Expertise and rankings

Nearly 40,000 people with spine conditions turn to Mayo Clinic each year. They benefit from the clinic's:

  • Individualized care. 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.
  • Comprehensive 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., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked highly performing for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.

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 may include doctors from several medical and surgical specialties, including neurology, radiology, neuroradiology, anesthesiology, orthopedic surgery, pain medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurosurgery, psychology, and nutrition. They work together to develop a treatment plan based on your needs and wishes and an unbiased review of all available treatment options, follow-up care and rehabilitation.

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. Together they provide you with coordinated and efficient clinical assessment leading to evidence-based treatment recommendations focused on restoring your function and quality of life.

Innovative diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic spine care experts offer comprehensive evaluation for people with every type of spine condition, from the common to the complex or rare. Your first visit may be with a nonsurgical medical spine specialist —someone with expertise in physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, or pain medicine. He or she performs the initial clinical evaluation and coordinates diagnostic testing as needed.

Mayo Clinic's advanced diagnostic capabilities include:

  • Innovative radiological techniques, including advanced neuroimaging (MRI or CT myelography), electrophysiology and intraoperative monitoring
  • 3-D imaging to help pinpoint a spinal disorder
  • Specialized nerve conduction and muscle tests
  • Assessment of bone health

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


  • 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 procedures at other medical centers.
Oct. 10, 2019