Almost everyone experiences back or neck pain at some point. Your specific symptoms depend on the cause, location, and severity of the problem.
Back or neck pain may cause:
Conditions that may cause back and neck pain include:
When you’re in pain, it’s hard to focus on anything else. At AHN’s Spine Center, you’ll get a prompt appointment with one of our specialists. Our physicians first ask you about your medical history and perform a physical examination, checking your flexibility, walking abilities, and muscle strength and reflexes. This evaluation helps us determine the source and cause of your symptoms.
A physical examination may be enough for physicians to recommend treatment options for you. Sometimes, physicians may perform imaging tests to learn more about what’s causing your back or neck symptoms:
Our care teams develop a course of treatment that’s unique to you. We consider multiple factors, such as your level of pain, abilities, age, and lifestyle, before determining which therapies will be most effective for you.
Our team aims to reduce your pain and improve your quality of life in the least invasive way. Your treatment plan may include:
We work with you to determine whether you may benefit from a nonsurgical treatment:
At AHN’s Spine Center, our neurosurgeons are pioneers in the use of groundbreaking, minimally invasive surgical techniques. We perform a range of corrective spine surgeries using only tiny incisions.
Advanced tools such as digital mapping, high-definition cameras, and endoscopes help ensure a precise, effective procedure. Minimally invasive surgery takes less time than a traditional spine surgery, and patients typically recover faster with less pain and little or no scarring.
Our highly trained neurosurgeons perform these minimally invasive procedures in AHN’s sophisticated operating suites. Learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive neurosurgery.
We also offer traditional spine surgery for patients who would benefit more from conventional surgical approaches. Learn more about our back and spine surgery options.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about AHN neuroscience services, call (724) 228-1414.
If you're an existing patient, you can also call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 in Pittsburgh or request an appointment with AHN neuroscience services.