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ASHEVILLE – Mission Health is pleased to announce the opening of Mission Spine and Back Pain Center. The center is located at 7 Vanderbilt Drive in Asheville, and offers the full continuum of spine and back care in one convenient location.

“We are pleased to offer this specialized care to the community of Western North Carolina,” said Jonathan Bailey, vice president of operations at Mission Hospital. “Eight out of 10 people experience back or neck pain at some point in their lives, and it can often be debilitating. It is important for our patients to know that they don’t have to live in pain; there are solutions-both surgical and nonsurgical-that can help them live pain free and active lives.”

Physicians at the center include:

  • Physiatrist: Dr. Margaret Burke
  • Pain Interventionist: Dr. Cleveland Thompson IV
  • Neurosurgeons: Dr. Wesley Fowler III, Dr. Richard Lytle Jr., Dr. Eric Rhoton, Dr. Jon Silver and Dr. Ralph Loomis
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgeons: Dr. James Hoski, Dr. Mark Moody and Dr. Hubert Gooch

According to a press release, Mission Spine and Back Pain Center offers an innovative approach to patients suffering from back and neck pain. Patients are connected to specialists through a patient coordinator at their first visit and from there are guided through a comprehensive treatment plan. Treatments and services at the center include clinical evaluations by a physiatrist, pain injections, physical therapy, MRIs and imaging, and spine surgery evaluations.

“Convenience plays an integral factor when dealing with acute back pain,” said Dr. Richard Lytle, Jr., physician at Mission Spine and Back Pain Center. “Often patients see multiple specialists and need ongoing physical therapy. With all of these services offered in one location, our caregivers and physicians work with our patients throughout the process, carefully monitoring their progress to ensure optimal recovery.”

The center spans two floors and more than 30,000 square feet.

-Press release from Mission Health, shared May 14.

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