Spine and Spinal Cord Disorders

When your back hurts, it's hard to think about anything else. Sometimes even the slightest move can bring on excruciating pain. It's time to find relief.

The UI Health Spine Center offers the latest technology and most advanced therapies available to diagnose and treat back pain and spinal disorders. We have a proven record of successfully treating back and spine conditions when others said there was "nothing else to be done." Our team of spine surgeons is among the best in Chicago and is dedicated to relieving your pain by delivering superb, compassionate care.

Comprehensive Spine Care and Back Pain Treatment

The UI Health Spine Center offers evaluation and treatment for a wide range of back and spinal cord problems, including:

Lower back pain: Our neurosurgeons have access to the latest diagnostic techniques to pinpoint the cause of lower back pain. If conservative treatment isn't appropriate or helpful, surgical treatment options include endoscopic and minimally invasive procedures, nonfusion surgical techniques, spinal revision to correct prior back surgeries, and surgery for chronic pain syndrome and failed back syndrome.

Herniated discs: A herniated disc occurs when one of the round, flat discs that sit between your vertebrae ruptures and pushes out into the spinal canal. There, it presses against spinal nerves, causing pain. Herniated discs frequently occur in the lower back or sometimes the neck (cervical spine). Nonsurgical treatment may consist of physical therapy, epidural steroid injection, electrical muscle stimulation, and pain medication. If surgery is needed, we offer a number of advanced treatment options.

Scoliosis: An abnormal curvature of the spine, scoliosis is most often diagnosed early in life. In children, it can be managed with bracing and surgery. Adults may require more complicated spinal fusion with rod insertion and bone grafting.

Spinal fractures: Our neurosurgeons have expertise in evaluating and treating all types of fractures of the spine, including those caused by trauma and those caused by bone loss (osteoporosis).