Spine Animations

Spine Animations

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Poor posture can damage the spine and its associated muscles and ligaments. A hunched stance places abnormal stress on muscles and ligaments, causes backache and fatigue, and can even cause the spine to become fixed in an abnormal position.

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New Location — Same Comprehensive Services

The Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI) is the largest medical practice in South Carolina exclusively specializing in spinal care. And its footprint just got bigger. SSI and its ambulatory surgery center previously occupied about 41,000 square feet on three acres of land in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. As of March 2020, the practice moved to a new location on the campus of the East Cooper Medical Center at 1625 Hospital Drive.

Still in Mt. Pleasant, the new offices are less than 10 minutes from the previous location. The new 65,000-square-foot facility provides access to:

  • Six ambulatory surgery centers and outpatient procedure rooms
  • Added overnight capacity
  • Larger, state-of-the-art MRIs
  • EMG, digital X-ray and fluoroscopy capabilities
  • Expanded parking

Rely on SSI’s Services

Services you’ve come to expect from SSI specialists and support teams continue to excel and expand. Procedures and treatments available include:

  • Spine blocks
  • Minimally invasive outpatient surgery
  • In-house pharmacy
  • Physical therapy center for spine-related conditions
  • Expert shoulder and joint care
  • Nerve testing and nerve conduction studies
  • Laser surgery

Same-day services, all under one roof, remain the mainstay of SSI. Most often, no overnight stay is necessary. But you still have access to the many fine hotels, dining and entertainment options in nearby Charleston, SC, at least during non-pandemic times. The SSI team includes:

  • Spine surgeons
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Sports medicine orthopedic specialists
  • Non-surgical rehab doctors
  • Pain management specialists

We’ve Come a Long Way Baby

SSI was founded in 1990 by Dr. Don Johnson, a surgeon who worked for more than 20 years to bring all the medical tools and procedures needed to diagnose and treat spinal illnesses and injuries to one location. His vision culminated in the opening of SSI’s comprehensive South Carolina spine center. Dr. Johnson graduated with honors from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston and returned to MUSC for his residency. He’s been a member of the governing board of MUSC since 1994. He became board chairman in 2020.

Spinal physicians at SSI were the first in the South to perform an artificial disc replacement and the first to do an outpatient X-Lif procedure — an operation performed through your side to avoid cutting the muscles in your back. They were first spine doctors in South Carolina to successfully perform a percutaneous arthroscopic discectomy, which is an outpatient laser surgery used to repair herniated discs. Other examples of the endless achievements recorded at SSI include:

  • New and effective use of CT scans and MRIs for spinal diagnostics
  • A new model for the continuum of care, linking diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation together into a single program under one roof
  • Combining MRI and fluoroscopy, perfecting guided spinal blocks, often bringing relief to those suffering from chronic nerve pain
  • Applying psychological techniques designed to manage pain and motivate faster recovery
  • Introducing aquatic therapy for pain relief and rehabilitation
  • Performing artificial disc replacement using the ProDisc Artificial Disc

As the practice continues to grow, the SSI team is committed to continuing its long history of innovation in the treatment of back issues and chronic pain. Contact the office for more information or to make an appointment.

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