Neck & Back Care

Neck and back pain is common. So common, in fact, that around 80 percent of individuals experience spinal discomfort at some point in their lives. If you’re among those feeling spinal discomfort on a regular basis, visit your home for orthopaedics. Here, our experts will work with you to relieve your neck and back pain.

Our board-certified spine specialists — Dr. Akeson, Dr. Mulconrey and Dr. O’Leary —help you sit, stand, bend and move with more mobility. At Midwest Orthopaedic Center, our in-house imaging team provides a closer look at what’s hurting you, so your doctors can devise practical, quality solutions that are as flexible as your spine should be. These include medications, guided injections, activity modifications, physical therapy, biofeedback and outpatient spine surgery.

If you feel a persistent pain in your neck or back, don’t wait. Give yourself peace of mind and set up an appointment. We’re accepting new patients in Peoria and Pekin, and we look forward to helping you.

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At Midwest Orthopaedic Center, your doctor will perform an in-depth assessment to determine the cause of your neck or back pain. Your doctor may request an X-ray or MRI at our in-house facility to get a closer look at your situation. After reviewing the images as well as your symptoms, they will diagnose your condition and propose the best treatments available to you. These may include lifestyle adjustments, medications, injections, braces and immobilizations, physical therapy and surgery. Your doctor will also recommend actions you can take and activities you should avoid to help hasten your recovery.

Neck and back issues can be caused by a wide range factors, including physical activity, injury, trauma, degenerative disks, nerve damage and infections. Injuries and chronic conditions that may have healed over time can be reinjured through strenuous movements, such as exercising without stretching beforehand or by improperly lifting heavy objects.

There are several small steps you can take to limit pain in your spine. As much as possible, sleep on your back using a supportive pillow. When texting or reading your cell phone, try holding it at eye level so you don’t crane your neck. For the same reason, keep your computer monitor raised to eye level. Also, find more time to put your electronic devices away, so you can stretch and exercise.

By staying limber and getting the blood flowing, you’ll limit the chance of injuring yourself in your day-to-day life and you may feel better as well. Plus, staying hydrated will help your body function in peak condition and make your vertebral disks stronger and more flexible.

Neck and back pain is a common problem, experienced by most people. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a constant, nagging ache in your spine. If you’re feeling neck or back stiffness, it could be a sign that you’ve pulled a muscle –– caused by something as simple as poor posture. However, if you suffer from a shooting pain, numbness, weakness or tingling in your extremities, a more serious issue could be at play. Regardless, if your neck or back no longer feels like it used to, call Midwest Orthopaedic Center to schedule an appointment with one of our spine specialists.

Typically, your doctor will first treat your back and neck pain with medication or injections that reduce inflammation in the spine and relax the surrounding tissue. Your doctor may also recommend physical therapy, such as massage or heat and cold therapy. However, if these treatments are no longer helping, or if your neck has lost significant strength, nerve issues are impacting your mobility, your spine is under pressure or you’ve experienced a sudden complication that requires immediate action, your doctor may recommend surgery. This will include a care strategy that keeps your overall health in mind and ensures you’re fully aware of what to expect in terms of operative and post-operative care.

For spine patients, we offer minimally invasive, robotic-assisted operations at our dedicated surgical facility, Midwest Orthopaedic Hospital at UnityPoint Health – Proctor. Using the Mazor X Surgery Stealth Edition robotic guidance system, our surgeons perform targeted procedures that adjust injured disks, remove damaged tissue and help realign your spine.

Thanks to 3D mapping technology, extensive planning features and built-in safeguards, the Mazor X system minimizes the chance for complications while providing patients with a straightforward path toward recovery.

How We Treat Your Neck & Back

At your home for orthopaedics, our doctors treat the following neck and back conditions:

    • Arthritis
    • Osteoporosis
    • Scoliosis
    • Disk problems and degenerative disease
    • Kyphosis or roundback of the spine
    • Muscle pain
    • Sciatica or pinched nerves
    • Spinal sprains, strains & fractures
    • Tumors

In the event you need surgery, your doctor will recommend a procedure at Midwest Orthopaedic Hospital at UnityPoint – Proctor, the region’s only dedicated orthopaedic hospital. There, your surgeon will perform a surgery alongside a highly experienced team of medical professionals. Whether you undergo standard spinal surgery or a minimally invasive robotic-assisted operation, your doctor will develop a care plan that best fits your needs.

Following your surgery, your doctor may recommend physical therapy at one of our rehabilitation facilities in Peoria or Pekin. There, with manual, soft tissue and aquatic therapies as well as a host of other exclusive services, our team of licensed physical therapists and assistants will assist you as you regain flexibility, strength and purpose at a pace that fits your comfort level.

We also take care of pediatric spine scoliosis with surgical and non-surgical care. If your child has developed an abnormal sideways curvature or spinal rotation, we help them grow to lead a more active and healthy life. Check out what our pediatric orthopaedics team can do for your family.

To learn more about common orthopaedic conditions, treatments and procedures, visit OrthoInfo, a database operated by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Our Doctors

Picture of Jeffrey Akeson, M.D.
Jeffrey Akeson, M.D.
hip, knee, neck, back, Fracture Care, Hip & Knee Reconstruction, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Robotic Surgery, Trauma Care
Picture of Daniel Mulconrey, M.D.
Daniel Mulconrey, M.D.
neck, back, Pediatric Orthopaedics
Picture of Patrick O’Leary, M.D.
Patrick O’Leary, M.D.
neck, back, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Robotic Surgery

Meet Our Patients

Mark Midwest Orthopaedic Patient
After having a severe spinal injury and being told I may never walk again, 85 percent of the time I'm now walking without a cane. Without Dr. Mulconrey, I would be wheelchair-bound. Dr. Mulconrey's welcome at my dinner table anytime.

Mark Fleming

A spine patient who loves to grill –– from Laura, IL.

Dr. Mulconrey changed my quality of life after my neck surgery! Before, I was in pain all the time and now it's only about 10%. I didn't even realize how much pain I was in until it was gone. I'm a very happy patient and would never hesitate to see him again if I need to.

A patient of Dr. Mulconrey

Alicia Ruemelin Midwest Orthopaedic Patient
Dr. Bell helped me stay on top of my back problems — always with quick, attentive service. He even got a second opinion from another specialist within the practice. Everything I need is all under one roof.

Alicia Ruemelin

A back patient who loves to play and coach volleyball –– from Morton, IL.

Two words: professional and efficient. Don't put it off. It's only been two months since my surgery, and I'm doing things I haven't done in years.

Linda Beirise

A thumb joint arthroplasty patient who loves to quilt –– from Groveland, IL.

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