Published on October 25, 2021

A woman with back pain.

Spine care can address pain and mobility issues

Neck and back pain are among the most disabling medical disorders in the U.S and also among the most common. From 60% to 80% of adults will experience back pain and 20% to 70% will suffer from neck pain that interferes with daily activities.

Even more concerning, neck and back issues can recur. Left untreated, they can become life altering.

“People can overlook the warning signs of potentially serious problems,” said Erin Grueneberg, DNP, an advanced practice provider who specializes in neuroscience care. “Severe or persistent pain, numbness or weakness with neck and back pain, incontinence, sensory issues in the rectal area, imbalance and mobility issues are red flags that signal medical attention may be needed.”

A complete medical evaluation and dedicated team of health professionals can help you get to the root of the pain and lead to development of a personalized care plan with treatments to help you reduce or manage the pain.

Anyone can contact ProHealth Neuroscience Care’s Spine Program to schedule a consultation. ProHealth’s program provides patients with access to an entire team of spine care professionals.

Your personal care team may include:

  • A neuroscience nurse navigator who will discuss your condition with you, help coordinate your initial visit and guide you through your care plan.
  • Pain management providers who help reduce pain using a wide variety of treatment options and technology, and also teach patients how to manage pain that persists.
  • Physiatrists or physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians who treat problems with bones, muscles and nerves.
  • Physical therapists who help you build strength, reduce pain and increase range of motion using a variety of therapeutic tools, resources and techniques.
  • Occupational therapists who help you improve function in joints and muscles, perform everyday tasks and modify your environment where needed.
  • Neuroradiologists and radiologists who diagnose your condition through advanced imaging exams.
  • Neurosurgeons who perform surgical procedures, including minimally invasive options, when other treatments have not achieved results you desire.

“Nurse navigators are your partners,” said Debbie Degnan, a physician assistant with ProHealth’s program. “They help each patient proactively and follow patients throughout their care. If you have questions, need information or could use some reassurance, your nurse navigator can help.”

If you should need surgery, ProHealth partners with Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine, one of the nation’s largest comprehensive neurosurgery groups, for complete, expert care right here in Waukesha.

Throughout your care, team members will consult with each other, using your electronic medical record to reference your medical history, treatments and test results. When your care plan is complete, you will receive follow-up care for as long as needed to maintain the health of your neck and spine.

ProHealth Neuroscience Care’s Spine Program is tailored for people with:

  • Arthritis and skeletal issues
  • Bulging, herniated or ruptured discs
  • Muscle or ligament strain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spine injuries
  • Spine tumors
  • Other conditions

Anyone who has a concern about neck and back pain or any related condition should seek care to help alleviate pain, treat underlying issues and enhance movement. Services are available at a number of ProHealth Medical Group clinics and at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital.