Norton Leatherman Spine receives referrals for simple and complex spine conditions

By Rebecca Hall

The orthopedic spine surgeons at Norton Leatherman Spine are internationally recognized for their expertise in spine care. So, it’s no surprise that they receive referrals for complex spine conditions from physicians throughout the region.

Because of their experience in determining which patients need surgery and which patients do not, many referring physicians also send patients with simpler spine conditions to Norton Leatherman Spine.

“What happens over time is that referring physicians come to feel like, if these are the guys who are going to take care of my difficult cases, why not have them take care of straightforward cases too,” said Steven D. Glassman, M.D., orthopedic spine surgeon and medical director of Norton Leatherman Spine. “We have the capability of taking care of simple issues with simple solutions, and we have the capability of taking care of complicated issues.”

Patients also are referred to Norton Leatherman Spine after they received spine care somewhere else and continue to experience issues with the spine.

“I think what referring physicians come to feel is, why not send patients to Norton Leatherman Spine the first time and not generate a situation where something needs to be repaired and fixed,” Dr. Glassman said. “This has led us to use our knowledge of where things go wrong to take better care of patients in the first place.”

Norton Leatherman Spine provides nonsurgical, minimally invasive and traditional surgical treatments for simple and complex spine conditions, including:

  • Cervical degenerative disorders
  • Cervical disc herniation and radiculopathy
  • Cervical spinal stenosis and myelopathy
  • Chronic back pain
  • Lumbar degenerative disorders
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Neck pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine trauma
  • Spine tumor
  • Spondylolisthesis


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