Degenerative and Rheumatologic Spinal Disorders

This information is useful for adults and older adults
back pain
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our doctors use advanced technology to diagnose and treat degenerative spine disorders.
  • Our doctors specialize in complex surgeries.
  • We draw on the expertise of specialists from different departments.

More than 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. While most of this pain is only temporary, pain caused by chronic spinal problems can lead to disability and reduced quality of life.

These problems can be caused by wear and tear on the joints (degenerative disorders) or inflammation from an autoimmune response in the body (rheumatologic disorders).

At Yale Medicine, experts from the fields of neurosurgery, neurology, orthopaedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation (also called physiatry), and physical therapy work together to diagnose these conditions and identify the most effective—and least invasive—treatment options for every patient.