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Back and Neck Pain

When other treatments fail to address back and neck pain, PinnacleHealth’s board-certified neurosurgeons use state-of-the-art diagnostics and surgical techniques to treat your back and neck pain.

If you are suffering from back or neck pain that has not responded to conservative treatments, you may be a candidate for neurosurgery. PinnacleHealth neurosurgeons are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions that cause back and neck pain.

We use state-of-the-art surgical techniques to treat causes of back and neck pain including:

  • Herniated/ruptured disk
  • Radicular leg and arm pain due to spinal stenosis
  • Myelopathy due to stenosis
  • Spondylosis, spondylolisthesis
  • Arnold chiari malformation, syringomyelia
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid leak

Finding the source of your back or neck pain may require a variety of diagnostic tests including:

Imaging Tests
  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • Myelogram
  • Bone Scan
Electrodiagnostic Testing
  • EMG/Nerve Conduction studies

Treatments for back and neck pain

PinnacleHealth neurosurgeons participate with the PinnacleHealth Spine Institute and have access to comprehensive services to assist you with pre and post surgical needs including physical therapy, education, an acute rehabilitation hospital care, home care and outpatient rehabilitation.

Advanced surgical treatments include:

  • Minimally Invasive Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Laminotomy/Discectomy/Foraminotomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar spinal fusion surgery - Cervical spinal fusion surgery and x-lift procedure
  • XLIF (lateral lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Disc replacement (surgical procedure in which a worn or damaged intervertebral disc is replaced by an artificial disc designed to allow continued motion of that part of the spine. This is felt to be superior to a standard fusion since it reduces the stress on the adjacent level discs with time and use of the spine.)
After a successful trial by a pain management specialist, our surgeons can also implant epidural spinal stimulators or intrathecal pain pumps for the surgical management of back and neck pain.

If painful spasticity is the problem, following an intrathecal baclofen trial by a rehabilitation specialist, a baclofen pump can be inserted by our neurosurgeons.