Back pain can occur due to any number of causes, including injury, tumor, birth defect or lifestyle strain. Regardless of the source, back pain can make it difficult to perform a broad range of everyday tasks.

We provide leading treatment for conditions of the back and spine. Our spine experts, including neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and pain management specialists, diagnose and treat all levels of spinal disease and injury. As one of the top health systems for neurological and orthopedic care, we offer patients throughout the Kansas City region the best treatment and care options available.

Diagnosis and treatment

We increasingly use image-guided surgery, a care standard that offers surgeons the opportunity to visualize surgical procedures with technology to more effectively address and correct spinal conditions. It results in greater decision support for surgeons and reduced risk and improved results. It is safer, faster and more accurate.

Minimally invasive surgical options have also become more prevalent because they result in less blood loss, shorter surgeries and a faster recovery.

Pain stemming from the spine

What can be done to help you

The good news is treatment can begin immediately to relieve your pain. Whether you need short-term relief or long-term care, our specialists will determine the right course of action for you – often avoiding surgical treatment. Surgical and nonsurgical options include:

  • Pain management, including epidural steroid injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation or spinal cord stimulation
  • Physical therapy
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Neck surgery, including anterior cervical discectomy, fusion and laminoplasty
  • Back surgery, including discectomies, laminectomies and fusions
  • Bracing, vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty for spinal fractures

Why choose us

We are ranked as the top hospital in Kansas City and Kansas, a distinction from U.S. News & World Report no other area hospital has ever held. Our neurology and neurosurgery program has ranked among the nation's best for 8 consecutive years, and our orthopedic services consistently ranks as a high-performing program. These accomplishments demonstrate our commitment to quality, which is crucial in your selection of a partner for back pain treatment.

Our back pain team includes fellowship-trained spine specialists who are board-certified in orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery, as well as an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and therapists who are experts in pain management.

In addition, you'll have access to multiple specialists at the Marc A. Asher, MD, Comprehensive Spine Center.

As an academic medical center, we offer the most comprehensive spine care for adult and pediatric patients, using the latest research to treat a range of complex conditions, including:

  • Arthritis in the neck and back
  • Spinal trauma, sprains and strains
  • Work-related or sports-related spine injuries
  • Spinal conditions such as kyphosis and scoliosis
  • Sciatica herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spinal infection

Our leading spine surgeons have participated in trials to explore new treatment options for conditions including:

  • Lumbar spine instability
  • Recurrent disc herniation
  • Type II odontoid fracture
  • New acute spinal cord injuries
  • Symptomatic spondylosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated nucleus pulposous
Doctors and nurses collaborating

Leading research and clinical trials

We collaborate closely with the University of Kansas Medical Center to realize the power of academic medicine. Here at the health system, we deliver advanced patient care. The staff at the medical center conducts industry-leading research and clinical trials.
Our Research

Our experts

Learn more about our leaders in back pain treatment and research.

Specialty care


  • Main Campus
    1. The University of Kansas Hospital
    • Marc A. Asher, MD, Comprehensive Spine Center
    • 4000 Cambridge St., Suite BHG280
    • Kansas City, KS 66160
    • Mon 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Tues 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Wed 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thur 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Fri 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Sat Closed -
    • Sun Closed -
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  • Indian Creek
    2. Medical Office Building
    • Marc A. Asher, MD, Comprehensive Spine Center
    • 10730 Nall Ave., Suite 200
    • Overland Park, KS 66211