Penn Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Treatment for Spine Conditions

The Penn Spine Center at Penn Medicine provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients with low back pain, neck pain, hip pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and other musculoskeletal complaints. The Penn Spine Center is a sophisticated and comprehensive facility that offers state-of-the-art imaging and advanced diagnostic tools. Our physiatrists collaborate with surgeons and specialty therapists from multiple disciplines to coordinate a minimally invasive treatment plan aimed at improving the quality of life for patients with spine disorders.

Providing Individualized Care

At Penn we recognize that no two patients are the same and as a result provide individualized care to meet the unique needs of each patient. Physiatrists create a rehabilitative treatment plan that meets the specific needs of each patient by recognizing the impact their spine condition is having on all aspects of their life. The goal of our program is designed to restore our patients to their highest physical, social and emotional potential.

Common Spine Conditions and Symptoms

Common spine conditions include:

  • Spinal stenosis
    Occurs when there is a narrowing of space around the spinal cord or nerve roots. This compression oftentimes results in pinching of the spinal cord and nerves causing pain, weakness, numbness or tingling. Occurs when there is a narrowing of space around the spinal cord or nerve roots. This compression oftentimes results in pinching of the spinal cord and nerves causing pain, weakness, numbness or tingling.
  • Spinal cord tumors
    Most tumors in the spine are metastatic, having spread from another part of the body into the spinal region. Common symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, difficulty walking, loss of bowel control and muscle contractions or spasms. Most tumors in the spine are metastatic, having spread from another part of the body into the spinal region. Common symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, difficulty walking, loss of bowel control and muscle contractions or spasms.
  • Spinal injury
    Injury to the spinal cord caused by fracture or dislocation of the spinal column or spinal disc rupture. Symptoms may include paralysis, weakness, pain, breathing difficulties and loss of bowel or bladder function. Injury to the spinal cord caused by fracture or dislocation of the spinal column or spinal disc rupture. Symptoms may include paralysis, weakness, pain, breathing difficulties and loss of bowel or bladder function.
  • Non-specific low back pain
    Pain in the lower back of which the cause cannot be specifically pinpointed.
  • Hip disorders
    Can mimic back pain.
  • Lumbar or cervical radiculopathy
    Occurs when a nerve in the spine becomes compressed causing pain, tingling, numbness and weakness.

Common Treatments for Spine Disorders

At the Penn Spine Center we treat spine disorders with a combination of the following treatments:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Soft tissue, joint and spinal injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation procedures

Find a Physiatrist

Meet our team of Penn Medicine physiatrists that specialize in the treatment of spine conditions. To request an appointment use our online form or call 800-789-PENN (7366) to schedule an appointment.