The clinic is located on the second floor. The facility is just off of University Avenue, west of the Beltline near Costco. Also located in the same building are the Meriter Orthopedic Clinic and Meriter Dermatology Clinic.
Welcome to Meriter Deming Way
We know that nothing is more important than the health of you and your family. Our expert team of physicians and staff at the Meriter Deming Way clinic are dedicated to providing the convenient, quality care you expect for your spine and rheumatology needs.
We have coordinate care with non-surgical Interventional Spine Specialist, Jared Greenberg, MD; Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Craig Dopf, MD and Rheumatologist, Christine Sharkey, MD. These three specialties will work together to provide our patients with the best possible care.
Neck and back pain are very common conditions that can negatively impact your quality of life. If left untreated, it can result in a loss of productivity at work, inability to participate in the activities you enjoy and can lead to frustration, anxiety or depression.
Our Spine Center includes experts that take a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating painful neck, back and other musculoskeletal conditions. Our providers work together to provide the most advanced treatments, to decrease pain, maximize therapies, and improve patients’ function and quality of life.
Patients are empowered to become active participants in their care for the best possible treatment outcome.
The good news is that most of these painful spine and musculoskeletal disorders can be managed successfully without surgery.
The spine conditions that are managed include, but are not limited to - bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, pinched nerves/radiculopathy, sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction, facet joint arthrosis, spondylosis, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, pars fractures and whiplash injuries.
The vast majority of patients experiencing neck and low back pain have a specific and diagnosable source of their pain. If simple measures fail to provide relief, more specialized care is needed for identification and treatment of the pain source. To accomplish this, our experts will perform a complete neuromuscular examination and utilize a variety of tools, including advanced imaging, electrodiagnostic (EMG) evaluation, diagnosis-specific PT/OT exercise programs, modalities, and injection therapy. Injections range from trigger point injections in the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome to more advanced techniques for spinal and peripheral joint injections that utilize ultrasound or fluoroscopic x-ray guidance for added precision.
If you are suffering with back or neck pain, the first method of treatment is usually non-surgical. If non-surgical treatment options are not allowing you to return to the activities you enjoy, then surgery might be an option.
Most patients choose to proceed with spine surgery when theirpain or weakness becomes disabling and interferes with their work and recreation. This usually occurs when daily pain ispresent and interferes with realistic activities.
Spinal Surgery One type of spine surgery is a decompression that includesa disectomy and/or removal of bone (laminectomy / laminotomy / foraminotomy) to provide more room or to take pressure off the nerves. The goal of a decompressive surgery is to relieve pressure on compressed nerve(s).
Spinal Fusion Surgery Spinal Fusion Surgery joins (fuses) two or more vertebrae in the lower back. The reasons to fuse several vertebrae include: treating a fractured (broken) vertebra, correcting a deformity (spinal curves or slippages), eliminating pain from painful motion and treating instability.
The goal of spinal fusion surgery is to stabilize the spine. During spinal fusion, several of the bones in your spine are locked together, or fused. This limits the movement of these bones, which may help lessen your pain.
Cervical Spine Surgery The goal of cervical spine surgery is to relieve pressure on compressed nerves and/or spinal cord, to lessen pain and decrease or eliminate numbness or weakness of limbs.
Cervical spine fusions typically involve using supplemental hardware (instrumentation) such as plates, screws, and wires. As the bone grows, it fuses and eliminates the motion at that segment of the spine.
Artificial disc replacement is also a surgery option which helps preserve the disc space motion. Ideal patients have motion and typically have a normal curved or straight spine, disc herniation, and at least 50% preservation of the disc space height and no significant arthritis in the back of the spine. Artificial disc replacement minimizes the stress on the adjacent levels & may decrease the need for future surgeries
Surgical Outcomes When explaining the surgical process, our experts use common language and pride themselves in answering all of your questions before scheduling surgery. They take minimally invasive approaches to surgery whenever possible.
The best outcomes come from a mutually respectful relationship when patients are willing to do what is necessary to reduce their pain and providers that understand patients’ pre-operative pain and surgical fears.
If you are experiencing pain and inflammation due to a rheumatological condition, you may feel at a loss knowing where to turn for help. Meriter–UnityPoint Health is pleased to announce we offer rheumatology services. Our rheumatology team will diagnose, treat and manage a variety of diseases that affect your joints, muscles and bones.
The field of rheumatology treats arthritis, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, and joint pain, swelling and inflammation. The most common conditions that a rheumatologist treats are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren’s disease, scleroderma, inflammatory myopathies, vasculitis, arthritis related to other conditions, connective tissue disease related interstitial lung disease, osteoarthritis, complicated gout and other disorders of the immune system. Some of these are very serious diseases that can limit patients’ activities and quality of life.
Our experts will work as a team with our patients to provide the best treatments available and give them the tools to manage their individual health issues. They create an environment that is open and honest, and listen to the patients’ concerns to help them live well with their chronic conditions.