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Unless it hurts, we don't think about it. 

The spine is one of the most critical parts of your body, providing support and structure to your entire body. The spine also protects the spinal cord, the main communication pathway from the brain to the rest of the body.

Our team of spinal physicians and therapists are experts in diagnosing and treating all types of back and spinal pain.

When pain runs along your spine or back, it can be excruciating. Initially, the cause of this pain may be difficult to pinpoint and diagnose, and can come on without any injury. Fortunately, most patients improve over time with relatively simple treatments.  

For patients who don't improve promptly, a thorough evaluation will allow your doctor to create a individualized treatment plan.

To learn more about the spine, you can watch this animation about the spine.

Spine and Back Conditions

Our expert spinal doctors will evaluate your pain and condition to determine the exact causes. Precise diagnosis is critical to choose the right treatment to bring you pain relief and return to the activities you enjoy.

Low back pain

A wide variety of activities can cause low back pain. Some patients can pinpoint exactly when lower back pain problems started, while others have only a vague recollection.  Keep a diary of your low back pain, the type of pain you are experiencing (throbbing, aching, burning, tight) and how long the pain lasts. This will help your spinal doctor to determine the causes of your lower back pain and design an effective treatment plan for you.  See more about spine treatments.

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Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis occurs when the space between the vertebrae of the spine and the spinal column narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord. Think of squeezing your hand around a rope—the tighter you squeeze, the more pressure is exerted on the rope. This tightening can cause pain, weakness and numbing sensations.  Some people experience spinal stenosis in their necks or in their lower backs and their symptoms will be different. 

Our spine surgeons can treat your spinal stenosis with many therapies, including nonsurgical options, such as medication, therapy and in some cases spine surgery. See more about spine treatments.

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Degenerative disc disease

Degenerative disc disease occurs when the discs, the spongy pads that protect the spinal vertebrae from touching each other, begin to erode. When the discs wear away, the bony vertebrate rub against each other, causing pain and friction. The discs can herniate (bulge) or fall out of alignment. 

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Sciatica

This is a very uncomfortable condition and can cause weakness, tingling and burning in your legs.

Our doctors will use imaging studies to confirm that a herniated disc is causing your sciatica. Depending on the size of the herniation and its location, our doctors will design a personalized treatment plan for you. Learn more about spine treatments.

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Herniated discs

Your spine is a series of 33 bony vertebrae. Cushioned between each one is a disc. The outer membrane can weaken and bulge outward, known as a herniation. This can put pressure on the delicate nerves that run up and down the spinal column.

Our spinal team will use imaging studies to confirm a diagnosis of herniated discs. Your doctor will listen carefully to how you describe your pain and if it worsens with certain activities. Based on this, your doctor will recommend treatment. See more about spine treatments.

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Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis occurs when two or more of the bony vertebrate that enclose the spinal column are pushed out of alignment. These vertebrae put pressure on the delicate nerves that run up and down and around the spinal column. This can cause pain, pressure, tingling and/or weakness in the back and legs.

Our spine doctors may try to treat your spondylolisthesis with nonsurgical options. However, if those don't relieve your pain, surgery may be recommended. Learn more about spine treatments.

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Compression fractures

Compression fractures occur when the vertebrae, bony enclosures that stabilize the spinal column, break or fracture. This can occur quickly and may feel like sudden, severe back pain. Compression fractures can also happen without any major injury and begin with back pain that worsens over time.

Our spine doctors will listen carefully to your symptoms to determine the nature of your compression fractures. They will also order imaging studies like X-rays or MRIs to see your spine.  Then, based on all of the information, they will design a personalized treatment plan for you. See more about spine treatments.

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