Dr. Steven Leckie: Seeing a spine specialist does not necessarily mean that we will recommend spine surgery. The majority of patients I see in the office every day in fact we recommend against an operation because there are conservative management options that might be better for them and can be very effective. Some patients may require an operation if their conservative management has failed and their symptoms are very bothersome every day. And spine surgery has really evolved in the last several years making it safer or minimally invasive, helping patients recover faster and preserve motion. If you are experiencing significant back or neck pain, pain that radiates down the arm or the leg, come and see us for a treatment plan that is designed for your specific problem. We have on-site imaging as well as on-site physical therapy and we have spine specialists who do both surgical and non-surgical management of back and neck problems.