Back and Spine Center
About 80 percent of Americans will have back pain during their lives. But, for many, the pain and discomfort is more acute and may benefit from treatment: in any 3-month period, a quarter of all adults will experience back pain at least one day. The nationally ranked Ochsner Back and Spine Center offers the region’s best care for back and neck pain so you can get back to doing what you love.
The Ochsner Back and Spine Center brings together award-winning medical experts from disciplines like orthopedics, neurosurgery, pain management, rehabilitation and psychiatry in our state-of-the-art facility. No more going from doctor to doctor, clinic to clinic. Your Ochsner Back and Spine Center team will jointly create a treatment plan individualized to you, your pain and your goals.
Patients in the Ochsner Healthy Back Rehabilitation Program reported a 62.5 percent decrease in pain after 10 weeks of treatment.
Why Choose Ochsner for Back and Spine Care?
Team of Experts
You’ll have access to a comprehensive team of experts including orthopedists, neurosurgeons, pain specialists, physical therapists, addiction specialists, and more all in the same clinic.
Healthgrades rated the Ochsner Back and Spine Center as a top spine program in the United States with 5 stars.
Back and spine pain shouldn’t always equal surgery but when surgery is indicated Ochsner’s Back and Spine Center Surgeons are experts in minimally invasive and advanced surgical approaches — giving our patients better results and quicker recovery times.
We understand your pain. That’s why it’s important to us that you can access the state’s top care when you need it and in one location.
Access to Back and Spine Care Across the Region
Patients can receive care in the following regions:
- Greater New Orleans area (New Orleans, Jefferson Hwy., Metairie, West Bank, Kenner)
- Baton Rouge
- Northshore (Slidell and Covington)
- Neck and back pain
- Degenerative diseases of the spine
- Spinal deformities
- Complex adult spinal deformity
- Complex pediatric spinal deformity
- Chin on chest deformity
- Sagittal imbalance
- Cervical and lumbar disc herniations
- Traumatic spinal fractures
- Cervical fractures
- Thoracic fractures
- Lumbar fractures
- Spinal infections
- Spinal tumors
- Metastatic and primary tumors
- Tumors arising from neural structures
- Tumors affecting the spinal column
- Chiari malformations
- Nerve injuries and Nerve tumors
- Carpal tunnel and other nerve entrapment neuropathies
Patient’s Guide to Back Pain
- Low back pain effects 2/3 of adults at some point in their lives. It is one of the top 10 reasons to go to the doctor.
- Back pain is scary, sudden, and painful but does usually improve. It is usually benign and is not caused by a serious underlying disease.
- 95% of back pain is mechanical, meaning something makes it worse (most commonly bending and sitting).
- If bending makes it worse, extension stretches can be helpful.
- If standing makes it worse flexion, stretches and z-lie can be helpful.
- You can find details on these stretches and more in Treat Your Own Back by Robin McKenzie.
- Moving is the best medicine, even if it hurts. Bed rest is not recommended for back pain. Early return to daily activities leads to less chronic disability.
- Early involvement in Physical Therapy can decrease the likelihood of acute low back pain becoming chronic.1
- Back pain is a complex issue to diagnose. A definite diagnosis for back pain cannot be made for nearly 85% of patients at the initial visit.
- Medicine such as muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories can be helpful. Narcotic pain medicine is not recommended for back pain.
- Imaging such as MRI’s and X-rays are not necessary in the beginning and do not influence treatment or influence the course of acute back pain. Degenerative changes such as disc bulges and arthritis are common in people as young as 18 and with no pain.
- In people under 50 with no signs and symptoms of systemic disease no imaging is needed.2
- Conservative care for 6 weeks is recommended for patients with or without shooting nerve pain in arms/legs prior to MRI.2
- Imaging of patients with low back pain without indications of serious underlying conditions does not improve outcomes.3
- Exercise Guides:
- Ochsner Pain Management:
- Treat Your Own Back by Robin McKenzie
- Treat Your Own Neck by Robin McKenzie
- Moving is recommended. Bed rest is not recommended.
- Seek Physical Therapy as early as possible.
- Acute flares will improve.
1Wu, Peter I-kung et al. Nonpharmacologic options for treating acute and chronic pain. PMR journal 7 (2015) s278-s294
2Jarvik, Jeffrey and Richard Deyo. Diagnostic evaluation of low back pain with emphasis on imaging. Annals of internal medicine 2002; 137:586-597
3Chou, Roger, Rongwei Fu, John Carrion, Richard Deyo. Imaging studies for low back pain: systemic review and meta-analysis. Lancet 2009;373 463-72
For Referring Physicians
For appointment access to any Ochsner clinic, contact Ochsner Clinic Concierge, our dedicated physician referral line at 1-855-312-4190.