Most spine problems are treated without surgery. Doctors who specialize in rehabilitation medicine and pain medicine work together with physical therapists to provide nonsurgical treatment options to restore function and hope.
Why Choose Us
Treating Back & Neck Pain Without Spine Surgery
At NewYork-Presbyterian Och Spine, we treat more people with spine conditions than any other healthcare provider in New York state.* Our spine doctors rank among the world’s top spine specialists for adults and children.
Our nonsurgical spine care team includes doctors specialized in rehabilitation and pain medicine. They are experts in the treatment of all types of spine conditions. They work together to create a personalized care plan focusing on options that may include physical therapy, non-opioid medications, or nonsurgical interventional spine procedures.
This collaborative approach, combined with our specialized expertise and the volume of spine cases we treat, has led our team to routinely diagnose and treat complex spine cases that were previously unsolved elsewhere.
*according the most recent Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) data from the New York State Department of Health.
Our Approach to Care
Explore Our Non-Surgical Spine Treatment Options
During your first visit, our NewYork-Presbyterian Och Spine specialists will conduct a complete evaluation and medical history. We may order advanced diagnostic imaging approaches to understand the underlying cause of your pain and accurately diagnose your condition.
Our multidisciplinary teams include physical therapists, rehabilitation medicine doctors, pain management physicians, neurologists, and other experts who specialize in spine care. This allows us to consider all aspects of the complex spine and nervous system, and enables our team to create an individualized treatment plan to address your specific needs and goals.
Your doctor may recommend non-surgical spine treatments such as:
A first choice for many neck and spine patients, physical therapy allows you to better understand the spine’s movements and function. This knowledge can help you learn more about why you are experiencing discomfort and how the therapy you receive can bring you relief. Guided by our expertise, patients learn to increase muscle strength, movement, flexibility, and endurance. Much more than just exercise, physical therapy teaches good spine health and practices which help relieve pain.
Back and neck pain management
Pain can be debilitating, and we understand the importance of regaining your health and lifestyle. Treatments for pain relief include medication, injections, nerve blocks, and other interventional procedures. We respect all patient choices when considering pain management options. If you’re interested in other support services, such as mind-body techniques or acupuncture, we can coordinate your care with the NewYork-Presbyterian Integrative Health and Wellbeing Program.
Muscle pain treatment
Our specialists offer comprehensive evaluation and the latest treatments for muscle pain, including medications such as low-dose naltrexone and ketamine, laser treatment for pain, shockwave therapy for rehabilitation, and muscle stimulation.
Cervical spine traction
Physical therapists may use a technique called spinal traction to relieve pressure on the cervical spine and reduce neck discomfort.
Non-surgical treatments for scoliosis
Surgery isn’t always required to correct a curved spine due to scoliosis. Non-invasive back pain treatment may include bracing, physical therapy, and exercise. Some of our physical therapists are specifically trained in the Schroth Method, which is an option for scoliosis and other spinal deformities.
Dedicated, Personalized Spine Care
NewYork-Presbyterian Och Spine is backed by Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medicine physicians, including many of the world’s top spine doctors. Practicing conservative care with nonsurgical spine treatments, these multidisciplinary teams successfully help adults and children struggling with neck and back pain.
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