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Back Pain Specialist

Kellogg Brain and Spine

Spinal Disorders & Neurosurgeon located in Portland, OR & Wilsonville, OR

In most cases, back pain resolves within a few days or a few weeks. However, some people continue to have back pain that lasts months or years. When conservative treatments no longer provide relief from chronic back pain, back surgery may be the next step. Jordi X. Kellogg, MD, and the team at Kellogg Brain and Spine in Portland and Wilsonville, Oregon, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain and perform many types of back surgery. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain may occur suddenly after a bad fall or accident, or it may develop slowly. Conditions causing back pain may include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Fracture
  • Spinal irregularities
  • Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cervical or lumbar radiculopathy
  • Spondylolisthesis

You can develop back pain at any age; however, your risk of developing back pain increases as you get older. 

When should I consider surgery for my back pain?

In most cases, back pain is acute and resolves within a few days or a few weeks. However, about 20% of people with acute back pain develop chronic back pain and continue to experience discomfort for months or years.

Treatment for chronic back pain may include pain medication, physical therapy, or spinal injections. If conservative treatments no longer help and your pain affects your ability to manage your daily responsibilities, it may be time to consider back surgery.

Unfortunately, back surgery can’t solve all causes of back pain. The neurological surgery experts at Kellogg Brain and Spine determine if back surgery is the best choice for your back pain during a comprehensive evaluation. 

What types of back surgery can relieve my back pain?

The team at Kellogg Brain and Spine are spine surgery experts and perform many procedures that may help you get relief from your back pain. The types of back surgeries they perform include:

Disc replacement

Disc replacement surgery benefits patients that have chronic back pain from severely damaged intervertebral discs. 

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)

The surgical experts at Kellogg Brain and Spine perform ACDF to relieve pain, numbness, and weakness in the neck and upper back caused by fractures, degenerative disease, or congenital abnormality. 

Cervical posterior foraminotomy

Cervical posterior foraminotomy relieves pain, weakness, or tingling sensations caused by foraminal stenosis, a narrowing of the cervical spine that causes nerve compression. 


The team at Kellogg Brain and Spine performs a laminectomy to relieve nerve compression from spinal stenosis or a herniated disc. 

Lumbar fusion

During a lumbar fusion, the surgeons fuse one or more of your vertebral bones to alleviate persistent lower back pain.  

Decompression discectomy

Decompression discectomy is a minimally invasive back surgery that relieves nerve compression from a herniated disc.

Spinal cord stimulator

For chronic back pain conditions not caused by nerve compression, the team may recommend a spinal cord stimulator. The implanted device sends low electrical currents through wires near your spinal cord, altering pain signals to alleviate discomfort.

To learn more about treatment for your back pain from the surgical spine experts at Kellogg Brain and Spine, call the office or book an appointment online today.