TriCities Spine

320 Bristol West Blvd., Suite 2B, Bristol, TN 37620 | Phone: 423.844.6407
TriCities Spine is a subsidiary of Bristol Neurosurgical Associates, the practice of Jim C. Brasfield, MD.

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An Overview of the TriCities Spine Approach to Treatment

Select from the following categories to link to the respective pages:
Home Therapy | Injection Therapy | Physical Therapy | PM&R | Nonsurgical Care | Surgical Options

Home Therapy

Home Therapy

Injection Therapy

Injection Therapy

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Nonsurgical Care

Nonsurgical Care

Surgical Options

Surgical Options

As spine specialists we are committed to finding a treatment and management plan best suited to your underlying medical condition. We are going to enlist you as active participants in your care and long-term treatment.

Looking for a "Quick Fix"

In our fast-paced society, we often are impatient and look for the "quick fix" solution - a pill to take, a pop of the back or surgery - to take care of the problem. However, spine related disorders are akin to cardiac conditions in that both are often chronic diseases requiring considerable patient motivation as well as physician guidance and treatment for an optimal outcome. While a cardiac stent or bypass may alleviate chest pain and hear damage, patient are often called up to reduce weight and blood pressure, to exercise and to lower their cholesterol to control hear disease. Cardiac stenting or bypass without lifestyle changes lead to a less optimal result.

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Spine Care Requires a Lifestyle Commitment

Similarly, spine care requires a lifestyle commitment. While a spinal injection, procedure or surgery can be beneficial, not maintaining spinal muscle strength and flexibility, or use of good body mechanics can increase your likelihood of future problems. It is well-known that one spinal surgery increases your likelihood of having a second spinal surgery. A single disc herniation will have a five to 15 percent risk of re-herniation. A spinal fusion at one level will result in a 40 percent risk for another surgery in ten years. Improving spinal muscle strength and flexibility will allow you to improve your function for daily and recreational activities. As your endurance improves your pain level can also improve. Increased muscle strength can better support an area of the spine that is injured or developing degenerative changes.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

Your physician will assess your condition, order and review needed studies, recommend medications, physical therapy, exercise, spinal injections, and when necessary suggest surgery to find an optimal outcome for you. Treatment will often require a comprehensive approach encompassing many of these elements including the development of and following an independent exercise program. Adhering to your specific program developed in physical therapy will allow you to actively control and improve your spinal health and function over the long term.


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 Exercise Library

TriCities Spine Exercise Library

Stretching and exercising provide ample benefits to back and neck pain sufferers: pain relief, strengthening, increased flexibility, and more. Select the above image to view our Exercise Library.

Anatomy Library

TriCities Spine Anatomy Library

Medical illustrations and descriptions may help you to understand what causes back or neck pain. Select the above image to view our Anatomy Library.

Medical Animations

TriCities Spine Medical Animations

In addition to the illustrations featured in our Anatomy Library, you will find interactive, step-by-step video presentations that explain spine conditions and the available treatment procedures.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Nonsurgical Treatment at TriCities Spine

Our nonsurgical emphasis in treating back and neck problems is often successful in helping people return to activity without surgery. Select the above image to learn more about Nonsurgical Care.

A Team Approach

A Team Approach to Back & Neck Pain Treatment

TriCities Spine provides all the specialists, diagnostic, and rehabilitation facility, all under one roof. Select the above image to learn more about our team approach to the treatment of back and neck pain.

Details of Spine Problems

Details About Spine Problems

Our Spine Problems resource describes the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for spine conditions affecting the back and neck. Select the above image to view our Spine Problems section.