Back Pain

If you or a loved one suffers from back pain, you know how quickly it can affect your quality of life. Back pain can be caused by all sorts of issues and be very debilitating. If your pain lasts more than six weeks, it may be time to see a specialist. The back specialists at Nebraska Medicine will strive to eliminate your back pain using the very latest tools and techniques in pain treatment available anywhere.

Choose Nebraska Medicine for Back Pain Because We Offer:

Treatments for a wide variety of conditions

Signs of a spine or back problem include limping or a walking abnormality, instability, immobility, asymmetry of the shoulders, back pain that prevents a full night of sleep, neck/back pain, arm/leg pain, weakness, or arm/leg numbness and tingling. Our specialists provide comprehensive care for the treatment of new and chronic conditions of the spine including congenital, degenerative and traumatic conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

Some of the conditions we treat include; degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, trauma, neck fractures, osteoporosis fractures, spinal injections, sciatica, herniated discs, spinal deformity, kyphosis, spine fractures, osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease.

Treatments unique to you

After evaluating you, we could advise physical therapy or a procedure we can perform to relieve your pain. We may also consider medication or psychological care. Depression and anxiety are common in patients who have spent significant time in pain. Our goal is to connect you with the best possible way to get you relief.

Advanced tools and techniques

We offer an assortment of some of the most effective treatments available today. These include targeted steroid injections to reduce the inflammation that is causing your pain as well as corticosteroid injections. We also do a procedure called kyphoplasty to restore bone height and align the spine. Another option, radio frequency ablation, uses radiofrequency energy to disrupt the nerves that transmit pain to you brain. If other treatments don’t work, we offer neurostimulation therapy, which delivers mild electrical impulses to the spinal cord to block pain.

A commitment to excellent outcomes through a personalized plan

We know chronic back pain has a major impact on your life. We are experts at managing pain and ultimately getting you to a point where you can return to your life. We see a high volume of patients, which translates into more experience, greater expertise and better outcomes for you. 

Treatments for numerous conditions

While we help many patients with more typical back and spine pain, it's not unusual for us see patients with a wide variety of other pain conditions including joint pain, post-surgical pain, foot and ankle pain, headache and facial pain as well as others.

Latest minimally invasive techniques

Our highly skilled and experienced surgeons also specialize in complex spine surgery, as well as minimally invasive spine procedures, which often produce less pain, fewer complications, less blood loss and shorter recovery times. Used whenever possible, some minimally invasive procedures allow surgeons to access the spine with a one and one-half inch incision rather than an 8- to 10-inch incision typical in traditional surgeries. We can also use spinal cord stimulation, which involves placing a device behind the spinal cord in the space between the bones of the spine and the covering of the spinal cord. The device delivers a low-voltage electrical stimulation to your spinal cord to block sensations of pain. The location of placement is specific to your area of pain. Unlike high doses of pain-relieving drugs, spinal cord stimulation will not cause you sedation, nausea, vomiting, sleep disturbance or dizziness and does not affect cognitive function. Surgery is recommended only after all other therapies have been exhausted.

Advanced technology

Nebraska Medicine was the first hospital in the region to use the latest motion analysis diagnostic testing, or gait studies. The computer analysis of motion assists doctors in determining the best course of treatment.

Proven credentials

Unlike many pain clinics, our doctors are all board certified in pain management, and most are fellowship trained as well.

Financial counseling

We are fully aware that an issue with pain unfortunately can't always be solved with a visit or two, meaning those doctor visits can often translate into financial stress. To help you cope, we can bring in a financial service counselor to help you navigate the costs associated with being treated, if necessary.

Our chronic pain management program

We've been helping people manage pain for 42 years through our program for those dealing with chronic pain issues.

Learn about chronic pain management during your hospital stay.