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Spine care

Comprehensive care for back and neck pain

Most adults experience back pain at least once in their lives. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. Nearly all back and neck pain is caused by conditions that can be improved through a program of proper treatment.

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Spine care at Allina Health

Our comprehensive spine care is staffed by a team of health care professionals with expertise and advanced training in spine care. Our team evaluates, diagnoses and treats a range of spine conditions. We make evidence-based recommendations on how best to treat your pain and provide the right service at the right time.

During your visit

Our spine experts conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your condition, then work closely with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Whenever possible, the goal is a conservative (nonsurgical) treatment to manage your spine health. If a surgery consult or referral to one of our Allina Health partners is needed, our staff will work to coordinate your care.

In addition to your primary care provider, your care journey may also include the following team of experts:

  • A physical therapist works with exercise and manual methods to improve your ability to move and function. 
  • MedX therapy isolates, safely tests and strengthens the muscles in your low back and neck.
  • A spine rehabilitation physician is a primary care doctor with advanced training in caring for people with low back and neck pain.
  • A doctor of chiropractic uses a hands-on approach to health care that focuses on how bone, joint and nerve problems affect general health.
  • Acupuncture, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine, stimulates the body's natural healing mechanisms and promotes well-being.
  • A physiatrist is a doctor with specialized training and board-certification in physical medicine and rehabilitation who will direct your spine care.
  • Interventional spine procedures are offered at multiple locations.
  • Spine surgery can correct the vertebrae (bones) or the disks (soft cushions) in the spine. This includes the neck, middle and lower back.

What we believe

We believe the best treatment approach to back and neck pain is one that is balanced and looks at the cause and effect of your condition as it relates to your whole self, not just your spine.  

Conditions treated

 Back and neck pain may come from a number of sources, such as a muscle strain, ligament injury, disc problem or bone problem. Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • acute (severe, short-term) back or neck pain
  • chronic (long-lasting, persistent) back or neck pain
  • recurring flare-ups of back or neck pain
  • neck or back pain associated with numbness or tingling involving your arms or legs
  • pain that has not been helped with standard pain treatments
  • sciatica
  • stenosis
  • spondylolisthesis
  • spondylolysis
  • disc degeneration
  • herniated discs
  • nerve root injuries
  • arthritis

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Source: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Reviewed by: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

First published: 10/1/2018
Last reviewed: 10/1/2018