Low Back and Neck Pain Causes and Treatment

Back and neck pain can interfere with your daily activities and reduce your quality of life. Depending on the condition causing your pain, there may be effective treatment options that do not require surgery. Saman Shabani, MD, neurosurgeon, talks about the common causes of back and neck pain. Dr. Shabani also talks about the spine conditions treated by the Froedtert & MCW SpineCare team and how our multidisciplinary team works together to treat your back and neck pain.

Common Causes of Low Back and Neck Pain

Some of the most common causes of low back and neck pain are:

  • Arthritis of the spine — such as a reaching, restraining or overusing it
  • Trauma or involvement in an accident or injuries
  • Spinal column tumor
  • Spinal cord tumor
  • Deformity of the neck or low back
  • Infection

Back and Neck Issues We Treat

We treat the most common to the most complex spinal disorders, including:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Disc herniation
  • Deformity of neck or lower back
  • Infection
  • Spinal column tumor
  • Spinal cord tumor
  • Trauma

Why Receive Treatment From Our SpineCare Program

When somebody receives care in an academic health care center, they receive the multidisciplinary approach. Because when somebody has neck or low back pain, we start treatment from the least invasive to the most invasive. The least invasive is the nonoperative management, such as physical therapy — working with our physical and medicine rehab team. And, if it's needed, we consider surgical approaches provided by a neurosurgeon or spinal surgeon. 

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