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Back, Neck and Spine Care

Northwestern Medicine specialists offer comprehensive care for back, neck and spine conditions including nonsurgical and surgical treatment options.

Northwestern Medicine back, neck and spine specialists may include:

  • Board-certified orthopaedic surgeons
  • Neurological surgeons
  • Orthopaedic-trained nurses
  • Skilled rehabilitation professionals



Click here to learn more about the Center for Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Care.

Specialists at the Center for Orthopaedic and Spine Care can also be seen at the following locations:

Northwestern Medicine River Forest
420 Thatcher Ave.
River Forest, IL 60305

Northwestern Medicine Elmhurst
1200 S. York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

The Spine Center

The Spine Center, part of the Center for Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Care (CCOSC) at Northwestern Medicine Glenview Outpatient Center uses the latest techniques to treat acute and chronic spinal disorders. The Spine Center specialists provide physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurological surgery, neuroradiology and neuropsychology. By making use of leading-edge techniques and technology, regenerative- and nanotechnology-based bone graft substitutes, computer-navigated surgery, minimally-invasive spine surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery, the Northwestern Medicine Spine Center offers programs for the management of:

  • Spinal deformity
  • Spine oncology
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Failed neck or back surgery syndrome
  • Peripheral nerve compression syndromes
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Rheumatologic disorders of the spine
  • Spinal fractures and other traumatic injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Sports-related back and neck injuries
To schedule an appointment at the Glenview CCOSC, please call 847.724.4536.

Spine Tumor Program

The Spine Tumor Program, part of the Center for Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Care (CCOSC) uses a comprehensive approach that incorporates the talents of specialists from various disciplines and makes use of leading-edge technology is employed in the treatment of all benign and malignant tumors of the spine and spinal cord.

The surgical team uses advanced technology, including:

  • Stealth navigational instruments
  • Operative microscope
  • Sophisticated neurological monitoring
  • Complex spinal instruments
  • Intraoperative computed tomography (CT) scanning

This enables the team to not only treat the most complex spinal tumors, but it also enables them to perform extensive reconstructive procedures.

To schedule an appointment at the Glenview CCOSC, please call 847.724.4536.

To schedule an appointment at Lake Forest Hospital please call our neurosurgery department at 847.535.7271.

From acute injuries to joint pain, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital offers comprehensive care for all types of conditions affecting your bones and joints, including:

  • Arch, heel and toe pain
  • Arthritis
  • Foot and ankle problems
  • Fractures
  • Hand, wrist and elbow problems
  • Hip problems
  • Joint deterioration
  • Knee problems
  • Muscle sprain and tendon injuries
  • Nerve and neuromuscular problems
  • Orthopaedic-related diabetes complications
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder problems
  • Spinal injuries or pain
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Sprains
  • Tendon injuries
  • Trauma

If you’re considering joint replacement surgery, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital have board-certified orthopaedic specialists who can help. As a regional leader in joint replacement, Central DuPage Hospital performs the second highest number of lower extremity joint replacements in Illinois, and brings you the latest advances and innovations in care.

To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopaedic specialists, please call 630.225.2663.

Integrated Spine Program

The spine specialists from Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital offer the latest advances in spine care at convenient office locations in the western suburbs. Including:

Northwestern Medicine Convenient Care Bartlett
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group Carol Stream
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group Geneva
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group Glen Ellyn
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group Naperville
Northwestern Medicine Convenient Care St. Charles
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group Warrenville
Northwestern Regional Medical Group Winfield

Our spine specialists blend innovation and skill to help restore your movement and improve your quality of life. We offer comprehensive back pain management plans to help you overcome spine problems, so you can enjoy life with less pain. The Northwestern Medicine spine specialists are a highly-experienced, collaborative team comprised of board-certified physicians including neurosurgeons, orthopaedic spine surgeons, and physical medicine specialists, as well as nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and chiropractors, all with training and experience in spine, back and neck care.

To schedule an appointment with one of our spine specialists, call 630.933.BACK (2225).

Spine Care and Pain Management 

The Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Spine Center uses evidence-based practices to manage pain, increase mobility and help patients get back to doing the activities they most enjoy.

Our team of providers includes pain management and interventional physicians, nurse practitioners and a program coordinator working together with the use of conservative, nonsurgical treatments and when necessary, surgical intervention.

Our goal is always to use the least invasive option to provide symptom relief.

The Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Spine Center relies on evidence-based practices putting the patient at the center of the care program. Experienced physicians, specially trained nurses, therapists and technicians provide seamless, coordinated care for each patient.

What To Expect

The Spine Center Coordinator is the initial point of contact for each patient. The coordinator helps to gather and review medical information navigating the best course of treatment and referral to a spine specialist. The spine specialist referral is made based on each patient’s individualized case. Our patient-centered approach to care is evident in each decision that is made.

What to Bring to the Hospital

Personal Items

  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Other personal hygiene items
  • Shorts
  • Shirts
  • Well-fitted slippers with non-slip soles
  • Flat shoes or tennis shoes
  • Glasses and hearing aids if you rely on them
  • Your CPAP machine if you have sleep apnea
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Adaptive equipment such as a walker or reachers (these may be brought to you after your surgery)

Personal Information

  • Your patient Guidebook with completed medication list
  • A copy of your advance directives if you have them
  • Your insurance card, driver's license or photo I.D.
  • Any co-payment required by your insurance company

Special Instructions Before Surgery

You will be given specific instructions from your surgeon regarding medications, skin care, and showering.

  • ONLY take the medication that you have been told to take, with a sip of water.
  • Please leave jewelry, valuables, and large amounts of money at home.
  • Makeup must be removed before your procedure.
  • Remove all rings and leave at home.
  • Nail polish must be removed.
  • Wear dentures and/or partials.

Spine and Pain Care Treatments Available in Northern Illinois

The following treatments are available through Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Spine and Pain Care Centers and Physical Therapy Centers or other community providers.

Your Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital pain management specialist can refer you to community resources when necessary.

Some procedures and practices may not be covered by insurance.

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Epidural injections
  • Implantable drug delivery systems
  • Massage therapy
  • Mind-body integration therapies
  • Mindfulness orientation
  • Movement therapies
  • Neural therapy injections
  • Occupational therapy
  • Osteopathic manual therapies
  • Physical therapy<
  • Radiofrequency neurolysis
  • Selectively placed nerve and join injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation

To schedule an appointment with a spine care specialist, please call 815.748.2968

Related Resources

Back Care Brochure: Learn important information on keeping your back healthy and preventing injury. English | Spanish
Northwestern Medicine Integrated Spine Program Brochure