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What is Back and Neck Pain?

Treating conditions of the spine takes a team of physicians with a wide range of specialties and expertise. Our experts in Anesthesiology, NeurosurgeryOrthopaedics, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are leaders in treating back and neck pain. UR Medicine offers a multidisciplinary approach to pain treatment, so you will have a complete team of pain experts working for you.

Back or neck pain is a common problem. It can be caused by injuries from sports or a fall; wear and tear from day-to-day activities over the years; aging and degeneration of bones, joints and ligaments; or even from an infection or illness. Physicians who treat back and neck pain are called spine specialists.

Some of the conditions that cause pain in these areas include:


UR Medicine's Treatments for Back & Neck Pain

You can seek care for back or neck pain from your primary care provider, orthopaedic urgent care, or via on-demand video visits. Your physician may use a combination of physical exams, diagnostic tests, and imaging to determine the cause of your back and/or neck pain. Depending on your diagnosis, your provider may refer you to UR Medicine specialists. 

Treating conditions of the spine takes a team of physicians with a wide range of specialties and expertise, including Anesthesiologists, Neurosurgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation providers.

Spine Center

The UR Medicine Spine Center offers multidisciplinary and comprehensive world class care for spine disorders, injuries, and disease. Our team of over 30 spine providers consists of Internationally and nationally recognized experts who provide interventional procedures, surgical spine management, spine specialized physical therapy, and pain psychologists that function in a multidisciplinary and coordinated care model tailored to your specific needs. We are the only spine management program in the region offering on-site spine x-rays, MRI, CT scans, nerve testing, active exercise-focused spine physical rehabilitation, x-ray guided interventional spine procedures, chronic pain management procedures, pain psychology, and minimally invasive and the most complex spine surgeries. Our approach is to accurately diagnose the reasons for your spine pain and subsequently create an evidence based comprehensive treatment program that addresses every component of your spine condition with the goal of long-term relief and return to an active lifestyle. Our state-of-the-art facilities are housed at the brand new Orthopaedics and Physical Performance Center at Marketplace. Access is a high priority and we can typically provide an appointment with a spine specialist within one week.

Pain Management

The UR Medicine Pain Treatment Center and Neuromedicine Pain Management include a complete team of pain experts if regular medicines and physical therapy do not remove your pain. You customized treatment program may include:

  • Nerve block: An injection in your spine that blocks the function of specific nerves that are causing your pain, much like an epidural used for women in labor.
  • EMG-guided botulinum injections: The botulinum toxin blocks neurotransmitter messages between your nerves and muscles. This reduces and eliminates muscle spasms. We are studying the use of botulinum toxins to prevent back and neck pain.
  • Spinal cord stimulator: A wire electrode is implanted along your spine. Electrical energy is sent into your spinal cord from a stimulation unit. This short-circuits the pain signal that goes from your spinal cord to your brain. It is often used to treat sciatica.
  • Pain pump: In cases of hard-to-control pain, your neurosurgeon may implant a pump that delivers pain medicine, such as morphine and anesthetics, to the space around your spinal cord. Pain pumps are used to treat conditions such as chronic pain from scar tissue, axial somatic pain and muscle spasticity from multiple sclerosis.
  • Psychological services: Behavioral and cognitive therapies with our clinical psychologists include bio-feedback, hypnosis, and relaxation therapy. This is an integral part of pain management because chronic pain is a disabling disease and affects the person as a whole.


If your physician recommends surgery to treat your back or neck pain, our neurosurgeons and orthopaedic spine surgeons are experts and innovators in the latest minimally invasive procedures. 

UR Medicine surgeons offer every type of spine surgery needed, including:

  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)
  • Cervical laminectomy with discectomy
  • Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion
  • Cervical decompression with and without fusion
  • Thoracic spine surgeries
  • Lumbar laminectomies, foraminotomies, decompression and fusion procedures

For patients who need rehabilitation, we also run the Active Spine Program to help you regain your ability to move safely with less pain. Our specialists in the program work closely with your spine physicians as part of your medical team. You, your doctor, and your therapists will work together to develop a care plan that works with your doctor's treatment.

What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine spine care provides nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeons, physical medicine specialists (physiatrists), neurosurgeons, neurologists, physical therapists, rehabilitation experts, and neuro-pain management providers. 

Our team has the longest history of treating conditions of the spine in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. Our program continues to grow; tens of thousands of patients work with our spine care team every year.

And because we’re an academic medical center, our involvement in research and education means our patients get access to clinically effective treatments that use the newest technologies, including computer-guided surgery, minimal incision surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and physical therapy and rehabilitation.


Our care team is here for you. Find a UR Medicine expert and get care now.

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26 locations

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building D
4901 Lac De Ville Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14618

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Greece

South Pointe Landing
10 South Pointe Landing
Rochester, NY 14626

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Interventional Spine - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building D
4901 Lac De Ville Boulevard, Suite 220
Rochester, NY 14618

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Penfield

Platinum Office Complex
2064 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road
Penfield, NY 14526

Neurosurgery - Brighton

2180 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

Neurosurgery - Rochester

Parnall Office Building at Rochester General Hospital
1445 Portland Avenue, Suite 305
Rochester, NY 14621

Neurosurgery - Big Flats

84 Canal Street, Suite 8
Big Flats, NY 14814

Neurosurgery - Canandaigua

Thompson Professional Building
395 West Street, Suite 007
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Neurosurgery - Dansville

Noyes Memorial Hospital
111 Clara Barton Street, Suite 178A
Dansville, NY 14437

Neurosurgery - Clifton Springs

Clifton Springs Professional Park
200 Clifton Springs Professional Park
Clifton Springs, NY 14432

Neurosurgery - Greece

South Pointe Landing
10 South Pointe Landing
Rochester, NY 14606

Neurosurgery - Hornell

St. James Medical Office Building
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 102
Hornell, NY 14843

Neurosurgery - Ithaca

905 Hanshaw Road, Suite A
Ithaca, NY 14850

Neuromedicine Pain Management - Canandaigua

Marilyn Sands Outpatient Clinic
395 West Street, Door 20
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Neuromedicine Pain Management - Clifton Springs

200 Clifton Springs Professional Park
Clifton Springs, NY 14432

Pain Management - Hornell

St. James Medical Office Building
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 102
Hornell, NY 14843 

Pain Management - Wellsville

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main Street
Wellsville, NY 14895-0072

Pain Management - Dansville

Noyes Memorial Hospital
111 Clara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Pain Management - Geneseo

Noyes Health Services
50 East South Street, Suite A
Geneseo, NY 14454

Pain Treatment Center - Brighton

Surgery Center at Sawgrass
180 Sawgrass Drive, Suite 210
Rochester, NY 14620

Neurosurgery - Greece

60 Greece Center Drive
Rochester, NY 14612

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