Whenever possible, UT Southwestern Spine Center doctors will put a preference on nonsurgical care for patients suffering from all types of back, neck, and spine conditions.
Our compassionate, multidisciplinary team delivers nonsurgical services that include:
- Spine imaging, including diagnostic imaging
- Electrodiagnostic testing to measure the electrical activity of muscles and nerves in the spine and extremities
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Spine rehabilitation
- Medication management
- Patient education
The Spine Center also offers a variety of nonsurgical interventional procedures, including diagnostic and therapeutic injections and minimally invasive surgery.
Our caring, board-certified pain management physicians first conduct a thorough evaluation of each patient’s spine and musculoskeletal system to determine the nature of the problem, pinpoint the source of pain, and recommend a patient-specific course of treatment.
Matching each patient to the appropriate treatment, we offer a variety of proven, nonsurgical procedures to diagnose and treat pain associated with conditions of the spine and musculoskeletal system.
These interventional procedures include:
- Diagnostic and therapeutic injections of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Highly precise, fluoroscope-guided injections are used to diagnose and reduce the pain of spine conditions.
- Epidural steroid injections
- Facet joint injections (“facet blocks”)
- Selective nerve root blocks
- Sacroiliac joint injections
- Rhizotomy – A minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency ablation to destroy targeted spinal-cord nerves to the facet joints to relieve back and neck pain
- Vertebroplasty – A minimally invasive procedure in which biomedical cement is injected into the fractured vertebrae to reduce micromotion – often used to treat osteoporotic and tumor-related fractures
- Kyphoplasty – A minimally invasive procedure that uses a balloon to create a cavity in the bone in which to place biomedical cement to reduce micromotion
- Spinal cord stimulator trial – A minimally invasive procedure in which a spinal cord stimulator is implanted temporarily. It’s used to treat patients with chronic limb and/or neuropathic pain.
- Joint and soft-tissue injections – Used to treat the pain of musculoskeletal conditions that can be associated with (or mistaken for) spine problems. These can include hip and shoulder pain and conditions such as bursitis.
The Spine Center’s many nonsurgical treatments enable us to diagnose and treat patients with a broad spectrum of operative and nonoperative spinal conditions.
Your doctor can help you determine which nonsurgical spine services might be appropriate for you and your condition.
Meet Our Experts
UT Southwestern Spine Center physicians who offer nonsurgical services include:
Learn more about the Spine Center team.