Back and Neck Pain Helpful Information

Symptoms and Causes

Back and neck pain can range from a mild, dull, annoying ache to persistent, severe, disabling pain. It can interfere with normal functioning and your quality of life. Spine pain can come on suddenly and chronic pain lasts for weeks, months or even years. If you are suffering, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with a spine specialist.

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Back and Neck Pain Assessment

Back and neck pain can affect all areas of your life – from responsibilities at home to your job, from self-care to the hobbies you enjoy. Take a three-minute assessment and receive tailored recommendations, prevention strategies and education to help you better understand the cause of your symptoms.

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Spine Surgery

Most people who have back pain or neck pain will not need surgery. Your spine specialist might recommend surgery if your problem has not gotten better with other nonoperative treatments, such as medicine or physical therapy. If you still have significant pain, surgery on your spine might fix the problem. Treatment options range and it is important to talk to your physician to determine what is appropriate for you.

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Jacob Buchowski, MD
Ian Dorward, MD
Matthew Goodwin, MD
Deeptee Jain, MD
Camilo Molina, MD
Brenton Pennicooke, MD
Wilson (Zach) Ray, MD
Paul Santiago, MD

Spine Conditions We Treat

  • Back pain
  • Degenerative back and neck disorders
  • Herniated, ruptured, bulging, or slipped discs
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve compression associated with low back pain
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

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It is normal to have a lot of questions when considering surgery. Your doctor and surgical care team are committed to your safety every step of the way. The doctors and staff at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish developed this guide to help the patient and their caregiver prepare and know what to expect before, during and after. If you and your physician decide spine surgery will get you back to living a healthy and active life, you can download the Spine Journey Guide.

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