Back, Neck, and Spine Pain

Back pain, neck pain, and spine pain can seriously and adversely affect your quality of life. At UT Southwestern Medical Center, our goal is to provide the best treatments available to help you regain movement and return to the activities you enjoy without debilitating back and neck pain.

UT Southwestern physicians have the experience and expertise to accurately diagnose the cause of back or neck pain and to treat the full range of back, neck, and spine conditions. 

Back pain, neck pain, and spine conditions that we treat include:

  • Acute back and neck disorders
  • Cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), and lumbar (low-back) chronic pain
  • Adult scoliosis, either a lateral or side-to-side curvature of the spine
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Failed surgeries
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Pinched nerve (radiculopathy)

We also treat inflammatory and degenerative back, neck, and spine conditions, including herniated discs, degenerative discs, spinal stenosis, osteoporosis, sciatica, and arthritis.

Why Choose UT Southwestern?

At UT Southwestern, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treating back, neck, and spine pain. This ensures that you get the best, most targeted treatment to relieve your pain and return you to your active lifestyle.

Our surgeons are leaders in the field of spine surgery, pioneering treatments related to artificial disc implants and conducting research that leads to better treatments for our patients. We offer cutting-edge treatments and the latest technology to ensure that you receive the best possible results.

Symptoms

You should consult a doctor when you have spine, neck, or back pain symptoms that:

  • Persist for weeks
  • Don’t respond to pain medication
  • Prevent you from accomplishing your daily activities

Diagnosis

Diagnosing the exact cause of back and neck pain can be difficult due to the complex nature of the spine itself. Our doctors are experts at finding the root cause of pain and prescribing treatments targeting that pain.

Our first step is to talk with each patient, gather a complete medical history, and conduct a physical exam of the spine. Many times, additional diagnostic tests including X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and bone scans are used to diagnose back, neck, and spine conditions.  

Treatments

We offer a multidisciplinary approach to treating back, neck, and spine pain. Our team is made up of physicians, orthopaedic and neurological surgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, and radiologists who work together to create individualized treatment plans that account for a patient’s back or neck problem and lifestyle.

For most patients, nonoperative treatments and lifestyle changes can improve back and neck pain.

Nonsurgical Treatments

We offer advanced nonsurgical treatments to effectively treat the cause of back or neck pain. Conservative treatments include:

  • Anti-inflammatory pain medication
  • Physical rehabilitation and therapy to strengthen the muscles in the back and neck
  • Injections including epidural steroid injections, cortisone facet injections, and nerve root blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation in which low-level electrical signals are administered to the spine to prevent pain signals from reaching the brain

Surgical Treatments

When surgery is needed, we offer the latest advancements in treating back, neck, and spine pain.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Our doctors use tiny cameras inserted through small incisions to view the spine. Small surgical tools are used to treat the affected area without disturbing surrounding tissues and bones. This results in faster recovery and less pain than traditional open surgery.
Artificial Disc Replacement
This technique is sometimes used for patients with chronic low back pain. In this surgery, the cushioning between vertebrae is replaced with an artificial disc implant that allows for more flexibility or movement of the back. At UTSW, we offer this procedure as a minimally invasive surgery.
Spinal Fusion Surgery
When we can accurately pinpoint the vertebrae that are causing your back and neck pain, spinal fusion surgery is used to fuse the vertebrae bones into one single bone to help them heal.

Following surgery, we offer outstanding rehabilitative therapy to help you achieve the best possible long-term results. Our rehabilitation team includes nurses, neuropsychologists, psychologists, and occupational, physical, and recreational therapists.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a sports medicine specialist at UT Southwestern or to learn more about our services, please fill out the Appointment Request form or call 214-645-8300.

Doctors Specializing in Back, Neck, and Spine Pain