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Back and Spine

Back and Spine Center

About 80% of Americans will have back pain during their lives. But, for many, the pain and discomfort are more acute and may benefit from treatment. The nationally ranked Ochsner Back and Spine program offers the region’s best care for back and neck pain so you can get back to doing what you love.

Why choose Ochsner for back and spine care?

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.

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.

Advanced procedures

Back and spine pain shouldn’t always equal surgery but when surgery is indicated Ochsner’s Back and Spine surgeons are experts in minimally invasive and advanced surgical approaches, giving our patients better results and quicker recovery times.

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Our multidisciplinary approach

A team of physicians, surgeons and other healthcare professionals dedicated to back and spine treatment work together to deliver the most effective treatment and support available. Through our back and spine program you’ll have access to a comprehensive team of fellowship trained including orthopedists, neurosurgeons, pain specialists, physical therapists and more. We provide our patients with specialized knowledge that can make all the difference in treatment, quality of life and recovery.

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Schedule an appointment

It’s important to us that you can access top care when you need it conveniently. Call to schedule an appointment today! Referring physicians, may also contact our clinic at the number(s) below.

New Orleans: 504-842-2000

Baton Rouge: 225-761-5200

Slidell/Covington: 985-875-2727

For referring physicians, contact Ochsner Clinic Concierge, our dedicated physician referral line at 1-855-312-4190.

  • Neck and back pain
  • Degenerative diseases of the spine
  • Spinal deformities
    • Complex adult spinal deformity
    • Complex pediatric spinal deformity
    • Chin on chest deformity
  • Scoliosis
  • Sagittal imbalance (when the spine is curved in such a way that you cannot stand up straight)
  • Kyphosis (an exaggerated, forward rounding of the upper back)
  • Cervical and lumbar disc herniations
  • Traumatic spinal fractures
    • Cervical fractures
    • Thoracic fractures
    • Lumbar fractures
  • Spinal infections
  • Tumors
    • Spinal tumors
    • Metastatic (cancer that has spread) and primary tumors
    • Tumors arising from neural structures
    • Tumors affecting the spinal column
  • Chiari malformations (structural defects in the base of the skull and cerebellum)
  • Nerve injuries and nerve tumors
  • Carpal tunnel and other nerve entrapment neuropathies (conditions in which a nerve becomes compressed, or entrapped between two other structures in the body)
  • Radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
  • Spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spaces in your spine)
  • Cervical dystonia (rare movement disorder that causes neck muscles to contract involuntarily)
  • Sacroiliac joint pain (oain arising from the sacroiliac joint is one of the potential causes of low back pain)
  • Spondylolisthesis (when one of the bones in your spine — called a vertebra — slips forward and out of place)
  • Migraines
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal or fifth cranial nerve, one of the most widely distributed nerves in the head)
  • Spinal infections

Nonsurgical treatments:

  • Botox therapy for migraines
  • Dry needling
  • Iovera – cryotherapy
  • Massage
  • Nerve blocks
  • Platelet-Rick Plasma
  • Radiofrequency ablation/rhizotomy
  • Steroid injections
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Viscosupplementation injections

Surgical treatments:

  • Discectomy
  • Disc replacement
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Robotic spine surgery
  • Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusion
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal reconstruction
  • Vertebroplasty

  • Low back pain effects two thirds 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.
  • Ninety-five percent 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, stretching 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.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Back and Spine

Back and Spine Locations

Ochsner Acadia General Hospital
1305 Crowley Rayne Highway
Crowley, LA 70526
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Ocean Springs Spine & Orthopedic Rehabilitation
3603 Bienville Blvd, , Suite 200
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
  • Mon – Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner LSU Health - St. Mary Medical Center
915 Margaret Place
Shreveport, LA 71101
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - South Tyler
1203 South Tyler St. , Medical Office Building, Suite 220
Covington, LA 70433
  • Mon–Fri: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ochsner Medical Complex - The Grove
10310 The Grove Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70836
  • Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ochsner Health Center - Slidell Campus Bldg. 2
105 Medical Center Drive, North Shore Two Bldg.
Slidell, LA 70461
Ochsner Health Center - Baptist Napoleon Medical Plaza
2820 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Monday – Thursday: 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Therapy & Wellness: Mon – Fri: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7
Slidell Memorial Hospital East
100 Medical Center Drive
Slidell, LA 70461
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Covington
1000 Ochsner Blvd.
Covington, LA 70433
  • Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ochsner Health Center - Tangipahoa
41676 Veterans Ave.
Hammond, LA 70403
  • Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
2700 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Open 24/7