- Sjogrens Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Back & Neck Pain
Pain in the back or neck may be caused by a wide range of problems including degenerative or inflammatory arthritis, muscle weakness, disc herniation, bony encroachment on the spinal cord (spinal stenosis), osteoporosis with fracture, trauma, or a wide range of systemic illnesses. Most patients with back and neck pain can be managed with a combination of medication and exercise and will not require surgery.
Rheumatologists are physicians with the expertise both to identify which of the these conditions are likely responsible for the pain and to direct an appropriate treatment program. We have physicians on staff who specialize in the non-operative treatment of back and neck pain and who work closely with spine surgeons in the Spine Center. We offer a full array of on-site diagnostic procedures including x-ray, CAT scanning, MRI, bone scan, bone densitometry, EMG and nerve conduction testing. We also offer epidural injections which are performed by our radiologists under direct imaging. We offer a wide array of both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy at a variety of locations and offer a Comprehensive Pain Program for patients who need help with control of musculoskeletal pain.