Back and Neck Pain

Chronic back or neck pain is no laughing matter. Patients often come to us after months or years of unsuccessful physical therapy, injections or other treatments. Our specialists use advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures to identify and address the root cause of the pain.


After a full evaluation, our spine specialists will recommend the best course of treatment based on your individual needs. Our surgeons may recommend one of the following procedures to treat your back or neck pain.

  • XLIF: Lateral lumbar interbody fusion (XLIF) is a minimally-invasive procedure used to treat leg or back pain generally caused by degenerative disc disease. The procedure is performed through the patient’s side, avoiding the major muscles of the back.

Here’s how it works: The surgeon replaces most of the herniated spinal disk with a similarly sized disk made of a metal cage filled with bone graft. This cage lifts the vertebra above it, relieving pressure on nerves and muscle tissue. The surgeon then applies a material called BMP (bone morphogenetic protein), a genetically engineered version of a protein that naturally occurs in the body.

  • TLIF: Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is a minimally-invasive procedure that includes removing most of the damaged disk and inserting bone graft material to raise the top vertebra so it is no longer pinching the nerve roots. Small screws and rods are then placed in both vertebrae to hold them in place before adding more bone grafting material, which forms a bone bridge, or fusion, to connect the vertebrae.

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