Our Approach to Treating

Back Pain

Back pain is the second most common type of pain experienced in the United States, after headache. It has a wide range of causes, such as injuries to the spine, degeneration of the discs located between the vertebrae of the spine as they break down with age, a pinched nerve, and muscle tension. When back pain becomes disabling and interferes with your everyday life, NYU Langone offers expert evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. 

Our specialists include neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons trained in treating the conditions that cause back pain, including disorders of the spine such as degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis.

Treatment for Back Pain

Our doctors help many people manage back pain through measures such as activity modification, pain medications, and physical therapy. If back pain persists after six months, they may discuss surgery as a treatment option.

Our Research and Education in Back Pain

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.