Back and neck conditions are some of the most common causes of pain and disability in the United States. Neck and back pain can be recurring and incredibly distracting, preventing people from performing and enjoying everyday tasks and activities.
But that’s not the way it has to be. The spine experts at the NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute help you minimize back pain and return to a full, healthy life as quickly as possible. Our physicians treat pros from the area’s football, soccer, and other professional sports teams, as well as collegiate and high school athletes. NorthShore is a designated Blue Distinction® Center from Blue Cross and Blue Shield for its spine program. The award, based on nationally consistent criteria, recognizes several areas of quality, including treatment expertise, the number of procedures performed every year and patient outcomes. The spine program is also recognized as one of United Health Care Centers of Excellence.
Our elite team of physicians offers a variety of options to help patients of all ages, including children, dealing with back, neck and spine pain. Our NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute spine experts are available at a location convenient to you, with offices in downtown Chicago and throughout the North Shore.
Our spine specialists take a collaborative, conservative approach to back pain treatment. With a holistic approach toward our patients, we consider each patient’s ability to manage pain, which can vary from individual to individual and is often impacted by anxiety or depression. Moreover stress or fear associated with pain, such as how it affects day-to-day functioning or mobility, also influences a patient’s pain, overall psyche and attitude toward treatment options.
We offer a variety of back pain treatment options ranging from minimally invasive back surgery to advanced surgical procedures. We strive to use non-surgical back pain treatment options whenever possible.
Spine and Back Pain Treatment Options
We begin back pain treatment as conservatively as possible, exploring non-surgical options where appropriate, including physical therapy and pain management.
However, for many patients with back pain, back surgery may be necessary—either at the outset of treatment or after our team of fellowship-trained, knowledgeable experts has prescribed conservative back pain treatment options. NorthShore has one of the most experienced, specialized surgical teams in the region.
Our experts are at the forefront of spine surgery techniques and procedures. This renowned group has the knowledge and experience to safely, effectively perform even the most advanced surgical procedures, including minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Our surgery team employs the latest technologies in back surgery to allow for precise accuracy and shorter procedures, improving outcomes and recovery time. Your surgeon will help you determine which of these options are best for you. These may include:
Minimally Invasive, Image Guided Back Surgery
Minimally invasive back surgery achieves the same results as traditional operations on the spine, but is performed using much smaller incisions with little or no cutting of muscle. Specially designed instruments are inserted through keyhole-sized incisions. With the aid of endoscopes (small cameras), the surgeon can see deep inside the spine without removing the muscle that covers it, often resulting in less pain, scarring and blood loss, as well as quicker recovery times compared to traditional back pain surgery treatments.
Computer-Aided Navigation Technology
With the use of image-guided back surgery, surgeons have better visualization of a patient’s spine. Prior to surgery, images of the spine are taken with a CT scan or MRI and converted to 3-D images, which can then be compared with real-time images during surgery. This surgery is minimally invasive and allows for great precision and accuracy, resulting in overall better outcomes.