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UPMC Program for Spine Health

Back pain is a common medical condition that affects many people. For most, it is a minor problem that only lasts a few days, but for others, back pain becomes chronic and subsequently affects many parts of their life. It can also be difficult to treat, and the same care plan doesn’t work for everyone. That’s why, at the UPMC Program for Spine Health, we take a different approach to back care.

What We Do

With a doctor referral (typically from a primary care physician or surgeon), our team takes a patient-centered approach to care for individuals with low back pain and other spine issues.

By way of non-operative consultations and treatments, we empower our patients and help them find their purpose. We help people understand the nature of their problem and promote meaningful activity and movement to help alleviate pain, improve function, and foster growth in overall health and well-being. Our holistic approach means that we take the entire patient into account, considering their:

  • Physical discomfort
  • Emotional health
  • Sleep habits
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Social engagement
  • Overall lifestyle and passions

We offer comprehensive care including specialty medical care, physical therapy, psychological and nutritional counseling, and personal coaching to improve overall quality of life. Our experienced team has developed an approach that doesn’t just focus on pain, but puts health first and equips you with the tools to improve beyond our program, so that you can get back to your life.

Who We Are

Our team of experts includes:

  • Nurse coordinators
  • Physical therapists with advanced spine training (primary spine provider or PSP)
  • Physicians/psychiatrists (physical medicine and rehabilitation) who specialize in non-operative spine care
  • Dietitians
  • Health coaches
  • Pain psychologists

What to Expect

Once your doctor refers you to the UPMC Program for Spine Health, one of our nurse coordinators will contact you, ask you a few questions, and create a care plan tailored to your needs. We will work with you to set goals to improve your quality of life by decreasing pain and increasing your ability to move.

Most patients will first see a “primary spine provider,” who is a physical therapist specializing in spine care. Other specialists may be needed as well, including doctors who are experts in treating back problems without surgery and addressing chronic pain. Behavioral health therapists can assist with lifestyle choices and overcoming challenges with mental health and diet coaches can help implement desirable behaviors and nutrition choices. Additional specialists will be offered through UPMC if needed. The goal of our care team is to give you the tools you need to help you manage your pain and build a healthier life.

Examples of Patient Care

The patients in the following testimonials have asked to remain anonymous.

How to Refer Patients

Most patients come to the UPMC Program for Spine Health by referral from a primary care physician, orthopaedic surgeon, or other health care provider.

Please contact us at 412-219-0386 to refer a patient to either of our two locations.

For more provider information, please visit UPMC Physician Resources online.

Expert Care at Two Locations

UPMC Outpatient Center Hampton
3rd Floor, Suite 3100
4490 Mount Royal Blvd.
Allison Park, PA 15101

UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex
8000 Cranberry Springs Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Contact Us

To reach the UPMC Program for Spine Health, please call 412-219-0386.