Relief Is Possible

SpineCare is an outpatient clinic built around you. Established in 1995, SpineCare was the first clinic of its type in the region, and we’re proud to be part of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, which is recognized for exceptional physicians, research leadership, specialty expertise and state-of-the-art treatments and technology.

Our goal is to meet your needs with a transdisciplinary team of back and neck experts all working together to give you one-stop-shop convenience. This “team-of-specialists” approach allows us to rapidly see patients with spine problems from the common to the most complex. 


Experts in Back and Neck Pain

SpineCare AdjustmentIn addition to some of the area’s leading neurological and orthopaedic surgeons, our staff includes well-regarded physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, neurologists, chiropractors, pain psychologists, spine-trained nurse practitioners and physician assistants as well as outstanding physical and occupational therapists. Learn more about the SpineCare team.

We help manage your health care costs by getting you just what you need, when you need it, by those best able to help. And, our emphasis on early intervention sets us apart from other programs. Our comprehensive, education-based approach can help you achieve an early, safe return to your routine activities and prevent long-term disability from back pain. 

At SpineCare, you are an important part of the care team. We value your input in helping choose the right treatment approach to help you meet your goals. Back and neck pain can be a passing annoyance or it can become a chronic, debilitating problem. 

Academic Medicine Advantage

One of the benefits of being part of the area’s only academic medical center is that we know what works based on clinical research. Your individualized treatment program is based on evidence.

Research proves that for many people, non-invasive approaches such as appropriate exercise, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), ice, and avoiding bedrest can often relieve back and neck pain. We start with the most conservative approaches first. Surgery is an option for some patients, but it’s rarely the first treatment choice. In fact, most of our patients get better without surgery.

Get a Second Opinion

Spine-related problems can be complex, with many treatment options. That’s why the diagnosis of a spine-related problem deserves a second opinion. If you’ve been diagnosed with a spine condition, especially one for which surgery has been recommended, you may benefit greatly from the Froedtert & MCW SpineCare Second Opinion Program.

To request a SpineCare second opinion, call 414-955-7199.

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Many physicians recommend that their patients seek a second opinion from the Froedtert & MCW SpineCare Program. A second opinion from our expert team of physicians can give you peace of mind to make the right decision. As part of an academic medical center, we have the resources, technology, expertise and compassion to accurately evaluate your diagnosis and effectively treat your disorder.

Our second opinion program gives you diagnostic and therapeutic options and a personalized treatment plan for achieving an optimal outcome. We attempt non-invasive treatment before recommending surgery, unless surgery is the only option. Learn more about our quality outcomes.

Our SpineCare Second Opinion Program follows this approach to care:

  • Coordination of treatments and services allows individuals a quicker return to work and lifestyle
  • Diagnostic examination, using all existing information from previous providers
  • Low surgical rates due to using a wide array of treatment strategies utilized before surgery is considered
  • Incorporation of latest evidence-based care and interventions into treatments
  • Market-leading surgical options, including minimally invasive techniques and robotics, for safer and more precise surgery customized to the patient

Helping Employers Prevent Back Injury

Back and neck pain is the most common source of workplace disability, impacting 16 million adults and causing 83 million lost work days in the U.S. annually.

For employers, SpineCare can help keep health care costs down by reducing the risk of costly, productivity-reducing chronic spine problems. Most patients complete the program without needing surgery, and 97 percent return to their regular work duties or with minimal modifications.

SpineCare Locations

We offer three locations — in Menomonee Falls, Mequon and Wauwatosa — to make it easy to schedule appointments and get the care you need. And, because of our expertise and focus on proven and innovative treatments, we help you achieve your goals quickly and safely, making SpineCare one of the most cost-effective health care options available. New patients should call 414-955-7199 to schedule at any of these locations. The fax number for all locations is 414-955-0110.

FAQ for Patients and Employers

  • Unless your pain is very severe, keep moving. You may continue daily activities such as showering and washing dishes, however, pace your activities. The presence of back pain doesn't necessarily mean you are harming yourself by moving. Brief periods of walking will generally reduce stiffness and soreness. Apply ice or heat for comfort, as needed. Check with your physician about seeking treatment.

  • Most back pain lasts for a limited time and goes away without special treatment. However, if you have weakness, pain going down your arm(s) or leg(s) and/or pain lasting for more than a few weeks, you should consult a doctor.

  • SpineCare is a transdisciplinary program incorporating various spine specialists, including spine surgeons, physiatrists, chiropractors, physical therapists and occupational therapists. All of the specialties work together “under one roof” in offering treatment options to address your symptoms.

  • The SpineCare representatives will ask you a series of questions. These questions will deal with your current symptoms and any treatment you might have received for your present condition. Our goal is to offer an appointment with the right specialist. If we determine SpineCare would not be right for you, we will direct you to a specialist we believe can offer you help.

  • Yes. If you are injured at work and currently working, our goal is to keep you working safely. If you are unable to work due to an injury, our goal is to help you to return to work as quickly and safely as possible.

  • Our chiropractors work with you to evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan using manual therapy, exercise and education to provide relief. Chiropractic care paired with an exercised based program has been shown to provide superior outcomes.

  • We at SpineCare believe the most important aspect of your recovery will be exercise. An exercise program should be designed for your individual needs. Regular participation in your exercise program will speed your recovery and improve your health. There is no treatment that can take the place of exercise. Research suggests that regular exercise may prevent back injuries from recurring.

SpineCare Quality and Outcomes

SpineCare, an outpatient clinic of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network, treats patients with neck and back pain. We emphasize early intervention and offer a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to spine care. Our goal is to encourage an early, safe return to your routine activities and workplace, and to help you prevent long-term disability from back and neck pain.

Our SpineCare team sees about 7,000 patients annually.

Superior Spine Condition Results

The bottom line is that our approach works. A majority of SpineCare patients continue in their daily activities to some extent during their treatment. We want to help you return to your routine activities as soon and as safely as possible, all while promoting function and helping prevent long-term disability. Getting help quickly for back and neck problems and learning proper self-help techniques are just two of the ways we work to prevent these problems from becoming chronic. Over the course of treatment, we continue to help our patients make the changes necessary to go about their daily lives safely and effectively.

Virtual Visits Available

Virtual visits help you get the care you need now without waiting for an in-person appointment. We'll assess your condition and develop a treatment plan right away. To schedule a virtual visit, call 414-955-7199.

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Recognized as High Performing by U.S. News & World Report

Froedtert Hospital is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as high performing in three adult specialties and 16 procedures and conditions, including back surgery (spinal fusion).