When to Seek Treatment for Neck or Back Pain [Video]
Ask the Expert: Spine Video Series
About the video: How do I know when it is time to seek treatment for my neck or back pain?
Summit Orthopedics spine specialists Steven Stulc, D.O., Nicholas Wills, M.D., and Steven Sabers, M.D., share insights on when it’s time to see a doctor about neck or back pain.
Meet Steven Stulc, D.O.
Dr. Stulc’s approach: “My goal is to treat patients with a comprehensive approach to their spine related disorders, understanding that improving pain and function can have a tremendous impact on quality of life.”
Dr. Stulc’s education: Dr. Stulc studied at Southwestern Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN for his undergraduate degree, and he completed his medical degree at Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA. Following his residency in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at Mayo Clinic, he completed advanced fellowship training in Interventional Pain Medicine at Penn State University’s Department of Anesthesiology in Hershey, PA.
Meet Nicholas Wills, M.D.
Dr. Wills’ approach: “I understand the concern of athletes to get back to their sport and working in combination with our therapists helps them there.”
Dr. Wills’ education: After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Dr. Wills earned his medical degree and later completed his residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There he went on to participate in the fellowship program at Twin Cities Spine Center.
Meet Steven Sabers, M.D.
Dr. Sabers’ approach: “I treat my patients as I would want a family member treated, with a goal of reducing pain and improving quality of life.”
Dr. Sabers’ education: Dr. Sabers focused his education at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There he completed not only his undergraduate studies, but also his medical degree, internship, and residency.
Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise
Summit Orthopedics’ Spine Care program is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the comprehensive expertise of our patient-centered care. Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
More resources for you
- Ask Dr. Nick Wills: What Steps Does Summit Take To Manage Spine Pain Safely?
- What Is Referred Pain?
- Ask Dr. Stulc: What Is Regenerative Medicine?
- Ask Dr. Sabers: When Should I Have My Spine Pain Medically Evaluated?
- Ask Dr. Sabers: What Questions Should I Ask Before Committing To A Pain Treatment Program?