Spine & Neck Care | Torrance Memorial | South Bay

Spine & Neck Care

The Torrance Memorial Orthopedic and Spine program offers nationally-ranked back and neck pain care through an integrated and comprehensive team of board-certified specialists in neurosurgery, orthopedics, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, including physical and occupational therapy.

The Back and Spine Center is able to care for all types of problems affecting the spine and peripheral nerves. The multi-disciplinary team works with each patient to develop a customized treatment approach designed to their specific condition. Treatment options include advanced minimally invasive spine surgery techniques offering patients shorter hospital stays, less post-operative pain and quicker return to normal activities.


Torrance Memorial Back and Spine Center offers comprehensive specialized care and a variety of treatment options for diseases of the spine and peripheral nerves, degenerative diseases of the spine, spinal deformities like scoliosis, disc disease, complex spinal tumors, Chiari malformations, and more.

Torrance Memorial is home to over 60 board-certified orthopedic doctors to provide comprehensive exams and diagnose causes of joint pain. Torrance Memorial has advanced imaging technologies and facilities to give our orthopedists the most accurate information to treat orthopedic injuries and conditions, offering convenience for patients need­­­­­ing X-ray imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and other imaging technologies.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Our goal is to provide the most advanced and cutting-edge minimally invasive surgical (MIS) treatments for patients with degenerative and complex spinal disorders. Minimally invasive spine surgery is a procedure that allows for treatment through small incisions and targeted approaches to decrease muscle and soft tissue injuries. With smaller incisions and more targeted approaches, there is an overall decrease in soft tissue damage leading to quicker recovery and decreased surgical infection rates. Clinical studies have demonstrated that Minimally Invasive Surgery decreases surgical blood loss, hospitalization time, overall recovery time and time away from work.

Traditional and Minimally Invasive Surgery options can include:

  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microlaminectomy
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Cervical and Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Discectomy
  • Sympathectomy
  • Laminectomy

Torrance Memorial Medical Center, clinics and physician offices provide advanced orthopedics care. Treatment options for back and spine may include but not limited to:

Disc Replacement Surgery

Surgical disc replacement can bring welcome pain relief to patients suffering from degenerative disc disease. Artificial disc replacement surgery may be an option for patients who are unable to find relief from their pain with non-surgical treatments. This procedure involves removal of the damaged disc and insertion of two metal plates into the space that remains. These are anchored by metal spikes around which bone will eventually grow. A polyethylene spacer placed between the plates serves as sort of a shock absorber for the back or neck.

Lumbar Spine Fusion

Age and a lifetime of physical activity may cause cartilage damage in the lumbar region (the lower portion of the spine) that occurs with age, leading to low back pain which is one of the most frequent complaints bringing patients to a doctor's office. Spinal fusion may be recommended if more conservative treatments, including physical therapy or medication, do not bring relief.

Spinal fusion surgery fuses the bones together permanently. This can be accomplished in several different ways. Bone graft material can be placed over the spine or between the vertebrae or a special cage can be packed with the material and inserted between the vertebrae.

The graft may come from different places, including another body part (usually the pelvic bone), from a bone bank, or it may be made from a synthetic bone substitute. Rods and screws may be required for additional support.

Lumbar spine fusion can be done utilizing minimally invasive techniques and the da Vinci Surgical System. This robotic surgery system allows surgeons to visualize in three dimensions, providing multi-angle views that aren't possible with a traditional open or laparoscopic approach. An anterior (front) fusion on the lumbar (lower) spine is a common surgery for various conditions, for instance a degenerative disc disease.


This minimally invasive treatment can provide relief for patients with compression fractures of the spine. Kyphoplasty involves making a small incision in the back, through which a narrow tube is threaded into the fractured area of the spine. Under x-ray guidance a small balloon is inserted through the tube and into the fracture. The balloon is inflated, gently raising the collapsed vertebra back to its normal position while also compressing the soft inner bone to create a void inside the vertebra. Deflating the balloon, the surgeon injects bone cement into the cavity, which hardens and helps to stabilize the vertebra.


A laminectomy may be recommended for patients experiencing pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves. This pressure can be caused by a variety of issues, including a herniated disc or bony growths within the spinal canal. A laminectomy may be recommended if conservative treatments, including physical therapy and medications, don't provide relief and symptoms are severe and worsening.

Also known as decompression surgery, this procedure is most commonly performed on the lower back and neck. The lamina is the back part of the vertebra that covers the spinal cord. Laminectomy involves the removal of the lamina from one or more vertebrae through a small incision, which relieves the painful pressure. During the procedure the surgeon also clears out bone fragments that press on the nerve roots and checks the nerves to make sure they're no longer being pinched.


After having orthopedic surgery, it is important to make rehabilitation, including all appointments and related activities, a priority in your life. Full participation in rehab will help you recover quickly and will also increase the likelihood that you'll be happy with the results of the surgical procedure.

Torrance Memorial's highly trained rehabilitation services team is here to help you every step of the way. Our team includes skilled physical and occupational therapists who work to meet the individual needs of every patient in our on-site rehabilitation unit and gymnasium.

But be aware that the single most important participant in your health care team is... you!

Non-Surgical Options

Our experts have access to a host of non-operative treatments to design a treatment plan that best fits the patient's lifestyle. Not all back or neck conditions require surgery. In fact, many ailments can be treated with a conservative approach.

Non-surgical options can include:

  • Medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Spinal Injections

Why Choose Torrance Memorial Orthopedics

The 5th largest private orthopedic hospitals in Los Angeles County, designed as a CalPERS preferred center, and named a Blue Distinction Center for high quality spine surgery care by BlueCross BlueShield.

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