Experienced Experts in Treating Neurological Spine Disorders

The Stanford Neurological Spine Disorders Clinic provides comprehensive spine care and neurosurgery to treat spinal trauma, disease and deformity in adults and children at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children's Health.

Neurological Spine Disorders Clinic at Boswell Building
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-723-6469 Getting Here
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300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-723-6469 Getting Here

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment of Neurological Spine Disorders

Conservative Therapy

What is conservative therapy?

Not all back pain requires surgery and some conditions cannot be corrected with surgery. Many patients benefit from what is called conservative therapy—lifelong lifestyle changes and conservative treatments that help improve and manage symptoms.

Conservative therapy may help reduce your pain level and enhance your ability to function on a day-to-day basis.

What are the types of conservative therapies?

Physical therapy: You may be referred to a physical therapist to learn strengthening or stretching exercises. Strengthening your core with the right exercises may prevent other flairs or lessen the strain on degenerative spine disease. Physical therapy can also be given using a TENS unit or traction.

Pain management: Pain management can involve reviewing your medications and making recommendations. Procedures or therapies may also be suggested, such as injections or stimulators.

Physiatry: This treatment involves an evaluation and assessment of how you use your body and how you can make changes to manage or improve your symptoms or functionality to improve your quality of life.
Complementary medicine: Alternative therapies such as acupuncture may be recommended.

Weight management: Reducing your overall weight puts less stress on your back and your entire body.

Stress management: Reducing stress may reduce your level of pain. Many patients find their pain level is the highest when they are under the most stress. There are many ways to healthfully reduce your stress. Some options are breathing techniques, imagery, self-hypnosis, meditation, yoga or relaxation through music.

Biofeedback: This technique is used to control your body's response and to gain better awareness of its physiologic functions.

Heat/ice therapy: Five to 20 minute intervals of applying either heat or ice can be beneficial for some people. It is important not to use heat or ice directly on the skin and to use safety precautions to avoid injury from excessive heat or cold.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

For Patients


  • Send medical records before your appointment
  • Bring any MRI or CT films
  • Plan on being at the clinic for approximately one to two hours


To reorder a prescription, have your pharmacy call 650-723-4720 or fax a refill request to 650-725-0390.

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561
Email: IMS@stanfordmed.org

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For Health Care Professionals


Phone: 1-866-742-4811 
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday,  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Phone: 1-800-800-1551,  24 hours - 7 days a week

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.


To refer a new patient or ask questions regarding a referral, call 650-723-6469. For urgent referrals, call 650-723-6661 and request the spine neurosurgeon on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You may also fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.


Call us at 650-723-6469 if you have questions about a patient.

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