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Back and Neck Pain Center

About the Back and Neck Pain Center

The Back and Neck Pain Center at UT Health Austin offers a team-based approach to coordinate care around your specific needs. This approach always puts you at the center of your care. Our team includes physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, behavioral therapy specialists, and dietitians that may be involved in your treatment plan. Input from a variety of disciplines allows you to get the right diagnosis and the care you need, from the providers you need, all in one location, and all at the same visit.

Back and Neck Pain Treatment

To best understand and treat your pain, our specialists take the time to listen to you and gather details about your experience with pain and how it interferes with your life. Questions you may be asked during your initial exam may include – where does it hurt, what makes your pain better or worse, do you have weakness, numbness or other neurological symptoms, what previous tests or treatment have you had etc. This information helps us get an in-depth understanding of what is going on.

Additionally, our specialists will perform a physical exam, which is necessary to understand any structural or neurological problems that may or may not be occurring. Your physical exam will include testing of spine motion, neurological function (reflexes, strength and sensation testing of each spinal nerve), confirming circulation (blood flow), and performing appropriate spine and/or extremity stress maneuvers to determine the source of your pain.

While testing is usually not necessary in determining appropriate cause and treatment for back and neck pain, imaging and laboratory is available on site to save you time.

Your Goals Matter

Pain can be a complex and personal experience and addressing it effectively requires a treatment plan that understands each patient’s goals and respects her/his preferences. In some cases, the treatment may be as simple as education – understanding the diagnosis. In others, it may be exercises done at home or under the supervision of a therapist; and, in others, it may involve medications, injections, or even surgery. The goal of this process is to arrive at a treatment approach that is uniquely right for you.

Whether your goal is to return to playing golf, walk your dog, or simply do your normal activities with less pain, our goal is to help you achieve it. What matters to you matters to us.