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Back and Spine

  • Einstein was one of the first medical centers in the area to perform minimally-invasive spine surgery. Our comprehensive spine center is led by a Top Doc. Our spine surgeons are fellowship-trained and board-certified.

    We offer:

    Access to an entire network of specialists. Your treatment includes surgical and non-surgical options. If you have any other health problems that could be affecting your spine, we will diagnose and treat your co-occurring conditions, allowing you to achieve the best outcome.

    Coordination with pain management and rehabilitation.We coordinate your orthopedic care with pain management and physical therapy options, including services at MossRehab, the area’s only nationally top-ranked rehabilitation facility which offers spine-trained physical therapists.

    Challenging cases, advanced techniques. Our team is capable of handling the most challenging cases, including trauma, tumors of the spine and revisions to prior, failed surgeries. Our surgeons use leading techniques, including osteobiologics, which spares the patient an additional incision, and bloodless-surgery for patients wanting to avoid blood transfusions.


    Minimally invasive surgery. Surgery with smaller cuts, allowing for less pain and faster recovery. Often performed as an outpatient procedure.

    Discectomy. Removal of herniated disc.

    Microdisectomy. Discectomy with a smaller cut, allowing for less tissue damage and, usually, a same-day procedure.

    Minimally Invasive Laminectomy. Surgery to remove part of the vertebra called the lamina.

    Minimally Invasive Spinal fusion. Surgery to connect vertebrae in your spine.

    XLIF, or Extreme lateral lumbar interbody. Techinque of fusing the spine from the side, rather than the front or back.

    Adult Scoliosis. Curvature of the spine caused by degenerative changes or spine problems carried over from childhood that may be genetic.

    Non-surgical treatments to reduce or eliminate pain.


    Herniated disc. When the soft matter inside a disc pushes through the hard exterior. Also called a slipped or ruptured disc, disc herniation may cause pain or numbness in the arm or leg - or may cause no pain.
    Arm pain
    Neck pain 
    Back pain
    Ambulatory dysfunction
    Adult scoliosis
    Spinal stenosis
    Spondylolistesis - Stress fracture of the bones (vertebrae) that make up the spinal column.
    Arthritis and other degenerative diseases
    Osteoporotic compression fracture

    Learn more about spine and disc problems.

    Office Locations

    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    Willowcrest Building, 4th Floor
    5501 Old York Road
    Philadelphia,PA 19141

    Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park
    60 Township Line Road
    Elkins Park, PA 19027

    Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
    Medical Arts Building, Suite 200
    609 West Germantown Pike
    East Norriton PA, 19403

    Einstein Center One
    9880 Bustleton Avenue
    Philadelphia PA, 19115 


    John A. Handal, MD, Chairman, Department of Orthopedics

    Eric A. Williams, MD, Attending Orthopedic Surgeon


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    Accreditation & Partnerships

    Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park
    Blue Distinction Center for Hip and Knee

    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    Blue Distinction Center for Spine

    Einstein Medical Center Montgomery for Hip and Knee
    Joint commission gold seal

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