Spine Care

Your ability to walk, run, sit, turn and lie down all depend on your spine. Also referred to as your backbone or vertebral column, your spine is the main support for your body, and protects vital structures such as nerves that run through it. When components of the spine wear out or a spinal injury occurs, the pain and loss of motion can be debilitating.

Fortunately, major spinal care advancements in the past decade have enabled experts at St. Joseph Hospital to accurately diagnose and effectively treat patients suffering from the gamut of spinal disorders. St. Joseph Hospital's multidisciplinary Spine Program team consists of physician specialists, registered nurses, and physical and occupational therapists. They apply the latest technology, medical research evidence and their vast experience with one purpose in mind: providing the patient with the highest possible level of pain-free functioning.

Spine Pain Management

St. Joseph Hospital's outpatient Pain Clinic offers safe, minimally invasive options for effective pain management. Techniques that may be applied include interlaminar and transforaminal epidural steroid injections, facet and caudal blocks, selective nerve root blocks or stellate ganglion blocks. More information is available by clicking here.

Our Numbers Speak Volumes on Spine Care Excellence

Physicians and Orange County residents depend on St. Joseph Hospital for excellence in spine care, and we perform among the most adult and pediatric spinal procedures in the region (942 last year alone), according to statistics from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). They also report that we rate as one of the top 10 hospitals in California for the total number of spine procedures.

In addition, St. Joseph Hospital is Orange County's trusted provider for these spine procedures:

  • Upper level cervical spine fusions
  • Epidurals for pain management
  • Lower thoracic and upper lumbar spine fusion surgeries
  • Repair of spinal deformities

St. Joseph Hospital's reputation for compassionate care and clinical excellence — as well as our highly recognized 1,000-member medical staff — has earned us the distinction of "most preferred hospital" in Orange County. Furthermore, according to a recent survey by the California Healthcare Organization, St. Joseph Hospital received the highest rating possible for overall patient experience.

For more than 30 years, St. Joseph Hospital in Orange has provided the region with innovative orthopedic services. These services incorporate our proven approach of treating mind, body and spirit. For 80 years, St. Joseph Hospital has embodied high-quality, patient-centered care. As an extension of the healthcare ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, we continue to improve health and quality of life for thousands of individuals each year. Our values of Dignity, Service, Excellence and Justice form the basis for our extensive range of specialized services.