Our team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, pain management experts, and rehabilitation specialists collaborate – all in one office – to provide you with the best spine care. We offer a range of services to identify and address the cause of your neck, back, and leg pain.
UConn Health Minute: Beating Back Pain
Most people suffer from neck or back pain at some point in their lives and treatment options to relieve that pain can vary widely. That’s why UConn Health's Comprehensive Spine Center offers a collaborative approach with a variety of providers in the same location in order to get you better and back to life faster.
We offer a range of diagnostic procedures to help identify your condition, disease, or illness. Available procedures includes MRI, CT scan, diagnostic injection procedures, ultrasound, EMG, and nerve conduction studies.
Physiatrists are also known as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians. They treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. They perform procedures including:
- Peripheral joint injections
- Trigger point injections
- Musculoskeletal ultrasound
- Spasticity management
- Interventional spinal therapeutics
Our physical therapists specialize in spine treatment. Their goal is the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function. They utilize therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (such as massage and electrotherapy), assistive devices, and patient education. Our rehabilitation center includes the region’s only warm-water SwimEx therapeutic pool.
We are pleased to offer acupuncture to our patients as a method to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself. A form of traditional Chinese medicine using thin needles placed in the skin, acupuncture induces a strong anti-inflammatory response and increases blood flow to compromised tissues, muscles, and joints. Many patients report that the treatments also aid in relaxation and stress-relief.
Our pain management experts utilize an interdisciplinary approach to ease pain and improve your quality of life. We help patients tackle pain that may be the result of a specific trauma or illness and also specialize in the effective management of chronic (long-term) pain.
Injections are a non-surgical treatment option for back pain that are considered before surgery. Injections can provide pain relief and be used as a diagnostic tool to help identify the source of your back pain. Common types of injections include:
- Epidural steroid injection
- Selective nerve root block (SNRB)
- Facet joint block
- Facet rhizotomy
- Sacroiliac joint block
We believe in performing the least invasive spine surgery possible, while completely addressing your anatomical problem.
Our surgeons are experienced with the most advanced minimally-invasive surgical procedures and are the most experienced robot-assisted surgical team in New England. We can perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility, and control than possible with conventional surgery. Benefits for the patient include smaller incisions, shorter recovery times, and increased safety. Plus, many of these surgeries can be performed as outpatient procedures which can be more convenient and allow for recovery at home.