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Spine Center services for physicians


Salem Health Spine Center offers you an easier way to refer patients with neck, back or spine pain.

Use the Salem Health Spine Center to:

  • Help your patients receive timely treatment.
  • Save your staff time in coordinating additional patient care.
  • Be kept in the loop with progress reports.
  • Satisfy patients by leveraging this valuable service.

For optimum patient referral, we suggest first completing the following:

  • Initial evaluation/exam.
  • Initial medications (e.g., anti-inflammatories).
  • Initial diagnostics and treatment (e.g., MRI, PT).
  • Salem Health Spine Center referral form.

Once you refer your patients, they will receive rapid assessment by a neurosurgeon and coordination of care.

A Salem Health Spine Center nurse navigator will keep you updated throughout the process.




Make a referral

To make a referral, call the Salem Health Spine Center at 503-814-BACK (2225) or download a physician referral form and fax it, along with records that pertain to the spine problem, to the Salem Health Spine Center at 503-814-5495.

Please remember a spine level MRI within the last 12 months is required for a referral to the Salem Health Spine Center. If an MRI is unable to be completed, a CT scan will suffice.

Salem Health Spine Center hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Once the Salem Health Spine Center receives your referral, one of our intake specialists will contact your patient to obtain a complete history of their spine problem and collect recent X-rays, MRIs or other pertinent images.

A neurosurgeon reviews that information and makes a treatment recommendation. If additional patient referrals are necessary, our nurse navigators will handle those referrals — once we have received your initial referral — and keep you informed of the recommendations and plan.