Aurora Back and Spine Program

Getting You Back to You

Sometimes a few aspirin and rest is enough to chase back pain away. But if pain lingers or keeps you from enjoying life, it’s time to seek care from Wisconsin’s pain management experts.


Most people experience back pain at some point in their lives. Not only does it hurt – it can disrupt your work life and keep you from enjoying your favorite activities.

The Aurora Back and Spine Program offers cutting-edge back and spine treatments from an integrated team of expert providers. In many cases, back pain can be managed with less invasive options like chiropractic, acupuncture and massage. That’s why our team includes spine physiatrists, physical therapists and integrative medicine experts in addition to top surgeons.

If surgery is necessary, we offer minimally invasive options whenever possible – so you can get the care you need and get back to feeling like you again.

Whether it’s a herniated disc, bulging disc, sciatic nerve pain or another condition, the Aurora Back and Spine Program offers a single entry point for fully integrated care. Call (414) 649-3300 in Milwaukee or (844) 310-3438 in Summit to find out more, or request an appointment online.

Services & Treatments

Here’s some great news: Back pain – even lower back pain - often goes away on its own in a few days or weeks. Aspirin and rest may be enough to heal you. But if the pain doesn’t go away or you’re not able to do simple movements, it’s time for expert help.

Our multidisciplinary team of physicians specializes in general back and neck pain, lower back pain, spine pain, muscle strains, herniated discs or slipped discs, bulging discs, sciatica, sciatic nerve pain, lumbar stenosis, spinal fractures, spinal tumors and many other back and spine-related conditions.

Your back pain treatment options might include:

Non Surgical Treatment Options

  • Spine physiatry – Spine physiatrists are nonsurgical spine physicians trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They have extra training in the diagnosis and treatment of back and spine-related conditions. For some patients, spine physiatry may involve receiving precise spinal injections that are administered under X-ray guidance.
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain management - Medication and other pain relieving therapies can improve your quality of life by allowing you to stay active. Through our program, you’ll be connected with specially trained non-interventional pain management physicians and specialists.
  • Diagnostic services (imaging, lab)
  • Rehabilitation, including:
    • Physical therapy
    • Spine physical therapy – Spine physical therapists have special training in spine-related conditions. They can help you reduce your pain and recover lost function through assessment, exercise, and education.
    • Occupational therapy
    • Work specialty therapy ergonomics
    • Functional capacity evaluation
  • Aquatics
  • Integrative Medicine
    • Acupuncture and dry needling – An ancient practice thought to have originated in China, acupuncture involves inserting tiny needles into the skin to help alleviate distressing physical, emotional and mental conditions, including back pain. Dry needling is a subcategory of acupuncture that uses solid or hollow-core needles to address back pain.
    • Chiropractic - Chiropractors with specialized training in spine manipulation can tailor your treatment to your specific spinal condition, helping to reduce or eliminate back pain altogether.
    • Craniosacral therapy – This touch-based therapy is used to heal and enhance the craniosacral system, which consists of the membranes and fluid that surround the brain and spine.
    • Massage therapy - Massage can alleviate back pain by decreasing stress and muscle tightness and increasing blood flow to the affected area.
  • Behavioral health - Because the mind and body are intrinsically linked, mental and emotional stress can trigger physical back problems. Working with a behavioral health and pain psychologist to improve your emotional and mental state can often relieve back pain.
  • Community-based services, including:
    • Yoga
    • Pilates
    • Tai chi
    • Support groups

Surgical Treatment Options

  • Neurosurgery – Experienced, fellowship-trained spine surgeons can address surgically correctable back problems that haven’t been helped by less invasive treatments.
  • Interventional pain – When less invasive options aren’t helping, X-ray guided spinal injections given by pain fellowship-trained anesthesiologists can help with chronic spinal pain.
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Orthopedic spine surgery
  • Epidural injections
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion

Exploring Alternatives to Back & Spine Surgery

What if surgery wasn’t your only option for treating back pain? At the Aurora Back & Spine Program, nonsurgical treatment options are explored before surgery is even considered. Dr. Mustafa Farooque, a spine physiatrist, leads a team of interdisciplinary specialists – so whether you need surgery, rehabilitation or a combination approach, you’ll get the right treatment with the right specialist at the right time.

Our Program

From your first phone call through treatment and recovery, you’ll have access to a team of highly trained back and spine experts, including:

  • Physical therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Acupuncturists
  • Massage therapists
  • Alternative medicine specialists
  • Interventional and non-interventional pain physicians
  • Pain psychologists
  • Neuro-radiologists
  • Specially trained orthopedic and neuro spine surgeons

When you make an appointment, we’ll ask about your medical history, lifestyle and your overall health goals. You’ll be assigned a dedicated care coordinator who’ll work your spine physiatrist on a personalized care plan and treatment options that work for you.

4 Simple Steps to Cutting-Edge Care

1. Make an Appointment

Whether it’s a slipped disc or lower back pain, the Aurora Back and Spine Program has a single entry point for all patients. Call the location nearest you or make an appointment online.

2. Get an Assessment

An experienced spine physiatrist will thoroughly evaluate you, explain what may be causing your symptoms, and make recommendations about your treatment options. From there, they’ll connect you with the right specialist in the shortest amount time – so you can get the care you need and feel better faster.

3. Meet your Care Coordinator

Your dedicated care coordinator will help you through every step of the process. They’ll work with your physiatrist on a comprehensive care plan, help connect you with the right specialists, assist with booking appointments and coordinate your needs along the way.

4. Get Back to the Life You Love

After treatment, we’ll help you establish follow-up care including rehabilitation, follow-up appointments, ongoing therapy and more. Whether your goal is to reduce pain, increase mobility or enjoy your favorite activities again, the Aurora Back and Spine Program has the resources, training and expert providers – so you can get back to feeling like you.

Find Spine Care Near You

The Aurora Back and Spine Program makes it easier for you to get back to the things that matter most. With a single entry point and your own care coordinator, you’ll be connected to an integrated team of specialists all working together on your personalized treatment plan. Learn more about our program locations in eastern Wisconsin:

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Our specialists will help identify the treatment option that’s right for you.

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