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Back pain is extremely common, affecting up to 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lifetime. But with the right diagnosis, lifestyle changes and a treatment plan, back and neck conditions can be treated successfully, pain can be relieved and your quality of life can be restored.

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Receive a virtual remote second opinion with an expert Penn neurosurgeon available for spine surgery and neurosurgery patients. A Penn neurosurgery coordinator will contact you within 48 hours of you reaching out to schedule your remote online appointment with a neurosurgeon. 

Talk to Your Primary Care Physician

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Most people who experience back or neck pain first see their primary care physician. A primary care physician may then recommend that the patient visit a spine specialist. Our spine specialists see a wide range of cases including athletes with sports injuries, individuals with age-related spine problems, those with general back or neck pain from injury or overuse, those with spinal deformities and those with spinal tumors.

It is recommended that someone with back or neck pain see a provider when pain:

  • Lasts longer than two weeks
  • Causes new bowel or bladder problems
  • Is accompanied by a fever
  • Follows an injury or trauma
  • Is severe and does not improve with rest
  • Spreads down one or both legs or arms
  • Causes weakness, numbness or tingling in one or both legs or arms
  • Is accompanied by unexplained weight loss

Online Back and Neck Health Test

Take our online assessment to determine if it is time for you to visit a doctor for your back or neck pain.

Back and Neck Conditions We Treat

Spine conditions we treat include:

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Adult Spinal Deformity Program

The Penn Spine Center combines the expertise of leading specialists in complex spinal deformity with the latest, advanced technology and treatment approaches to diagnose and treat all types of spinal deformities.

Spinal Tumor Program

The Penn Spine Center provides leading edge evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for all types of primary and metastatic spinal tumors using the most advanced diagnostic, and medical and surgical techniques.

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