dr. schuster spine Each year, millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain caused by a spine condition. The toll chronic back pain takes over a person’s mental and physical health as well as their overall quality of life can be debilitating. Chronic back pain causes anxiety and depression and interferes with daily activities, responsibilities, work and family life.

At the Penn Spine Center, we combine the expertise of our multidisciplinary spine team with the latest, leading edge non-surgical and surgical treatment approaches to effectively treat the full spectrum of back and neck conditions. We offer a unique, comprehensive program that brings together the skills and knowledge of world-renowned spine experts from multiple medical disciplines.

Specialists from:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R)
  • Pain medicine

Our philosophy is founded on providing personalized care and doing what is best for our patients—whether it is a modern approach, conventional approach or a combination of both. As an academic medical center, we pride ourselves on practicing evidence-based medicine that results in the best possible outcomes for our patients to alleviate their pain and restore them to their maximum function and mobility.

The Penn Spine Center is one of the only spine centers of its kind in the nation, and our breadth of experience and collaborative approach to spine diagnosis and treatment is not found anywhere else in the region. We are constantly evaluating and striving to further develop approaches and technologies to benefit our patients. In addition to providing the most effective treatments, we take great care to educate our patient’s on the behavioral and biomechanical adjustments they can perform themselves to facilitate long-term back and neck health.

Our spine specialists will almost always elect for more conservative, non-surgical treatments first, avoiding surgery whenever possible. Surgery is recommended only when non-surgical treatments do not work. In the event that surgery is needed, our team of highly experienced spine surgeons are trained in the most advanced surgical techniques, including the latest approaches in minimally invasive surgeries.

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Non-Surgical Treatments

At the Penn Spine Center we emphasize a conservative approach to spine treatment that involves non-invasive, non-surgical therapies.

Surgical Treatments

Penn spine surgeons are highly experienced in all surgical techniques, from the most basic to the most complex, including surgery for spinal tumors and spinal deformities.

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