing the highest level of clinical excellence. From the newest diagnostic studies to the least invasive interventions, we tailor our treatments to each patient's needs.

With an emphasis on comprehensive care, we work with the departments of anesthesia, physiatry, rehabilitation medicine, physical therapy, oncology, and internal medicine to provide the optimal solution for each situation. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 1-800-MD-SINAI (800-637-4624).


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