Stop Back Pain and Neck Pain from Stopping You

Spine Care

If you have low back pain caused by a herniated disc or neck pain caused by radiculopathy—or any other type of back or neck problem—our back doctors provide world-class care — right at home. With six clinics throughout central Pennsylvania, our spine specialists can evaluate your back pain or neck pain, order imaging tests, and provide nonsurgical treatment without requiring you to drive very far. And, if you need surgery, you can get it at the new Brain and Spine Center at Penn Highlands DuBois, with all your pre- and post-surgery care provided in the clinic closest to you.

Expert Care for Back Pain

For many years, residents of Central Pennsylvania have had to drive hours to obtain expert care for their back pain, neck pain, or spine condition. Now, Penn Highlands offers expert spine care close to you. Our back doctors are neurosurgeons who have had extensive training and experience in treating all types of spine and nerve problems, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease and more. They also treat scoliosis and other congenital spine conditions as well as spine tumors and spine fractures.

Here are five good reasons you should consider Penn Highlands if you have back pain, neck pain, or a spine condition:

1. Diagnosis and treatment provided by world-class neurosurgeons recently relocated from leading Pittsburgh health systems

2. Nonsurgical treatment for most spine problems

3. Non-opioid pain relief procedures

4. Six clinics throughout central Pennsylvania where most of your care can be provided to avoid driving far distances

5. Penn Highlands new Brain and Spine Center dedicated to spine surgery, including specially trained nurses, surgical technicians, and rehabilitation

We can see most patients within a week!
Call today to make an appointment at the clinic nearest you: 814-503-4433.

Should I See a Doctor for My Back Pain?

Nearly one in five Americans sees a doctor every year for back pain or neck pain. The good news is that 85 percent of spine patients can be helped without surgery. If you have back pain or neck pain that has lasted longer than a few weeks, is increasing over time, or prevents you from working, you should start by seeing your primary care physician or you can go directly to one of our spine doctors.

You don’t have to worry that you’ll be rushed to spine surgery if you don’t need it. Our back doctors start by obtaining a thorough health history to learn when your problems started, when you experience pain, and other key factors about your spine problem. They will do a physical examination, including moving your arms, legs, and torso into certain positions that help reveal problems. From there, they most likely will obtain an imaging test, usually a set of X-rays or an MRI scan, to provide a diagnosis of your spine condition.

In most cases, your spine care will start with conservative treatment. That care may include physical therapy to help strengthen the problem area and relieve your back pain or neck pain. Your back doctor also may recommend over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as acetaminophen or naproxen, prescription pain killers for very short periods of time, or steroid injections. You also may be a good candidate for a procedure to relieve your back pain or neck pain. These can include procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation or spinal cord stimulation, that prevent nerves from transmitting back pain or neck pain signals to the brain.

Emergency Spine Conditions

If your spine problem is causing severe and immediate problems, you may require spine surgery immediately. Symptoms of a serious spine condition that need immediate treatment are extreme pain, loss of bladder or bowel control, loss of sensation in your fingers or toes, or weakness in any part of your body. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should go to the closest emergency room.

Find your closest Penn Highlands emergency care location.

Spine Fractures and Spine Tumors

Structural spine conditions caused by an accident, arthritis or aging are the most common conditions treated by back doctors. But our spine neurosurgeons treat a wide variety of spine conditions including scoliosis and other congenital spine deformities, spine fractures caused by accidents or aging, and spine tumors that can be cancerous or benign.

Spine Care at Penn Highlands

All 6 of our centers in Clarion, DuBois, Greensburg, Indiana, St. Marys and Sate College provide comprehensive spine care, including diagnosis, non-surgical treatments, and pre- and post-surgical care. All spine surgery is performed at the new Brain and Spine Center at Penn Highlands DuBois. Call one number to schedule an appointment at any of these clinics: 814-503-4433.

We diagnose and treat all types of spine conditions. Click here for a more in-depth look at spine conditions.

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Conditions We Treat

Acute and Chronic Back Pain
Bulging Discs
Congenital Spine Conditions
Degenerative Disc Disease
Herniated Discs
Neck Pain
Pinched Nerves
Slipped Discs (spondylolisthesis)
Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of spinal column)
Spine Infections
Spine Tumors (benign and malignant)