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Clinical Services at Rush Spine and Back Care

Program Description

Spine, back and neck problems can lead to a variety of symptoms, including severe pain that can affect every area of your life.

But you don't have to live with the pain. Spine specialists at Rush can pinpoint the problem and design a personalized treatment plan to address it. Treatments, which include everything from nonsurgical approaches to minimally invasive surgical techniques, can often alleviate your symptoms and greatly improve your quality of life.

We also welcome patients seeking second opinions. If you have been diagnosed with a spine, back or neck condition, you may want to get an opinion from another specialist before you begin treatment — especially if surgery is recommended. It's important to be aware of every treatment option and make sure you are comfortable with the course of treatment.

We are here to help. Call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to schedule an initial visit or a second opinion.

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Why choose Rush?

More people choose Rush for their spine surgeries than any other hospital in the region. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • Rush is consistently ranked among the top U.S. hospitals for orthopedics and neurology and neurosurgery in U.S. News & World Report.
  • Rush offers some of the most advanced treatment options in the region — from the use of genetic engineering to eliminate the need for bone grafting, to new proteins that make spinal fusion surgery less painful and debilitating.
  • Spine surgeons at Rush offer an extensive range of minimally invasive techniques that enable major back procedures like lumbar discectomies and spinal fusions to be performed using incisions smaller than a paper clip. That means less pain, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery.
  • Rush is a leader in scoliosis treatment for patients of all ages and is one of the nation's main referral centers for adults with scoliosis.

Conditions and issues treated

At Rush, we treat the full range of spine, back and neck conditions in adults and children, including the following:

  • Back pain (including low back pain)
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Degenerative spine conditions, such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Failed spinal fusions (neck and low back)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Radiculopathy and sciatica (arm and leg pain)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Spinal deformities, including adult and pediatric scoliosis and kyphosis
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spine and spinal cord tumors
  • Spine infections


Specialists at Rush use the latest technologies to assess every aspect of the spine and provide either an initial diagnoses or a second opinion.

Diagnostic procedures performed at Rush include the following:

  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Myelography, which helps determine nerve root compression
  • Discography, which helps determine if an abnormal intervertebral disc is causing back pain
  • Electromyography and nerve conduction studies, which assess the health of the muscles and nerves


Treatment, whether it's nonsurgical or surgical, is tailored to each patient. The following is a sampling of the procedures offered at Rush:

  • Anterior, posterior or cervical decompression
  • Anterior and posterior lumbar fusions with autograph, allograft or bone morphogenic proteins (BMP)
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Cervical decompression
  • Cervical fusion
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
  • Scoliosis surgery, including spinal deformity correction and reconstruction
  • Spine injections, including epidural steroid injection, facet radiofrequency ablation (rhizotomy), greater occipital nerve bloc, medial branch block, pars injection, peripheral joint injection (hip, shoulder knee and bursa), sacroiliac joint injection, trigger point injection and intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET)
  • X-stop procedure (an implant used for treating stenosis)

All of the surgical procedures can be performed using minimally invasive techniques, some of which were pioneered by spine surgeons at Rush

Clinical trials

Through Rush's research program, you may be eligible to enroll in one of our many spine and back clinical trials. For more information about the trials we are currently offering, see our Clinical Trials page.


Clinical team

Rush is home to internationally respected orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, physiatrists and nurses who manage pain, treat degeneration, correct deformities and repair injuries.


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