When neck, back and lower back pain stops you from enjoying your usual activities, we have specialists who can help. Patients who need advanced spine services have access to the Spine Center in Worcester. We offer complete evaluation along with nonsurgical and surgical treatments for children and adults for conditions affecting:
- Cervical spine (vertebra just below the skull)
- Thoracic spine (vertebra in chest area)
- Lumbar spine (vertebra in lower back)
Back Pain Treatment in Central Massachusetts
At UMass Memorial Medical Center, our patients have access to convenient spine care from our team of back care specialists including orthopedic specialists, neurosurgeons, rheumatologists and physiatrists with advanced subspecialty training in spine surgery, pain management, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. By working together and with you in a team approach, we tailor treatments to your individual needs for back pain relief.
Award-Winning Care: Our Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence is designated by Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction Center for Specialty Care® in spine surgery, an honor given to hospitals that have expertise and efficiency in providing high-quality specialty care.
Spine Surgery: Not Always the Answer
While our spine surgeons are highly experienced, it’s important to note that surgery is seldom the first line of treatment for many spinal disorders.
Surgery generally is considered only when more conservative treatment options — such as physical therapy, medications or nerve block injections — have been exhausted, or when delaying surgery could cause more damage.
When our spine surgeons do recommend surgery, they use the most advanced techniques, including minimally invasive spinal surgery, to achieve excellent results. Learn more in "What to Expect from Spine Surgery".
Spine Conditions We Treat
Our spine experts will provide you with complete resources for evaluating and treating the causes of back pain from congenital (present from birth), degenerative and traumatic spine disorders, including:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated disc (“slipped disc”)
- Severe back pain
- Myelopathy (spinal cord problem)
- Neurogenic claudication (pain, tension, and weakness in the legs on walking)
- Scoliosis and other spinal deformities
- Sciatica nerve pain
- Spinal stenosis
- Spine trauma
- Sports-related spinal injuries
- Vertebral fractures
Back Pain Research
As members of an academic medical center, our physicians are engaged in ongoing clinical research to advance surgical and non-surgical ways to diagnose and treat patients with spinal disorders. This provides you with access to leading-edge therapies that may not be available at other hospitals. Learn more about research and teaching.