Back and neck pain account for up to 30 to 40% of visits to primary care doctors. The symptom of back or neck pain can be caused by myriad etiologies. The pain may be due to something as simple as a muscle strain. However, it may be a more complicated issue such as advanced arthritis, spinal instability, disk herniation, or a tumor. An appropriate, thorough investigation of the back and neck pain is necessary to define the underlying cause.
Once a situation requiring neurosurgical evaluation is discovered, the spine team at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery is capable of providing top-notch surgical and non-surgical treatment of disorders of the spine. The staff at the medical center has extensive experience and knowledge in the treatment of complex cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal diseases. A thorough and appropriate investigation of the nature of the symptoms and causes of pathology is necessary to provide an optimal focused yet complete plan of care. The staff will evaluate the patient thoroughly and, after discussion with the patient, arrive at an appropriate and agreeable course of management. At times, this may include therapeutic and pain management alternatives. In other circumstances, this may be a recommendation for surgical treatment.
Surgery of the spine is at times a complicated issue. Not all back and neck pain is best treated with surgery. The staff at the medical center understand the alternatives to surgery as well as the risks and benefits of surgical intervention. Working with the combined team of pain management specialists, physical therapists, and surgeons allows for optimal individualized patient care. This team has been assembled at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to provide each patient with the best appropriate course of treatment based on his or her individual situation.