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Debilitating back and neck pain can slow you down and impact your quality of life.

At University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, our team of neck and back pain specialists provides the full spectrum of care for spine problems in both adults and children — offering exceptional spine care at locations close to home.

Our comprehensive approach to neck and back pain treatment includes a personalized evaluation that takes into account your health and lifestyle. We consider both non-surgical and surgical treatment for all spinal disorders.

Neck and Back Pain Causes

Our specialists use advanced diagnostic technology as well as old-fashioned listening to discover the cause of your spine pain, which could be caused by a number of underlying conditions.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Spinal discs act as shock absorbers between the bones of your spine, keeping your back flexible. Degenerative disc disease occurs when your discs break down and are unable to protect your spine.

Cervical and Lumbar Disc Disease

This common cause of lower back pain can develop when the discs that cushion the cervical portion of the spine begin to break down from wear and tear.

Spinal Stenosis

In this condition, the spinal canal begins to narrow, pinching the spinal cord and the nerves around it and generally resulting in pain, weakness and numbness.

Herniated Discs

When the soft center of a spinal disc begins to push through the spinal cord, most often causing pain, weakness and numbness, this is a herniated disc.


This spinal disorder can occur when a vertebra slips out of place and is most common in athletes who participate in sports that put stress on the lower back

Pinched Nerve

Pinched nerves are very common. They can occur when surrounding tissues apply too much pressure to the nerve, causing pain, tingling, numbness and weakness.


Caused when something injures or puts pressure on the large sciatic nerve, sciatica results in pain in the lower back that often radiates to the hip and leg.

Cervical Radiculopathy

This condition occurs when the nerve root in the cervical spine becomes pinched, inflamed or damaged.

Spinal Deformities

The term spinal deformity refers to conditions that cause an unnatural bend to the spinal column. They can significantly affect your quality of life by causing pain and reducing function.


This condition, most common in teenagers, is a curve in the spine. It most often occurs during the growth spurt of puberty and that can result in uneven shoulders and hips, tight muscles and pain.


Kyphosis is the outward curving of the spine, often related to osteoporosis, which leads to back pain and stiffness.

Treating Spine Pain

We use innovative diagnostics to pinpoint the source of your pain then assess the best course of treatment including surgical and non-surgical options.

Spine Surgery

The spine program at UM Upper Chesapeake Health offers comprehensive evaluation and the highest quality care possible for the surgical and non-surgical treatment of spine disorders.

Spinal Fusion

This surgical procedure that joins two or more vertebrae is most often used for conditions such as scoliosis, spinal arthritis and herniated discs.

Lumbar Decompression

This procedure aims to improve pain and numbness in the legs caused by compressed nerves.

Disc Replacement

Replacing worn disc material in the spine with a synthetic or "artificial" disc can relieve back pain and maintain natural movement and motion.

Other Surgical Spine Procedures

Our team will discuss treatment options and the plan of care that is best for you. Other procedures include:

  • Spine laminectomy
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Bone graft alternatives
  • Laminoplasty

Conservative Spine Treatment

Oftentimes, non-surgical treatments are the first-line approach to managing pain and can include muscle relaxants, NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen), steroids and opiate pain medications. Supportive therapies such as pain management, acupuncture and physical therapy can also be helpful.

Find a Spine Surgeon in Harford County

All our spine surgeons are now accepting new patients. Their locations are:

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

510 Upper Chesapeake Drive Suite 509
Bel Air, MD 21014

Spinal Neurosurgery

206 S. Hays Street
Bel Air, MD 21014

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