Atlantic Brain & Spine treats a broad range of neurosurgical problems. We have provided an informative list of the most common disorders and treatments that may help you better understand your diagnosis; however, this list is not all-inclusive. If you have a disorder that is not listed on this page and you would like to know if it is a condition that we treat, please contact us.
Patients who are informed that they need surgery may become overwhelmed in the doctor’s office by the amount of information given about the procedure. As a patient, you may understand the procedure as described by the doctor, but have difficulty properly relaying that information to your family members.
Additionally, neurosurgical procedures may seem intimidating to patients and to their loved ones. At Atlantic Brain & Spine, we believe that providing the patient and his or her family with easy-to-understand information will help relieve any anxiety they may be experiencing. We want you to understand exactly what will be done, the risks involved, pre- and post-operative care, and average recovery time.
We also have pamphlets in our office that can assist you and, as always, we welcome phone calls should you have questions.
Atlantic Brain & Spine, as well as its employees, physicians and affiliates, are not liable for the content or accuracy of information provided in these links. Our intent is to provide you with a basic understanding of common disorders. However, it is crucial for patients to be properly diagnosed by a physician. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any additional questions.
Sometimes called a slipped or ruptured disc, a herniated disc can occur anywhere along the spine. Often people who experience a herniated disc already have spinal stenosis, a condition that causes narrowing of the space around the spinal cord and spinal nerves.
Cervical Disc Herniation
This condition causes nerve root impingement or spinal cord compression with resulting pain, weakness, coordination difficulties or imbalance.
The spinal column contains open spaces that create passageways for the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of (or an intrusion into) these openings. This can cause a compression of the nerves. Spinal stenosis most commonly affects the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine.
Simply means an actual slip between vertebral bodies that may or may not move when you move, pinching the nerves and causing pain.
Adult spinal deformity refers to problems with spinal alignment. Typical conditions include Scoliosis, Kyphosis, also known as Scheuermann’s disease, Dowager’s hump or hunchback, and Fixed Sagittal Imbalance (FSI).
This condition is a deformity of the spine. With it, your vertebrae change from a cylindrical shape to a wedge shape. Your spine may begin to curve forward. Eventually, this gives your upper back a rounded appearance.
Spinal Column/Cord Tumors
Neoplasms, also known as spinal tumors, are abnormal growths of tissue found inside the spinal column or the spinal cord itself.
Spinal Column/Cord Injuries
Injuries to the spinal column and/or spinal cord are often caused by trauma (including car accident, gunshot and falls).
Occasionally abnormal tissue will grow within the brain. Tumors of this region can be either primary or metastatic, i.e. originating from another area of the body. These can cause headaches, seizures and weakness among other symptoms.
Metastatic Brain Tumor
This is a cancer that began elsewhere in your body and then spread to your brain, forming one or more tumors. Many different cancers can spread this way. These tumors are actually more common than tumors that begin in the brain’s own tissues.
These unique lesions affect hormone function and vision, and are commonly removed by minimally invasive endoscopic surgery.
Known as “water on the brain,” hydrocephalus is a medical condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in and around the brain.
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
This condition, which usually occurs in adults 55 and older, is an excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles of the brain. The ventricles are a system of large, fluid-filled open spaces inside the brain. Too much CSF in the ventricles can distort the brain’s shape. It can make the brain susceptible to injury.
This brain condition can contribute to many different symptoms, including dizziness, muscle weakness, numbness, vision problems, headache, problems with balance and coordination.
Multiple hemorrhagic conditions of the brain, including chronic subdural hematomas and AVMs (arteriovenous malformations)
This is a buildup of clotted blood beneath the dura. That’s a membrane that covers your brain. The blood can press harmfully against your brain.
Trigeminal Neuralgia/Face Pain
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), also called tic douloureux, is a painful condition that causes severe, sporadic, sudden shock like face pain.
Neurosurgical Physician Assistant Opening
Atlantic Brain and Spine is seeking a Physician Assistant (or SFA-NP) motivated to learn new skills and take on the challenge of continuing to reinforce and build a solid practice platform with our experienced neurosurgeons. Our growing practice employs 6 neurosurgeons, 11 Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners.
What sets our practice apart? The makeup of our surgical group includes the only endovascular neurosurgeon in our region, a world leader in lateral access exposures, and one of the top robotic lateral spine surgeons in the country also assisting with robotic improvement projects. Our surgeons have ongoing exposure to new ideas, equipment and technique advancements, and embrace the challenge to be on the cutting edge of neurosurgical technology.
Who is a good fit? This job is fast paced and requires a candidate willing to take on the challenge of learning the specifics of Endovascular Neurosurgery both on and off the job during their introductory period. Call requires 48- or 72-hour rotation (M/T; W/R; F/S/S), with additional compensation per day. Candidates should be invested in patient satisfaction and providing a good customer service model. New graduates welcome to apply. The ideal candidate will work to maintain constant communication with their attending, being an integral piece in executing the patient’s plan of care.
Work Schedule: Full-time. M-F and 1 weekend every 6 weeks /1:6 Call ratio
Graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant Program
Current Board Certification
Current North Carolina License Preferred
Critical Care training/experience
Desired knowledge/experience Neurosurgery/Neurology/Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Current prescribing privileges including a DEA license for controlled substances
Competent in viewing MRI, CT, radiology films used during the medical decision-making process
Hospital arrival by 6:45 am M-F plus call days
Surgery Schedule 2-3 days per week
Clinic days 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, 2-3 days per week; close early on Fridays.
Primary Call: Responsible for taking first call, patient consults, and acting as surgical first assist. Must be within a 30-minute travel radius when on call to NHRMC
Dental & Vision Insurance
Dues & Memberships
Full Time Front Desk
Role and Responsibilities
The medical office assistant will have a minimum of one-year experience and be an integral part of the patient care team. This is a full-time position, and will handle the use of confidential information. This position will cross cover between check-in and check-out. Primary duties are as follows:
Greet patients and visitors, in person or on the telephone
Registration of patient accounts
Process outgoing referrals
Scheduling of patient appointments
Payment collections and postings
Optimizes patient’s satisfaction, provider time and treatment room utilization by scheduling appointments
Notifying providers and clinical staff of patient’s arrival
Scanning medical records in the EMR, including but not limited to paper documents and CD images
Protects patient’s rights by maintaining confidentiality of personal and financial information
Maintain the cleanliness of the reception area
Additional duties as assigned
Qualifications and Education Requirements
High School Degree or GED required; and one year of customer service experience. Excellent customer service skills, strong written and verbal communication skills required.
One-year of medical front office experience a plus. Associates degree preferred.