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Dr. Bonnie Gerecke, Director of The Neurology Center and Chief of Neurology and Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Mercy Medical Center, offers expertise in diagnosing, evaluating and managing neuromuscular disease.
Mercy's team of top surgeons are known for their expertise in correcting ankle deformities caused by unsuccessful ankle fracture treatments.
Surgical Oncology at Mercy is recognized throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for its expert cancer surgeons who treat patients with melanoma and abdominal/stomach and/or GI cancer.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
This video shows the anatomy of the spine in the neck and common injuries in this area.
Patients from Baltimore and across the Mid-Atlantic region turn to the spine surgeons at The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy for their expertise and commitment to helping patients who have experienced spinal trauma. Our team of physicians has dedicated their careers to developing new and improved operations for reconstructing the injured spine and offer patients the care and support necessary when dealing with spinal trauma.
Spinal trauma refers to any injury to the spinal cord that is not caused by disease. Spinal trauma may rupture ligaments or fracture vertebrae in the neck or back. More severe injuries can damage the spinal cord or nerve roots to cause paralysis or regional pain and weakness. Some spinal injuries initially may not appear to be serious, but can leave the spinal column unstable and subject to progressive deformity and/or chronic pain.
Symptoms of spinal trauma depend on the location of the trauma. Spinal trauma or spinal cord injuries can cause some of the following symptoms:
Spinal trauma diagnosis can be difficult. When there is even a slight appearance of a spinal trauma, the spine must be immobilized until a spinal injury is ruled out. Imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans or MRIs are used to view the entire spine to make a diagnosis. Ongoing exams and tests may be needed to develop the best possible treatment options for each individual spinal trauma.
Initial treatment for spinal trauma includes immediate immobilization of the neck and back and medications to reduce swelling. Spinal surgery may be needed to assess the extent of the spinal injury and stabilize the spine. The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy has around-the-clock spine surgeon coverage to provide immediate evaluation and treatment for patients with spinal injury. Once the spine is stabilized with bracing or surgery, intensive occupational and/or physical therapy often helps speed recovery.
A man of faith endures a long, painful journey to finally discover a Mercy spine surgeon who would give him a new life.
The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, features some of the best spine experts of the Mid-Atlantic region dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of complex spine disorders, including scoliosis, osteoarthritis, stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis. Our doctors at The Maryland Spine Center work with each patient to determine the most effective and minimally invasive treatments available while offering an atmosphere of care and support. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery.
The Maryland Spine Center is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Charles Edwards, one of the nation’s leading experts in spinal surgery has been a pioneer and innovator in developing spinal surgery techniques.
A patient gains a new pain-free life after being treated by a team of doctors at Mercy Medical Center.