Our Brain Surgeons Have Your Back

"When my ongoing lower back and leg pain became unbearable one Friday, I went straight to Riverside's Emergency Room where I was immediately seen, and then referred to neurosurgeon Dr. Matthew Chang. 

Riverside Patient, Charles Brewer and sonsThe next week, I had outpatient surgery at Riverside Regional Medical Center to repair two discs that were pressing on nerves. 

I went in for surgery at 8 a.m., walked out pain free at 2 p.m. and was back at work in three days. It was really incredible. 

Now, I can again play ice hockey and enjoy an active lifestyle with my wife and two boys, ages 5 and 7. Life is good again, thanks to Riverside."

Charles Brewer, 47, of Poquoson

We think back surgery is a big deal . . .

That's why at the Riverside Health System, neurosurgeons, who are specialty trained in the complexities of operating on the brain and spine, perform back surgeries.

But before you have surgery, our neurosurgeons will work with you on nonsurgical treatments to provide relief.  And if surgery is needed, our neurosurgeons can offer you the most advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedures available.

If you are experiencing intense back or leg pain that may also include numbness, call:

Hampton Roads Neurosurgical and Spine Specialists  (757) 543-5200.

Offices are available in four convenient locations. Our staff will be happy to help you with a referral from your regular physician, if your insurance requires one.

12200 Warwick Blvd., Suite 410,
Newport News, VA 23601
(757) 534-5200

120 King's Way, Suite 3500,
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 220-6823

7544 Hospital Drive, Bldg. A, Suite 202,
Gloucester, VA 23061
(757) 534-5200

1809 S. Church Street, Suite 114 & 116,
Smithfield, VA 23430
(757) 534-5200

Frequently Asked Questions about Riverside Neurosurgeons

Why would a brain surgeon treat me for back pain?
When you hear "neurosurgeon," you probably think of brain surgery. But, neurosurgeons do so much more. While they diagnose and treat problems in the entire nervous system, much of their time is spent treating back, neck and spine conditions. That's why at Riverside, we say that our neurosurgeons have got your back. 

It hurts, but it's only back pain—do I really need a neurosurgeon?
Your spinal column encloses all the nerves that travel through every part of your body. This bundle of nerves controls your all of your movements and can put you in pain when they become compressed or inflamed like Charles Brewer's did.

With so much at stake, we at Riverside believe that a neurosurgeon, who is specially trained to perform surgery on this delicate channel of nerves, is the specialist who should operate on your back.

But what about that "surgeon" part of neurosurgeon?  Should I wait until I'm ready to have back surgery to see a neurosurgeon ?
A trip to a Riverside neurosurgeon doesn't necessarily mean that surgery is in your future. We see surgery as a last resort. Our physicians provide an entire range of non-surgical treatments to treat back pain. In fact, many of our patients get relief and never need surgery.

First, we'll listen to you and together come up with a plan that addresses your pain and its cause and take into account your treatment preferences. Physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicines, ice, heat and supports are just some of the noninvasive treatments at your disposal when you consult one of our neurosurgeons.

I'm worried that I'll need surgery.  What can I expect?
If you do need surgery, Riverside neurosurgeons are trained in the expanding field of minimally invasive surgery for the spine and back. Using advanced technology, we can operate on your back with an incision as small as inch, in some cases. Risks are reduced and your recovery time is shortened considerably over traditional surgery.

While not suitable for every patient, it's important that your surgeon can offer you the option of state-of-the art minimally invasive surgery, if it's appropriate for your condition. Your Riverside neurosurgeon can advise you and explain your options.

Ready for a consultation?
Riverside neurosurgeons practice at Hampton Roads Neurosurgical and Spine Specialists. Trained at some of the nation's top academic medical centers, our neurosurgeons provide the high level of skills and experience that can make a difference in your back pain and quality of life.  Meet our neurosurgeons.

Call us at (757) 534-5200 for a consultation about your back or neck pain.  

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