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Straight Facts About Back Pain

Four out of five Americans will experience back pain at some point during their lives. This pain can be the result of an accident or injury or simply due to everyday wear and tear. Fortunately, for 80% of these people, their back or neck pain will subside with time and exercise. Those who continue to experience symptoms can now seek help through the new McLaren Spine Center.

The McLaren Spine Center offers a uniquely specialized approach to diagnose and treat back and neck pain. Our services are designed around the mission of improving function, alleviating pain and enhancing quality of life for people with spine problems. What makes the program unique is the "virtual" team of physicians and therapy centers that bring the treatment closer to the patient.

A Team of Specialists to Help You Feel, Move and Live Better

The McLaren Spine Center offers a multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of back and neck pain. The program combines the expertise of clinicians in the following specialties:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Physical medicine 
  • Clinical health psychology 
  • Interventional radiology
  • Orthopedic surgery 
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain management
  • Certified case management

These experts work together in a coordinated "virtual" system to identify and treat conditions of the back and neck, ranging from the most common to the most complex. The McLaren Spine Program is an umbrella that links together private practice physicians, surgeons, physiatrists, and therapy locations, creating a truly comprehensive, multidisciplinary program where all of the physicians participating in the program follow clinically-approved guidelines. In addition to the excellent care from physicians in the program, patients also have the security of knowing that they have access to all of the resources of McLaren Flint.

Individualized Treatment Plans

The physicians associated with the McLaren Spine Center work closely with physical therapists to develop a complete, individualized treatment plan for each patient that considers his or her diagnosis, lifestyle and treatment goals. This team works together to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients using leading edge technology, the latest techniques and the most effective therapies to help patients feel, move and live better.

When To Seek Help

The following symptoms of chronic back and neck pain may indicate the need to seek help:

  • Pain that is persistent and cannot be relieved
  • Pain radiating into the buttocks, leg or groin or pain radiating into the shoulder, arm or hand
  • Muscle spasms in the back or neck
  • Headache
  • Numbness in the legs or arms
  • Weakness or loss of bladder or bowel control 

From the first visit to the final therapy session, the McLaren Spine Center offers appropriate and effective treatment from a full range of available options. The McLaren Spine Center links together private practice physicians, surgeons, physiatrists, and therapy locations, creating a truly comprehensive, multidisciplinary program where all of the participating physicians follow clinically-approved guidelines.

Surgical Treatment

For some problems, surgery is the only feasible solution. The McLaren Spine Center's team of surgeons is experienced and well skilled in performing a wide range of procedures with advanced techniques and technology.

Patient Education

Since its inception, the Spine Center has offered patients the opportunity to attend a pre-surgery educational session. This unique program is designed to walk the patient, as well as family members, through the surgical process from preadmission testing, to what to expect post surgery and once you have returned home.

Contact Information

Physicians who would like to refer a patient directly into the program should call the office of the physician/surgeon of choice. Please state that the new patient is a "Spine Center" referral.