Conditions & Treatments


The spinal cord is made up of nerves that allow your brain to communicate with your body. It is protected by the spinal column which is made up of 33 individual vertebrae that are stacked one on top of the other. These vertebrae allow you to stand, bend, and twist. Strong muscles and bones, flexible tendons and ligaments, and sensitive nerves contribute to a healthy spine.

Any of these structures can be damaged by strain, injury, or disease which can result in pain.

At UConn Health’s Comprehensive Spine Center, our orthopedic and neurosurgeons collaborate to bring you relief from both chronic and acute neck and back pain. Our experts provide today’s best non-surgical and surgical approaches to alleviate pain and restore function and mobility. We begin with lifestyle modifications, oral medications, and physical therapy, including the region’s only warm-water SwimEx therapeutic pool. When surgery is necessary, advanced technology and the latest, minimally invasive options allow our spine surgeons to make smaller incisions and achieve great accuracy. Recovery is typically faster too.