A team of experts to diagnose and treat your spine condition.
Most people will have some sort of back pain in their lives. But when the pain is impacting your daily life or stopping you from doing the things you love, you want a team of specialists that can get you moving again. At Tower Health, we combine the expertise of neurologists and neurosurgeons, pain management specialists, and rehabilitation therapists to get you the best care in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
We create a personalized care plan specific to your lifestyle goals, and surgery is our last option—not our first. If you do need surgery, we specialize in minimally invasive techniques that get you back on your feet sooner.
Expertise in a full range of back and neck conditions.
If you have back pain and have symptoms that are impacting your daily life, it is time to see a specialist. Symptoms related to spine conditions include:
- Burning sensation that extends down one or both legs.
- Dull ache that doesn’t go away with rest and lasts longer than two weeks.
- Fever associated with back pain.
- Inability to stand fully upright or bend past a certain point.
- Loss of bowel function with back pain.
- Loss of strength.
- Reduced range of motion and flexibility.
- Severe, shooting pains in the spine.
- Spinal deformity.
Diagnosing Your Spine Condition
Back and neck pain is usually a sign of a more serious condition that won’t improve without help from an experienced team of specialists. We use leading-edge technology and testing to diagnose your spine condition accurately. Common spine conditions include:
- Disc disorders. Usually age-related changes in the spine, such as herniated disc and degenerative disc disease.
- Facet joint arthritis. A breakdown of the cartilage between spine bones.
- Failed surgery. Back or spine surgery that causes complications or needs correction.
- Fractures. Fractures in the spine can be mild or very serious and can occur anywhere in the spine. Compression fractures become more common as you age.
- Nerve root pain. Pain caused by the compression of a nerve. Types of nerve root pain include sciatica and radiculopathy.
- Spinal deformity. An abnormal alignment of the spine caused by congenital disability, age, injury, or previous surgery. Types of deformity include scoliosis, lordosis, and kyphosis.
- Spinal cord injury. Back injury caused by trauma such as an accident, fracture, or fall.
- Spinal stenosis. Narrowing of the spinal column that impacts spinal nerves.
- Spinal tumors. Cancerous or non-cancerous mass on the spine.
- Spondylosis. Abnormal wear and tear of the cartilage and bone of the neck that compresses the nerve root.
- Spondylolisthesis. Abnormal wear and tear of the cartilage and bone of the spine that compresses nerve root or fractures.
Non-Surgical Spine Care
At Tower Health, we’ll always talk with you about the least invasive approach to treating your spine condition. Conservative treatments are often used to treat back and neck pain. We offer:
- Medication management. Oral medications to help reduce inflammation or manage pain.
- Lifestyle changes. Maintain a healthy weight and diet, regular exercise, and manage stress.
- Physical rehabilitation. Therapy to help you regain body movement, improve fine motor skills, or learn new ways of performing daily tasks.
- Behavioral health therapies. A multidisciplinary approach to pain management, including how behavior and attitude affect health.
- Injections. Medication injected into the affected area using image guided technology, including nerve blocks.
Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures and Surgery
Our personalized treatment plans begin with non-surgical methods. If you don’t find relief, surgery may be necessary. Our neurosurgeons have experience with a wide range of back and spine conditions and specialize in minimally invasive techniques, which means less pain and a quicker recovery. Surgical treatments we provide, include:
- Decompression surgery. A laminectomy or foraminotomy opens or enlarges the space where the nerve passes.
- Disc replacement surgery. Replaces a worn or degenerated disc with an artificial replacement.
- Kyphoplasty. Treats compression of the vertebrae by inflating a balloon to restore bone height and inject bone cement.
- Laminotomy. Removes cartilage to relieve pressure in the vertebrae.
- Microdiscectomy or discectomy. Removal of part or all of the disc that is pressing on the nerve root of the spinal cord.
- Neurostimulation or neuromodulation. An implantable device that sends electrical stimulation to relieve pain.
- Radiofrequency ablation. A minimally invasive procedure to destroy nerve fibers carrying pain signals to the brain
- Spinal fusion. Joining two or more vertebrae to help relieve pain and provide stability.
- Vertebroplasty. Treats compression of the vertebrae by inflating bone cement into the fractured bone.