We have many ways to treat back pain — and many people who specialize in those treatments. They have unique training and unique approaches to help ease your symptoms. They work together to help you get the care you need.
We offer you a range of treatments to help relieve your back pain
If you haven’t had it yet, it’s likely that sooner or later you might. Fortunately, most of the time, the pain improves with conservative treatments — and there are a lot of them. But when surgery is necessary, it can work very well too.
UW Health offers a complete back pain program that includes rehabilitation medicine and pain management doctors, neurosurgeons, sports medicine and orthopedic surgeons, health psychologists and spine physical therapy and rehabilitation. We provide all types of treatment, from the simple to the complex. You can depend on us to help you find options to manage or eliminate your pain.
We don’t just treat patients. We also do research. We look for new and better ways to help you. That’s resulted in improved instruments for surgery and improved procedures. Many of our doctors focus on minimally invasive treatments. These treatments are less invasive and speed recovery.
We treat many people for back pain, so you get the expertise that comes with experience. That produces positive outcomes for you. When you come to UW Health, we’ll find treatment options to help you feel better and get back to your life. We’re here to help.
Helping you find relief
Many things can cause back pain, so there are many treatments that may help it.
We tailor treatment to your needs. When we can, we use conservative treatments before turning to more advanced treatments such as surgery.
Corrects the problem causing your pain.
Delivers medication to problem areas of the spine to help relieve pain.
Uses many types of treatments to help control your pain. Some of these include medication, injections and special devices. It may also focus on your thoughts and behavior.
Focuses on improving strength, flexibility, range of motion and more.
Teaches you how to better cope with pain. It may also help you make lifestyle changes.
Draws on both complementary medicine and traditional medicine to help with pain relief.
Use of special braces to support your spine. This may help correct or control certain spine problems.
Managing your condition
Resources and treatments
These resources can help you learn more about back pain and how we treat it.
Symptoms that could be signs of a back problem include:
Pain, especially after sitting or standing for a long time
You need prompt attention if your back pain comes with certain symptoms. See a doctor right away if you have:
Pain that comes with fever or burning when you urinate
Numbness, tingling or pain that moves down your leg
Problems with your bowels or bladder
Lower back pain
Meet our team
When you have back pain, the provider you see might depend on the type of problem you have. We have a team of experts who may take part in your care. They work together to help you find relief.
Help for your discomfort is nearby
We see people for back pain at clinics throughout Madison. We also have locations in Reedsburg and Prairie du Sac.
Research and clinical trials
Help yourself while helping others
At UW Health, we’re always looking for new and better ways to help people with back pain. You can play a part — and get tips to manage your own back pain at the same time. We’re currently looking for people to take part in our Strategies To Assist with Management of Pain (STAMP), which consists of an 8-week training program. Learn more about the study
Meet our patients
Watch some of our success stories
‘Such a lifesaver:' Lisa’s experience with spinal fusion surgery
“Such a lifesaver.” That’s how Lisa described the minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery she had at UW Health. Once able to do very little, she found herself getting ready to “dance up a storm” after surgery.
Active again: Minimally invasive surgery gave Andrea her life back
Andrea was an athlete her whole life. She loved being active. But that became nearly impossible when she started having serious back problems. See how her life improved after minimally invasive anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery at UW Health.
Patient and support services
Support groups, classes and events
Chronic pain group classes and support
Acceptance and commitment therapy: Living well beyond your pain
Lifestyle skills for chronic pain
Mind-body medicine group
Pain management and coping group
For more information, call (608) 890-6464.