Back and Neck Pain
The OHSU Spine Center offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment options for back and neck pain. Our team includes experts in pain management, rehabilitation, orthopaedics and surgery who will tailor a plan to your needs.
- Discography: This test uses a needle guided by a type of X-ray to identify the spinal disc causing pain.
- Electromyography: A doctor places tiny needles in muscles to measure electrical activity. This can help diagnose the cause of arm or leg pain, numbness or other symptoms.
- Nerve conduction studies: Measure how quickly electrical signals travel along your nerves.
Many causes of back and neck pain can be treated without surgery, an approach the OHSU Spine Center favors whenever possible.
- Bracing: A brace can be the answer for sprains, strains and fractures.
- Medication: Doctors can prescribe medications to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Physical therapy: A physical therapist can offer treatments and exercise programs to treat back and leg pain.
Minimally invasive treatments
- Epidural steroid injections: Injections can treat pain caused by pressure on spinal nerves.
- Intradiscal electrothermal therapy: The doctor uses a needle and catheter to provide heat that relieves the pain caused by spinal disc degeneration or lower-back disc problems.
- Kyphoplasty: Plastic cement is placed in a vertebra (spinal bone) using a needle and balloon device. The procedure can stabilize the spine and reduce pain.
- Radiofrequency facet denervation: This outpatient procedure involves using a needle to end a spinal nerve's ability to send pain signals.
- Artificial disc replacement: A damaged or diseased disc is replaced with a prosthetic one.
- Laminotomy/laminectomy: This surgical procedure removes part of a spinal bone called the lamina to relieve pressure on nerves or the spinal cord.
- Spinal cord stimulation: Tiny wires are placed near spinal nerves and connected to a small device that sends mild electrical pulses to reduce pain.