Welcome to Taconic Spine: A spine center approach for back & neck pain sufferers
Vermont is home to the Taconic Mountain Range, as it is home to Taconic Spine — a new spine center that is a more convenient alternative for patients from Manchester, Bennington, and Rutland, Vermont. Taconic Spine combines the expertise of Dr. Dan Robbins, a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Rob Giering, a fellowship-trained specialist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and a team of affiliated spine physical therapists. Taconic Spine emphasizes nonsurgical treatment options in advance of spine surgery. If spine surgery is needed, Taconic Spine uses the most advanced minimally invasive spine surgery techniques.
You might be surprised to learn that 80 percent of the time, back and neck pain is simply a result of strain or soft tissue injury. Click here to learn about the different conditions related to neck and back pain and how to relieve symptoms through treatment.
Daniel Robbins, MD Board-certified Spine Surgeon
Fellowship-trained in Spine
One of Vermont’s most innovative spine surgeons, Dr. Robbins specializes in minimally invasive back surgery and regularly teaches new techniques for spine surgery at clinics around the country. His medical degree was received at Howard University, followed by his internship completed at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He received his fellowship training at the University of Hong Kong in Spine and Pediatric Surgery. Click here to learn more.
The vast majority of back problems improve on their own or with nonsurgical treatment. There are a few warning signs, however, that may indicate serious spinal problems. Weakness or numbness in a leg or arm, especially if it is severe—and it is getting worse—also points to nerve damage. Nerve damage associated with these symptoms can be permanent if not treated immediately. Numbness, pain or tingling that radiates into the arm or leg is also a source for concern and should be seen within a few days by a spine specialist.
Click here to learn more about what symptoms mean and when to see a doctor.
The vast majority of back problems improve on their own or with nonsurgical treatment. There are a few warning signs, however, that may indicate serious spinal problems. Please take a moment to view frequently asked questions that can help you understand pain symptoms.
Robert W. Giering, MD Board Certified PM&R
Fellowship trained in Pain Management
Dr. Rob Giering specializes in developing non-surgical treatment options for back and neck pain patients, including the use of customized spine therapy techniques and spinal injections that relieve inflammation around nerve roots. These injections enable many patients to resolve their symptoms without the need for surgery. Click here to learn more.
Taconic Spine emphasizes activity as the key to relief from back and neck pain. The Vermont spine center mails out a free 36-page Home Remedy Book for back pain and neck pain with pain-relieving stretches that can be done on the living room rug while watching TV. These customized exercises make the back stronger, more flexible and resistant to injury. Click here to learn more.
New minimally invasive spine surgery tools and techniques used by the spine surgeon at Taconic Spine in Vermont reduces the length of the incision and enables the person to go home quicker and have a less painful recovery.
Recognizing that spine care requires a spine center approach, Taconic Orthopaedics founded Taconic Spine in 2011 as its spine specialty center. For more than 40 years, Taconic Orthopaedics has cared for people in the Vermont region. With seven orthopaedic doctors, it is one of the largest orthopaedic groups in Vermont. It includes board-certified specialists in knee and hip replacement; joint problems; sports medicine and general orthopaedics. Click here to visit the educational Internet site for Taconic Orthopaedics.