Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
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Spine Center

The Northern New England Spine Center

The Northern New England Spine Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to spine care including the elements of conservative and surgical treatment. Too often, patients with neck and back problems are frustrated with fragmented and inefficient care.  The Spine Center The Northern New England  Spine Center offers patients a targeted system of care that is both efficient and effective. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for spine surgery, selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.     

For more information, call the Northern New England Spine Center at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital at 1-866-333-8359, or fax referral to 603-609-6036.

Comprehensive Patient Conferences
The providers in the Spine Center meet biweekly with The Spine Center Coordinator, physical therapist, nurses and case managers, if necessary, to discuss patient care and progress. They also discuss the need for additional services and referrals for support services such as smoking cessation and nutrition

You should see a doctor if you experience:

  • Numbness or tingling
  • Severe pain that does not improve with rest
  • Pain after a fall or injury
  • Pain plus any of these problems
    • trouble urinating
    • weakness
    • fever
    • weight loss when not on a diet

How does neck or back pain get diagnosed?

To diagnose neck or back pain, your doctor will take your medical history and do a physical exam. 
Your doctor also may order tests, such as:

  • X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Education

    Spine anatomy
    Back Pain
    Neck Pain

    Conditions & treatments

    Cauda Equina Syndrome
    Fracture of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine
    Herniated Disk
    Kyphosis (Curvature of the Spine)
    Low Back Pain
    Low Back Pain Exercise Guide
    Low Back Surgery
    Pain Treatments
    Preventing Back Pain at Work and at Home
    Spinal Fusion
    Spinal Stenosis
    Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis

    Patient Testimonials

    "Real concern about my health and pain.  Dedication to getting me pain free and teaching me how to prevent it in the future." - Eric K., Barrington, NH 

    "They were caring and encouraging, helping me improve rapidly." - Warren H., Rochester, NH

    "I thought the staff overall from Dr. Dirksmeier to the nurses were outstanding, my care there was terrific --- Great Job." - Jeffrey H., Barrington, NH

    "Individualized physical exercises with appropriately trained PT, realistic expectations for types of exercise given current level of activity." - Audrey E., Barrington, NH


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    Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
    789 Central Avenue, Dover, NH 03820
    Phone: (603) 742-5252
    Toll free: 1 (877) 201-7100