3505 Richville Road
Manchester Center, VT 05255
Phone: (802) 366-1144
Taconic Spine - A Regional Spine Center in Vermont
Taconic Orthopaedics has been providing quality care in Southwestern Vermont for over 40 years. In 2011, Taconic Orthopaedics launched a new specialized approach for back and neck pain called Taconic Spine.
Taconic Spine is a new spine center, with a home office in Manchester, along with patient consultation in Bennington and Rutland. The spine center combines the expertise of Dr. Dan Robbins, a fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon, and Dr. Rob Giering, a fellowship-trained specialist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Taconic Spine is affiliated with spine-trained therapists who have advanced training in back pain and neck pain. Our goal is to emphasize non-surgical treatment options as well as spine surgery capabilities to help the back or neck pain sufferer avoid the hassle and inconvenience of multiple referrals around town, delayed care, or fragmented and biased treatments.
A nonsurgical approach to back and neck pain
What makes our spine center unique is its emphasis on a non-surgical approach to back and neck problems. Taconic Spine includes Dr. Robert Giering, a fellowship-trained Physical Medicine physician who specializes in the non-surgical treatment of back and neck pain. PM&R physicians are often able to help many patients resolve their back or neck pain symptoms without the need for spine surgery.
However, sometimes, spine surgery may be unavoidable. This may occur because symptoms of radiating pain have not responded to non-surgical treatment options like injection therapy or customized spine physical therapy. In other cases, some symptoms like weakness or numbness in a leg or hand, or loss of control of bowel or bladder, represent emergency symptoms where back or neck surgery must be done quickly to prevent permanent paralysis of the nerves that relate to these muscles or extremities.
When spine surgery is necessary
If your back or neck problem requires surgery, Dr. Dan Robbins is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon who already is referred some of the most complex surgical cases across Vermont. These cases include herniated discs, spinal fractures, stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spinal tumor. Over the course of his career, Dr. Robbins has performed more than 3,000 successful spine surgeries.
The overall goal of spine surgery at Taconic Spine is to perform the least invasive and least aggressive option to relieve symptoms. While small incisions and minimally invasive spine surgery is typically favored to speed return to activity, some complex spine problems can involve multiple levels which can require a larger incision to allow for appropriate instrumentation and, if necessary, fusions.
Pain relief through a focus on function
Pain is a signal from the body to the brain that something is wrong. Either the back is too weak, too inflexible, something lifted was too heavy or the wrong body mechanics were used. And, unfortunately, those doctors who focus exclusively on pain symptoms often recommend a course of treatment that is the exact opposite of what the individual needs to recover from the back problem.
Years ago, for example, doctors treated back pain with bed rest and heavy drugs to mask the discomfort. It was found, however, that this type of treatment was actually damaging to the back, because it caused muscles in the back to get weaker, in turn, causing more strain and pain. Patients became more dependent on drugs and grew more inactive and disabled.
In fact, pain relief actually can come through movement. Low-impact sports like walking and swimming are the best way to make the back feel better and stronger.
Taconic Spine uses written clinical protocols to improve care and reduce treatment variation — the essence of true quality management. This enables us to make sure the right thing is done at the right time, every time. This also makes sure that every nonsurgical option has been explored — such as therapy and injections — before spine surgery is considered.
While others talk about quality, we measure outcomes with patient severity data at intake and functional status post treatment. Lastly, we audit patient satisfaction so we can continually improve, because that's what quality is all about.
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Our spine center offices serve all of Vermont, including the communities of Burlington, Bennington, Rutland, Manchester, Barre, and Montpelier, upper New York state including Saratoga Springs and Queensbury, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
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