Conservative treatment options are available to treat neck and back pain. Talk with your primary care doctor or call us to see what treatment option is best for you.
Chiropractic care – Chiropractic care is a non-surgical, drugless form of healthcare that seeks to optimize health and manage pain. Patients will often times feel an immediate reduction in pain and improvement in function. Available at the Gundersen Integrative Medicine Center and Gundersen Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Physical and exercise therapy - Exercises learned during physical therapy can strengthen your spine, minimize your pain and reduce your risk of injury by improving your overall balance and flexibility. Available through Gundersen Physical Therapy and Gundersen Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Biofeedback - Biofeedback is a non-invasive technique that can help you better understand how your body responds to pain. Using the results, we will help you learn how to make changes in your body to reduce stress, control pain and improve your health. Available at the Gundersen Integrative Medicine Center and Gundersen Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dry needling - Dry needling is aimed at lessening symptoms in those with chronic nerve pain. It involves multiple insertions of a filament needle into the muscle that surrounds a trigger point. The aim is to achieve a twitch response in the trigger point to release muscle tension and pain with minimal side effects. Available at Gundersen Sports Medicine and the Gundersen Integrative Medicine Center
Steroid injections – Steroid injections can offer relief for pain caused by irritated or inflamed nerves. We use X-ray during the procedure to ensure that the medication is delivered to the correct spot. Steroid injections are simpler than having surgery and can provide lasting pain relief. Available at the Gundersen Injection Clinic
Nerve blocks - Nerve blocks are injections of medicine near the nerves that are the source of pain. By numbing the nerves and stopping the pain signals from reaching the brain, nerve blocks offer immediate relief. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, so you can get back to your daily life following your appointment. Available at the Gundersen Injection Clinic
Radiofrequency ablation – Our experts use X-ray to locate the affecting nerves. They then use heat to destroy the nerves and stop them from sending pain signals to the brain. Pain relief can last more than a year in some cases. You will be able to resume normal activities after just 24 hours. Available at the Gundersen Injection Clinic
Spinal cord stimulation - During this minimally invasive outpatient procedure, electrodes are implanted on your spinal cord and a generator is inserted under your skin. Electrical pulses from the generator are sent through the electrodes, blocking pain signals from reaching your brain. This treatment allows you to avoid side effects associated with traditional pain medications. Available at Gundersen Pain Management
Prolotherapy - Prolotherapy is the injection of a solution into an injured ligament or tendon at the point where it attaches to the bone. The goal of the treatment is to increase blood flow to the injured area, which promotes the body's natural healing process and often leads to a decrease in pain and stronger ligaments to connect muscle to bone. Prolotherapy typically requires a series of injections. Please note that not all insurance providers cover prolotherapy, so check with your insurance company or talk with one of our team members to get a price estimate. Available from Gundersen Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Gundersen Integrative Medicine Center
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections - Platelet-rich plasma injections are used to regenerate and strengthen tendons and ligaments. PRP therapy uses a person's own blood to heal the injured area and decrease pain. This means that an injection only needs to be done one time to the injured area due to the healing power of blood. Please note that most insurance companies do not cover PRP injections. Available from Gundersen Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Evaluation and testing – Neuropsychologists specialize in helping our patients manage the mental and emotional side of living with chronic pain including help for depression, anxiety and other emotional side effects. Pain counseling can be a very effective complement to other treatments to help better manage chronic pain. Available at Gundersen Neurology
When conservative treatments don't provide adequate relief we offer a wide variety of neurosurgical options to help you get back on your feet. Gundersen's Neurosurgery team delivers leading-edge treatments close to home, working closely with you and other Gundersen specialists as needed.
Am I a candidate for back or neck surgery?
Do you have back and/or neck pain that has not improved after three months or more of conservative, non-surgical treatments such as:
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Pain medication
If you answered "yes" to the question above AND can answer yes to any of the following questions, it may be time to discuss your surgical options with our experienced Gundersen neurosurgery team.
- Do you have neck and/or back pain along with numbness, tingling or weakness in your arm, leg or foot?
- Have you been diagnosed with a herniated disc, cyst, stenosis or injury in your neck or back, and conservative, non-surgical treatments have not resolved your pain?
- Is pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness keeping you from:
- Daily activities including taking care of yourself
- Enjoying what you love to do
- Have you been told you need back or neck surgery, but you want a second opinion or you want to learn more about your options?
If you think you may be a candidate for back or neck surgery, call our Neurosurgery team today.