St. Mary's Medical Center | Huntington, WV | (304) 526-1234

Regional Spine Center

In February 2011, St. Mary’s Regional Spine Center was the first in the nation to be recognized by the Joint Commission for disease-specific care certification in Spine Surgery. The award recognizes St. Mary’s as a leader in the treatment of patients with spine conditions.

Our expert team includes:

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician
  • Pain Management Specialist
  • Neurologists
  • Hospitalists
  • Interventional Radiologist
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Occupational Medicine Specialists
  • Orthopedic Surgeon

Our program offers:

  • A unique care model focusing on wellness
  • Comprehensive education to the patient and family throughout the entire Spine Center experience
  • Nurse navigator to guide patients through the process
  • Dedicated, specially trained staff members
  • Dedicated inpatient unit
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Specialized amenities

St. Mary’s dedicated physicians and neurosurgeons work as a team and are well-known and trusted throughout the region. The team approach to providing this high level of care begins even before patients arrive at the Spine Center door. The process begins with obtaining a detailed spine history by telephone interview. The physiatrist will examine the patient and review his assessment, along with test results and decides on the proper avenue of treatment, whether the patient needs surgery or alternative means of therapy and pain management. If surgery is needed, our board certified neurosurgeons, who perform hundreds of spine surgeries yearly, are readily available to serve you. Throughout the process, the patient remains involved in the decision making by receiving extensive, in-depth education about their condition and treatment options. The choice is obvious when it comes to advanced spine care. The St. Mary’s Regional Spine Center has been providing cutting edge spine care longer than any other health facility in the Tri-State, and is the obvious choice for spine care in the region.

Not all back pain sufferers will need surgery. The right spine center will offer both surgical and non-surgical treatments that may include:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Open spine surgery
  • Interventional radiologic procedures
  • Implantable devices
  • Interventional injections
  • Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
  • Other non-surgical treatments includes acupuncture, massage, and exercise to alleviate neck and back pain.

The Team

David Caraway, MD, PhD

Matt Werthammer, MD

Panos Ignatiadis, MD


Common Symptoms

If you or a loved one experiences one or more of these common symptoms of neck or back pain, it may be time to seek medical assistance:


  • Numbness or tingling in your arm or hand
  • Weakness in your arm or hand
  • Pain that shoots down your arm
  • Pain that shoots up towards your head
  • Pain when you move your head
  • Frequent headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea


  • Pain in the low back
  • Pain in hips
  • Pain that shoots down the leg
  • Numbness or tingling in your leg or foot
  • Weakness in leg or foot
  • Burning sensation down leg/foot
  • Difficulty walking
  • Difficulty with bowels or bladder

Patient Education

Understanding your spinal anatomy, your diagnosis, and any type of treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical, can be found in the links below.