Spine Care Overview

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Surgeons discuss a surgical plan using a 3-D model of the patient's spine.

Mayo Clinic spine care experts offer comprehensive services at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. People with a wide range of conditions affecting the spine and limbs find exactly the care they need at Mayo Clinic.

The clinic's spine care experts take a multidisciplinary approach to each person's situation. Your team uses an evidence-based approach to conservatively manage spine disorders. Your doctors have access to the most innovative technology and imaging for an accurate diagnosis. After you receive an accurate diagnosis, your doctor will talk with you about the full range of treatment options and recommend surgery only when it is required and makes sense for your situation and goals.

Experience and expertise

Nearly 40,000 people with spine conditions turn to Mayo Clinic each year. If you come to the clinic for spine care, you'll receive a diagnosis and be treated by a multidisciplinary team of doctors and health care professionals who provide individualized care.

Having all this expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion. Your care is discussed among team members, your test results are available quickly and appointments are scheduled in coordination. The most highly specialized experts in the world are working with you. What might take weeks or even months to accomplish elsewhere can typically be done in a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.

Innovative diagnosis and treatment

People with spine disease seeking treatment at one of the three Mayo Clinic sites receive a team approach to their diagnostic evaluation. A nonsurgical medical spine specialist (with expertise in physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, or pain medicine) performs the initial clinical evaluation and coordinates additional diagnostic testing as needed.

Mayo Clinic's advanced diagnostic capabilities include:

  • Innovative radiological techniques, including neuroimaging, electrophysiology and intraoperative monitoring
  • 3-D imaging to help pinpoint a spinal disorder
  • Specialized nerve conduction and muscle tests

Mayo Clinic leads the way in new treatments for minimally invasive surgical techniques and advanced imaging.

Comprehensive care for spine conditions

A woman talks with her doctor about her spine condition. Presurgical consultation

Mayo Clinic spine care experts focus on working with you to restore your function and quality of life.

Mayo Clinic spine care experts focus on working with you to restore your function and quality of life. Your visit begins with a clinical evaluation. Your doctor coordinates additional diagnostic testing as needed. This may include:

  • Advanced neuroimaging (MRI or CT myelography)
  • Electrodiagnostic evaluation to better define the localization and extent of spine-related neurogenic injury and to exclude mimickers of spine disease
  • Assessment of bone health
  • Screening for autoimmune, inflammatory spine disease

Mayo Clinic spine care experts offer comprehensive care for people with every type of spine condition, from the common to the complex or rare. They use an integrated spine care model, which means they focus on restoring your ability to function and improving your quality of life. And they work with you to choose an individualized treatment plan from the full range of options — medication, physical therapy, ablations, integrative medicine techniques, spine injections, integrative techniques, minimally invasive surgery and conventional surgery.

Care may be initiated and ongoing at Mayo Clinic or it can be coordinated with your local doctor when you return home.

Your treatment team

With the spine experts at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, you receive team-based comprehensive care for the diagnosis and treatment of your condition. Your multidisciplinary team includes doctors in several medical and surgical specialties, including neurology, radiology, neuroradiology, anesthesiology, orthopedics, pain medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurosurgery, psychology, and nutrition. They work together to develop a treatment plan based on your needs, wishes and an unbiased review of all available treatment options, follow-up care and rehabilitation.

Having all of this subspecialized expertise on your team means that what might take months to accomplish elsewhere can typically be done in only a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

In addition, the Mayo Clinic integrated spine care model leverages the expertise of specialists from medical, surgical, interventional, integrative medicine and cognitive behavioral medicine backgrounds to provide people with spine conditions a coordinated and efficient clinical assessment leading to evidence-based treatment recommendations focused on restoring each person's function and quality of life.

Quality and clinical outcomes

  • All 3-D imaging of the spine (MRI, CT myelography) performed at Mayo Clinic is interpreted by board-certified neuroradiologists.
  • The electrodiagnostic labs at Mayo Clinic are some of the busiest and most referenced in the world.
  • When people do proceed to surgery, Mayo Clinic surgical teams often perform a nonfusion surgery that's smaller and less invasive than similar procedures at other medical centers.


With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic experts are constantly seeking new medical knowledge. A variety of clinical trials and other studies of neurology, neuropathology and epidemiology may be available to you as part of your spine condition treatment at Mayo Clinic.

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May 24, 2018