Overview

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.

Our approach

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 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.

Treatments

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.

Symptoms

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 

  • Stiffness 

  • Muscle spasms 

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

  • Weakness 

Home care after surgery

Spine procedures

Meet our team

Quality care

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.

Orthopedic surgery
Neurosurgery
Rehabilitation medicine and pain management
Physical therapists

Locations

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.

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  • Research Park Clinic - Spine Medicine
    • 621 Science Dr. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 265-3207
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  • 1 S. Park Clinic - Spine Medicine
    • 1 S. Park St. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 265-3207
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  • 20 S. Park Clinic - Neurosurgery and Spine
    • 20 S. Park St. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 255-4223
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  • UW Health at The American Center - Spine Medicine
    • 4602 Eastpark Blvd. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 265-3207
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  • Reedsburg Area Medical Specialty Center - Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery
    • 1104 21st St. / Reedsburg, WI
    • (608) 768-3901
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  • UW Health Specialty Clinic - Sauk Prairie - Spine Orthopedic Surgery
    • 250 26th Street, Suite 120 / Prairie du Sac, WI
    • (608) 643-6060
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  • Research Park Clinic - Spine Physical Therapy
    • 621 Science Dr. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 265-3341
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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.

Watch Lisa's Story

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.

Watch Andrea's Story

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.