Back, Neck & Spine Care
Summit is home to one of the largest spine groups in Minnesota. We provide same-day access to neck and back treatment and specialists – appointments are available same-day at one of our Minneapolis St. Paul spine locations. Summit’s spine specialists diagnose back and neck problems and develop custom treatment plans built on a conservative, non-surgical approach.
Same-day spine appointments
All too often those struggling with nerve, back, or neck pain are told they have to wait four to six weeks to see a specialist or spine surgeon. We are committed to seeing you for a same-day appointment at one of our convenient Minneapolis St. Paul spine clinic locations.
Conservative care – Helping you avoid surgery
Summit’s leading spine specialists diagnose the full spectrum of back and neck problems and design custom neck and back treatment plans built on a non-surgical approach. We leverage conservative methods such as guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication.
In the few cases where conservative care is no longer managing your symptoms, fellowship-trained spine surgeons are here to consult with you and discuss appropriate surgical options.
87 percent of our spine patients are successfully treated with conservative therapies that do not involve surgery.
Animated educational videos
In the media player to the left you can:
- Scroll through conditions and procedures related to the spine (in alphabetical order)
- Search specifically for a condition or procedure at the top right corner
- Learn the basics about the “Anatomy of the Spine”
- Check out “Where Lower Back Pain Begins” or “Where Neck Pain Begins”
Award-winning spine surgical care
Summit Orthopedics’ Eagan location was awarded the prestigious Certificate of Distinction for Spinal Fusion by The Joint Commission. Summit is the first surgery center in the nation to have received this award for patient satisfaction and key outcome measurements.
Awarded Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center+® for Spine Surgery
Blue Distinction Center+® is the highest award given by Blue Cross Blue Shield. It demonstrates more affordable care in addition to quality care, treatment expertise and better overall spine surgery patient results.
Summit’s Eagan Surgery Center, serving as a center of excellence for spine surgery, is the only ambulatory surgery center in Minnesota to have received this designation.
Summit Celebrates First Surgery with Mazor X Stealth Edition Robotic Guidance Platform
Roman Guerrero, M.D., spine surgery experts, discusses the groundbreaking surgery — the first to use the Mazor X Stealth™ Edition Robotic Guidance Platform in an ambulatory surgery center.
Articles from our spine expertsSubscribe
Frequently Asked Questions About Back Pain
We asked Summit Orthopedics physical therapist Amanda Feeney, DPT, OCS, to share what questions her patients ask most often about back pain — and how she answers them.
Smart Standing Tips to Avoid Back Pain
Summit Orthopedics physical therapist Amanda Feeney, DPT, OCS, shares some tips for avoiding back pain if you stand all day.
A Side Benefit of Hip Replacement Surgery: Less Back Pain
Summit total knee and total hip replacement specialist Matthew Nies, M.D., discusses emerging research in orthopedics.
Working from Home? Try these 5 Tips to Protect Your Back and Neck
We asked Summit spine specialist Catherine Choi, M.D., to share her best tips for keeping your back and neck pain-free when working from home.
Our Best Tip for Keeping Your Back Healthy
No matter what your age, doing this one simple thing can help keep your back pain-free for a lifetime.
Intracept Offers New Hope for Low Back Pain
Summit Orthopedics back pain specialist Erik Ekstrom, M.D., explains Intracept®, a new approach to back pain treatment that is showing dramatic results.
Spine - Ask the Expert Video Series
19 videos in this series
- When to Seek Treatment for Neck or Back Pain
- Herniated Disc vs. Disc Bulges
- What is degenerative disc disease?
- Does losing weight impact neck and back pain?
- Is bed rest a good treatment for neck and back pain?
- Can damaged discs be replaced?
- Does Summit Orthopedics perform minimally-invasive surgery?
- Does exercise help or hurt my back injury?
- When should I see a specialist for my back symptoms?
- Managing Back Arthritis Pain
- How do injections work?
- Does cracking my back cause damage?
- Are there any new technologies in spinal fusion surgery?
- Is surgery the only option for my spine condition?
- Cycling and Spine Health
- Sciatica: Diagnosis and Treatment
- Referred Pain: Causes and Diagnosis
- The structure of the spine and the muscles that protect it
- Is it neck pain, or shoulder pain?
Understanding spine anatomy
Back pain is one of the most widespread health problems, affecting four out of five Americans in their lifetime. The spine is an interdependent system of 33 vertebrae, more than 100 joints, 120 muscles, 23 discs, and more than 220 ligaments. So when something goes wrong within that system, the hundreds of nerve fibers and countless nerve endings are quick to alert you.