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Back Pain and Spinal Disorders

Conemaugh East Hills
1450 Scalp Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15904
(814) 269-5211


As many as 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Some problems can be addressed by exercise or physical therapy. Others may require medication to relieve the pain. In some cases, surgery may be the only effective option.

Back specialists at Conemaugh Health System Spine Center care for patients to relieve physical and emotional symptoms of back pain.


Diagnosing Back Pain

Conemaugh Physician Group Neurosurgery physicians conduct in-depth assessments related to pain, neurological function, and physical motion to determine cause and treatment methods. Assessment can include a detailed medical history, electromyogram (EMG), and first-hand reports from the patient detailing the frequency, location and severity of pain. Other tests, such as MRIs or CT scans, may also be ordered. Tests are performed at Conemaugh Advanced Imaging located at Conemaugh East Hills and Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Main Campus.


Medical Management

Most back conditions can be successfully treated through physical therapy, nerve blocks, trigger point injections, and medication that is prescribed for specific periods of time. 


Surgery

Conemaugh Physician Group - Neurosurgery physicians use surgical techniques and technologies to treat a range of spinal conditions including degenerative, congenital, traumatic, vascular, or cancer-related disorders.

Spinal decompression, fusion, and instrumentation are used to treat back conditions. Minimally invasive spinal procedures, including kyphoplasty and vertebrosplasty use cement-like substances to stabilize spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis, falls, or traumatic injury. Patients who are eligible for this type of surgery tend to experience shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries, and fewer complications.

Using sophisticated computerized imaging technology, Conemaugh Physician Group - Neurosurgery physicians pinpoint the patient's problem and its relationship to vascular structures or veins. Treating the condition while keeping vascular structures intact significantly reduces complications and speeds the recovery process.