Dr. Burke said her practice first treats back and neck problems conservatively. When non-surgical treatments do not provide sufficient relief, Dr. Burke offers surgical treatments, including discectomy, lumbar fusion, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), cervical disc replacement, spinal decompression and anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF).
In treating scoliosis (curvature of the spine), Dr. Burke also first offers conservative care, including bracing and physical therapy in children to slow progression and physical therapy and activity modification in adults to minimize pain.
If surgery is required, Dr. Burke performs a two-stage operation called oblique lateral interbody fusion (OLIF) and posterior spinal fusion. This technique results in a better correction, less pain and faster recovery, Dr. Burke said.
Dr. Burke will see patients on Loyola’s main campus in Maywood and at the adjacent Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Dr. Burke earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in spine surgery, with a focus on scoliosis, at the University of Virginia.
Before joining Loyola, Dr. Burke was in private practice for three years in Hartford, Conn.