At St. Francis Hospital's Total Joint and Spine Center, our multi-disciplinary team provides patients with a number of services to treat the body, mind and spirit. Services provided are dependent on the particular need of the individual. We utilize a patient and family centered team approach. This approach emphasizes continuous communication among the care team, which may include:
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The nursing staff is specialized in the care of joint and spine surgery patients. Each morning you will have goals to achieve for the day. You will go over your daily goals with your nurse to plan your day. The staff will assist you in personal care activities, such as bathing, toileting, and position changes. The nurses will also assist you in areas such as pain management, bowel function, medication education, incision care and movement activities such as walking and getting in and out of the chair.
These physicians specialize in physical medicine and are non-surgical experts that treat all back conditions. Some of these physicians do injections to the spine or muscles to help decrease pain symptoms.
The case manager is a registered nurse who works in collaboration with other team members to develop and implement the treatment plan and coordinate medical resources for patient's discharge needs.
Nurse Patient Navigator
Provides patient education and support during your stay and a follow-up phone call after discharge.
Physical and Occupational Therapists
Our PT / OT team will assist you in regaining independence with activities of daily living (ADL's) such as dressing, grooming, bathing and toileting, getting in and out of bed, walking and going up and down stairs. You may receive instruction in postural alignment and exercise to relieve pain and regain your strength.
Pain Management Team
A pain management advance practice nurse or physician may be called in to help manage your pain medications.
The orthotist is a specialist who may be involved in your care if you have been told you will need to wear a brace after surgery. Among other activities, they are involved in making neck, back and limb braces.
Psychological services are provided to help optimize each individual's pain management and surgical outcomes. The psychologist helps to address any concerns or anxiety related to each person's surgery which will significantly increase the benefit of the surgery. The psychologist will help with the preparation, recovery, and rehabilitation associated with each surgery. The psychologist will also help with maximizing pain management for each individual.