If you are suffering from chronic, acute, or traumatic spine pain, WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute can help. Most problems can be addressed with non-surgical treatments – sometimes called non-operative or conservative therapies. However, there are times when surgery is the only treatment.

Many factors can lead to spine injury – including aging, incorrect body mechanics, trauma, and structural abnormalities – causing back pain and other symptoms, such as leg pain or weakness.

Conservative therapy involves a trial of non-operative treatment. Examples are physical therapy, pain medication, or bracing. The trial period varies, but six weeks to six months is typical.

If non-surgical treatment does not relieve symptoms, surgery may be recommended. Surgery is considered when the healthcare team can determine the source of pain, such as a herniated disc, scoliosis, or spinal stenosis.

WVU Medicine Brain and Spine uses a team approach to diagnose and treat chronic back pain. Our team is happy to help you gather information and encourage you to take your time making an informed decision that will fit with your lifestyle and physical activity level.

Below are some of the conditions we treat and treatments we offer.


  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoporosis / Spinal Fracture
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy / Leg Pain
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Thoracic Spine Disorders
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Work Injuries


  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Kyphoplasty / Vertebroplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Lumber Corpectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck/Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion
  • Reconstructive / Revision Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Surgery
  • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)