Experiencing Back or Neck Pain?

We’ve got your back!  While most back pain will resolve with simple treatments, back and neck pain can become a seemingly endless source of pain and discomfort. 

You don’t need to live with back or neck pain any longer.  Talk with the experts at the Neuroscience Center at Riverside Community Hospital to determine the best course of treatment for you.  We can help you get your back-back to enjoy your life again! 

Our Neuroscience Center is comprised of a surgical and non-surgical team of highly-trained and experienced neurosurgeons, pain management and orthopedic physicians that can help you determine the best course of treatment to ease your neck or back pain.  We will discuss all treatment options for managing pain and help you determine the best course of action to reduce or eliminate the impact of spinal pain on your life.

Neurological Surgery (Brain and Spine Surgery)

By integrating the latest technology with a team of highly trained and skilled neurosurgeons, Riverside Community Hospital (RCH) has developed an advanced Neurological Surgery service that is dedicated to performing comprehensive state-of the-art neurosurgical care for patients. RCH strives for an ongoing commitment to increasing the range and safety of brain and spine surgery. The highly specialized neurosurgical procedures performed by our highly qualified neurosurgeons include:

  • Stroke Treatment with acute stroke care
  • Minimally invasive brain and spinal surgery
  • Treatment of spinal deformities
  • Brain and spinal tumor resection
  • Stereotactic and image guided surgery
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's and other movement disorders
  • Surgical treatment of epilepsy including ablation and vagal nerve stimulation (VNS)
  • State-of-the art Neuromonitoring

For our patients, minimally invasive surgery can dramatically minimize the effects of the operation including smaller incisions, decreased post-operative pain and shortened length of recovery. To achieve this goal, stereotactic image-guided brain and spine surgery using Stealthstation® technology is used as well as neuro-endoscopy to allow for minimally invasive brain and spinal surgery.

For our neurosurgeons, we provide the most sophisticated systems, equipment, and technology in the operating suites. We have added the Zeiss OPMI® Pentero® Surgical Microscope which is considered to be the most advanced neurosurgical microscope currently available. This highly sophisticated microscope allows for unsurpassed optical resolution as well as full integration of intraoperative frameless stereotaxy neuro-navigation. Stereotactic surgery helps ensure accurate and smaller incisions and more precise resections with minimal disturbance of surrounding brain tissue.

A carefully designed suspension system of ceiling tracks incorporating high resolution monitors adjusts precisely to enable neurosurgeons to visualize pertinent imaging while performing highly exacting surgeries. This system allows for a spacious operating area for high intensity microscopes to be brought into the room during surgery that may maximize surgical resources and patient outcomes. The multiple high definition flat monitors are linked to Riverside Community Hospital online image retrieval systems to allow instantaneous intra-operative viewing of various patient imaging data including X-ray, CT, MRI and angiograms. The neurosurgeon can view various imaging modalities as well as microscopic, endoscopic views, and on-going anesthesia monitoring. We combine advanced technology with others such as the Sonopet OMNI® Ultrasonic Surgical unit aspiration system to help ensure that our patients receive the most effective surgical treatment while maximizing safety.

Riverside Community Hospital continues to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to our neurosurgical patients to constantly improve the range and safety of brain and spine surgery. This goal includes the continued integration of the latest and most advanced technology to enhance the work of our highly trained and dedicated team of neurosurgeons.

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people miss work and see their doctor. 

Low back pain is often described as dull, continuous pain and muscle tenderness along the spine and lower back.  Back pain can come on suddenly after activity (acute) or occur for longer periods of time (chronic).  Both different types of pain may have different causes and treatments. 

  • Muscle or ligament strain: These are the parts of the body that support your spine.  Repeated activities, awkward movements and even physical fitness activities may be the cause of acute or chronic back pain. 
  • Bulging or ruptured disks: The disks are the parts of the spine that create a space between the bones of the spine and provide cushioning and shock absorption during every day activities.
  • Skeletal issues: Back pain may result from abnormal curves in the spine (scoliosis), fractures or even arthritis in the spine.  All of these conditions result in abnormal spacing of the spine that places undue stress and strain on the spine that may keep you from your daily activities. 
  • Osteoporosis: As you age, your spine can become brittle and porous.  This may result in compression fractures over time. 

Regardless of the cause of your back pain, The Neuroscience Center at Riverside Community Hospital is committed to helping you overcome these issues and returning your back to an active lifestyle. 

Back Pain Prevention

There are things you can do in your everyday life to help prevent back pain from occurring.  The best way to prevent back pain is to lead a healthy lifestyle through a proper diet and exercise.  In addition, good body mechanics, or how you move in your daily activities, can help prevent back or neck pain. 

Body Positioning: 

  • When standing and walking, keep your ears over your shoulders and your shoulders over your hips and keep your core (stomach muscles) tight.
  • When turning, keep your head, shoulders, hips and knees pointing the same direction. Twisting is never a good idea!

Bending and Lifting:

  • Never lift an object that is too heavy – get help.
  • Use caution when reaching or lifting overhead. It is always better to utilize a step ladder or get assistance.
  • Bend at your hips and knees, never bending straight over to pick something up from the floor.

Other important tips:

  • Exercise daily (with your doctor’s permission of course).
  • Stop smoking.
  • Change positions frequently. If you sit at your desk all day, consider a walking meeting or standing for some of your activities at your desk.  If you stand for long periods of time, shift your weight and bend your knees into a partial squat often. 
  • Practice relaxation techniques and stretch your muscles.
  • Drink plenty of water. This will keep your muscles, ligaments and disks well hydrated.