Our Affiliate System

We are building one organization with affiliates in two regions. Our parent company, now known as Prisma Health, supports both affiliates with overall direction and leadership as we continue to align. We will soon share one brand across the entire organization to better reflect this. The rebranded Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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We are becoming Prisma Health in early 2019

Spine Program

Reducing Spine Pain

Our spine specialists provide care for both adults and children. Using the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, we provide care for all spinal and neurosurgical injuries and conditions.

As a multidisciplinary center, we bring the best surgical and non-surgical experts together in one location with physical therapy, x-ray and pharmacy. This means that our patients have:

  • Better access to care
  • Increased communication between physicians
  • Improved coordination of care
  • Electronic medical record shares patient information among providers (MyChart)

A Conservative Approach

As with all non-emergency spinal surgeries, a trial of non-operative treatment, such as physical therapy, pain medication—preferably an anti-inflammatory, or bracing should be observed before surgery is considered. The trial period of conservative treatment varies, but six weeks to six months is the general time frame.

Spine surgery may be recommended if non-surgical treatment such as medications and physical therapy fails to relieve symptoms. Surgery is only considered in cases where the exact source of pain can be determined—such as a herniated disc, scoliosis, or spinal stenosis.

Anatomy of the Spine



When Surgery is the Best Option

Our surgeons perform a wide variety of spine surgery procedures ranging from limited incision minimally-invasive surgery to complex multilevel reconstruction surgery. Conditions requiring spinal surgery may include:

  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Spinal deformity such as scoliosis and kyphosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Fractures and trauma to the spine, pelvis and extremities

Learn More About Spinal Conditions and Procedures

How May We Help You?

Call us: (864) 797-7150

Spine Program Specialists

Stephen Gardner, MD
(Neurosurgeon)

Philip Hodge, MD
(Neurosurgeon)

Charles Kanos, MD
(Neurosurgeon)

Eric Lenehan, MD
(Ortho Spine Surgeon)

Michael Lynn, MD
(Neurosurgeon)

Timothy McHenry, MD
(Ortho Spine Surgeon)

Alfred Nelson, Jr., MD
(Neurosurgeon)

FACTS

  • Back pain is a leading cause of disability claims in the United States
  • There are 120 muscles contained in the spine
  • Over 100 joints allow for the spine’s extreme flexibility and range of movement
  • Controlling your posture, strengthening your back muscles and stretching improve the long-term health of your spine