Spine Care at Penn Highlands

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 clinics throughout Northwestern/Central and Southwestern 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

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. Clinics throughout Northwestern/Central and Southwestern 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

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Bejjani, Ghassan, MD
Specialties

Neurosurgery

Locations

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - DuBoisA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - GreensburgA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - HuntingdonA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

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Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - MonongahelaA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - St. MarysA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Chowdhry, Zafar, MD
Specialties

Neurosurgery

Locations

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - DuBoisA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - GreensburgA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - HuntingdonA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - IndianaA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Krugger, Renee, PA-C
Specialties

Neurosurgery

Locations

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - DuBoisA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - GreensburgA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - MonongahelaA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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McGravey, Stephanie, PA-C
Specialties

Neurosurgery

Locations

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - DuBoisA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - GreensburgA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - IndianaA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - St. MarysA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Sasala, Laura, PA-C
Specialties

Neurosurgery

Locations

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - DuBoisA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - GreensburgA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - HuntingdonA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - MonongahelaA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


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Slaughter, Matthew, PA-C
Specialties

Neurosurgery

Locations

Penn Highlands Neurosurgery - MonongahelaA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois


We can see most patients within a week.

Schedule an appointment by calling 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.

Emergency Care at Penn Highlands
Emergency Department - Brookville

Located on the second floor of Penn Highlands Brookville, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

100 Hospital Road
Brookville, PA 15825
814-849-1406

Emergency Department - Clearfield

Located on the first floor of Penn Highlands Clearfield, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

809 Turnpike Avenue
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-768-2470

Emergency Department - DuBois

Located on the first floor of Penn Highlands DuBois, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

100 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-3470

Emergency Department - Huntingdon
Located on the first floor of Penn Highlands Huntingdon, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

1225 Warm Springs Avenue
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814-643-2290

Emergency Department - Mon Valley

Located on the first floor of Penn Highlands Mon Vally, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

1163 Country Club Road
Monongahela, PA 15063

Emergency Department- Elk

Located on the first floor of Penn Highlands Elk, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

763 Johnsonburg Road
St. Marys, PA 15857
814-788-8595

Emergency Department- Tyrone

Located on the first floor of Penn Highlands Tyrone, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

187 Hospital Drive
Tyrone, PA 16686
814-684-1255

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 our clincs 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.

Conditions We Treat

  • Acute and Chronic Back Pain
  • Bulging Discs
  • Congenital Spine Conditions
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Discs
  • Neck Pain
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Slipped Discs (spondylolisthesis)
  • Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of spinal column)
  • Spine Fractures
  • Spine Infections
  • Spine Tumors (benign and malignant)

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