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Spinal Conditions and Back Pain Treatments

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Neurosurgeons at UPMC utilize the least invasive, most effective treatments for back and spine conditions. Our team of spinal specialists offer traditional as well as minimally invasive surgical treatment options for spinal disorders, back injuries, and lower back pain.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery uses advanced techniques and technology to treat spinal condition without causing undue injury to the surrounding soft tissues.

Minimally invasive spine surgery options include:

Pain Management

UPMC offers a comprehensive range of pain management services for patients suffering from acute or chronic pain due to spine conditions.

Pain management treatment options include:

Traditional Surgery

UPMC also offers traditional surgery depending on the patient’s condition and complexity of the diagnosis.

Traditional surgery options include:

Spine Oncology

Our experts in spine oncology use a comprehensive approach, collaborate with colleagues from other department, and state-of-the-art technology, to provide the most advanced treatment of tumors of the spine and spinal cord.

Spine oncology treatment options include:

  • Conventional radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy

Sterotactic Spine Radiosurgery

UPMC is one of the world’s leading centers for brain and spine stereotactic radiosurgery. To treat spine tumors, it delivers high doses of radiation to tumors of the spine and spinal cord.

Learn more about Sterotactic Spine Radiosurgery »


Spine Radiosurgery: An Alternative Approach
Dr. Peter Gerszten discusses the advantages to spine radiosurgery treatment for patients.


Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Surgery
Drs. Kanter and Okonkwo discuss minimally invasive surgery for complex scoliosis.


Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Dr. Adam Kanter describes the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery.