Each year, Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Spine Health helps thousands of patients with conditions of the back and neck, ranging from the most common to the most complex. Whether your goal is to get back to sports, work, hobbies or just enjoying life, the specialists at the Center for Spine Health can help.

Our specialists are nationally recognized in orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery and medical spine and provide patients with the latest, most innovative, most effective medical and surgical treatments available for back and neck problems.

What We Treat

What We Treat

Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Spine Health services run the gamut of spine care, including:

  • Interventional spine therapies
  • Mature spine care
  • Medical spine evaluation and treatment
  • Pediatric and adolescent spine care
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Spine care in pregnancy
  • Spinal and pelvic manipulation
  • Spine injury prevention
  • Spine surgery
  • Spine wellness

Conditions we treat include, but are not limited to the following:

Other Conditions Treated

We also treat other spine-related conditions including arachnoid cysts, compression fractures, hip and leg pain, musculoskeletal impairments, peripheral nerve disorders, post-laminectomy syndrome, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, schwannoma, spinal instability and spinal vascular disorders, along with those listed below:

Treatments & Services

Spine patients present with a broad array of complaints demanding accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. At the Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health, the conditions we treat include but are not limited to: 

  • Degenerative back and neck disorders
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Disc herniation
  • Spinal fracture
  • Deformities, including scoliosis and kyphosis
  • Primary and metastatic spinal tumors

Find detailed information about our services and treatments:

From periodic monitoring to intensive surgical correction, we provide state-of-the-art management for back and spine problems. When you refer to the Center for Spine Health, you ensure your patient the benefits of skilled, experienced specialty and subspecialty care and access to the latest technologies.

Among the many therapeutic options we offer are:

Spine Health surgeons have a high success rate for even the most complex procedures. Moreover, we are skilled in the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques. Although not indicated for all patients or conditions, these techniques may offer specific advantages for selected patients. Lumbar procedures are the most commonly performed surgeries, followed by cervical and thoracic procedures. The most common surgical conditions are degenerative spine conditions such as disc herniation and spinal stenosis followed by spinal deformity, such as scoliosis and kyphosis, fracture/trauma and spine tumor.

Corrective treatments range from minimally invasive decompression to spinal osteotomy, which is highly complex and is regularly performed at only a small number of spine centers in the United States.



Back on TREK Program

Cleveland Clinic’s back pain program, called Back on TREK, is a program where spine specialists partner with physical therapists and behavioral medicine specialists to improve the outcomes for people experiencing chronic back pain.

Center for Comprehensive Pain Recovery

The Center for Comprehensive Pain Recovery was formed with the over-arching goal of providing the most effective treatment and evaluation for individuals with chronic pain based on a “whole-person” model of care.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Discover how surgeons from Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Spine health are using the latest approaches and technology in minimally invasive spine surgery to help give patients relief by treating cases of degenerative discs, scoliosis, kyphosis, spinal column tumors, infection, fractures and herniated discs.

Spinal Deformity Program

Cleveland Clinic's Spinal Deformity Program provides specialized care for patients with cervical deformity, scoliosis, complex revision spine surgery, and similar conditions.

Spine Tumor Program

Cleveland Clinic’s Spine Tumor Program offers the highest-quality care for screening, diagnosis and treatment of spine tumors.

Our Team

Our Team

Our specialists at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Spine Health are committed to putting patients first through clinical excellence, collaboration and compassionate care. That begins with helping you find the right spine specialist to treat your specific condition. Learn more about the wide variety of spine conditions we treat.

Michael Steinmetz, MD
Michael Steinmetz, MD
Department Chair
Russell DeMicco, DO
Russell DeMicco, DO
Associate Medical Director, Spine

Surgical Staff

Medical/Interventional Staff

Comprehensive Pain Staff

Advanced Practice Nurses & Physician Assistants

Learn about the services APNs and PAs provide.



Make an Appointment

To make an appointment with a Center for Spine Health specialist, please call 216.636.5860 or 866.588.2264.

Virtual Visits

Whether you're a new or existing patient, you can get an initial evaluation or follow-up care from a spine specialist using your phone, tablet or computer. This means there's no travel or parking, less waiting and significant time savings. Call 216.636.5860 to schedule a virtual visit for you or a loved one and get details on cost and set-up instructions.


MyChart connects you to your health care team from the comfort and safety of home. With this secure, online tool you can manage your appointments and complete pre-visit tasks, communicate with your providers, and keep track of your test results and medications.


Clinical Trials & Research

Clinical Trials & Research

Spine Health Research Programs

The Neurological Institute advances research into disease of the brain and spine and conducts clinical therapeutic trials to support patients with neurological disorders. Our multidisciplinary research collaboration combines the expertise of clinical principal investigators with state-of-the-art imaging and data analysis to establish and implement new approaches to the treatment of neurological diseases. In addition, the Neurological Institute trains clinical fellows, full-time research fellows, and residents as next generation clinical research scientists.

Clinical trials and research are the key for advancing medial knowledge and patient care. They provide hope through offering testing of new drugs, new surgical techniques or other treatments before they are available. 

Medical Professionals

Medical Professionals

Refer a Patient

The Center for Spine Health offers direct referral lines to ease the process of making a patient referral.

To refer a patient to the Neurological Institute via phone, please call our dedicated physician referral hotline at 216.445.8455. An intake coordinator will handle your call directly. If you are unable to reach an intake coordinator, please leave a message and they will return your call within the work day (if left before 1 p.m. ET) or the next work day (if left after 1 p.m. ET).

To refer a patient to the Neurological Institute via fax, please download and complete our physician referral form and fax to 216.636.2596.


Stay connected to patients you refer to Cleveland Clinic through online updates and electronic medical records.

Our goals at the Center for Spine Health: improve patient care, develop unique technology and sub-specializations, and promote cross-fertilization of ideas among our staff.

Cleveland Spine Review: Hands-On CME

To learn more about this Cleveland Clinic Live CME Event contact[email protected]or 216.445.3449, or visit usonline.

Please plan to attend in 2019: July 16-23, 2019.

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What is good posture?

Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or laying down. Good posture involves training the body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments.

Proper posture:

  • Keeps bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly.
  • Helps decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces.
  • Decreases the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together.
  • Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions.
  • Prevents fatigue because muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy.
  • Prevents backache and muscular pain.
  • Contributes to a good appearance.
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Your Surgical Experience

Having any kind of surgery can be a stressful experience for patients, as well as for your family members and friends. At the Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health, our entire staff is not only committed to providing you with the highest quality care available - from surgery to rehabilitation - we’re also committed to making your entire experience with us as comfortable as possible. We share your goal: to restore function and quality of life to you and your family.

Pre-Admission Testing

Your preparation prior to the procedure is a very important part of your overall surgery experience. Pre-Admission Testing, which takes place several days before the surgery, includes conducting a medical history and physical, lab work, and other tests. Getting this information in advance helps our surgical team choose the safest possible medications, including anesthesia, for you, which helps to make your upcoming surgery as safe as possible.

What to Expect

For additional important details about what you can expect before and after your surgery, see our Spine Surgery Instruction Sheet.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Center for Spine Health appointment line locally at 216.636.5860 or toll-free at 866.588.2264.

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