The Spine Center
The Spine Center at VOSM is a one-of-a-kind center specializing in advanced and innovative treatment for patients with back pain and injuries, brain diseases, and disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. We have successfully treated spinal deformities, degenerative conditions, fractures, infections, tumors, and arthritis, providing both non-surgical and surgical treatment options for our patients.
The Spine Center opened in August 2011 when Dr. Ryan Gallagher, our board certified neurologist, joined the VOSM team. The facility is considered one of the nation's premier centers for neurological health. The Spine Center is proud to offer on-site MRI services.
Because many conditions stabilize over time, appropriate diagnostic and non-surgical measures are often pursued as a first line of treatment. For severe conditions, neurological dysfunction, and failed non-surgical treatment, surgery is recommended.
At VOSM, our philosophy is to perform surgeries using the most minimally invasive techniques while still ensuring recovery and reducing the risk of complications or future conditions.
Signs & Symptoms of Neurological Conditions
- Weakness in the limbs
- Scuffing nails
- Tendency to slip or fall
- Neck or back pain
- Inability to jump or perform activities
- Abnormal behavior
- Twitching or tremors
- Pacing or circling
- Difficulty getting on/off furniture
- Trouble walking on slick surfaces
- Dragging limbs
- Head tilt
- Abnormal eye movements
Common Spinal Conditions
Middle-aged and Geriatric Dogs
Your First Visit
Your pet's first visit at VOSM's Spine Center will start with a comprehensive review of his or her medical history and the development or progression of clinical signs. We also want to fully understand your hopes and expectations for the visit so that we be sure all possible concerns are addressed. At the Spine Center, because we work directly with several orthopedic specialists, we have the ability to immediately consult with additional specialists if necessary.
Following the review of your pet's medical history, the neurologist will perform a thorough examination to identify the presence, location and severity of any neurologic problems. Based on the information gathered from the medical history and examination, we will discuss the most likely conditions affecting your pet and advise you on the most appropriate diagnostic or therapeutic options.
Depending on the differentials under consideration, the further diagnostic workup may include:
- Radiographs (X-rays)
- Cerebrospinal Fluid Analysis
- Infectious disease testing
- Genetic testing
After we have the results from any diagnostic workup, a diagnosis will be rendered and potential treatment plan presented to you.
Because many conditions stabilize over time, appropriate diagnostic and non-surgical measures are often pursued as a first line of treatment. For severe conditions, neurological dysfunction, and failed non-surgical treatment, surgery may be recommended.
Many of the cases seen by our neurology team are referrals for spinal cord trauma and other acute injuries. Please speak with your primary care veterinarian about emergency cases that should be seen by a specialist. The Spine Center at VOSM is happy to coordinate care with your primary care veterinarian so that your pet can be seen by our team as soon as possible.