Spine Health Center

If you suffer from pain in the neck or back, you know how debilitating it can be. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for lost work hours, but it doesn’t have to be. The Spine Health Center, part of the Orthopedic & Spine Institute at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, provides a comprehensive approach to the nonsurgical management of the neck and spine. 

The Spine Health Center represents a powerful collaboration between physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation), physical therapists, interventionalists (physicians trained to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures) and surgeons who work together to deliver highly coordinated care for any type of back and neck pain. Our providers guide you through each step of the care process, educating you on how to best manage your spinal and back pain to improve your quality of life.

To make an appointment call (602) 521-3250.

About the Institute

The Spine Health Center, part of the Orthopedic & Spine Institute at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, leverages partnerships between Banner Health, the University of Arizona College of Medicine and The CORE Institute. 

At the Spine Health Center, our physicians and physical therapists evaluate you together on your first visit. They then develop a coordinated plan of care to address your specific concerns, collaborating with a variety of specialists to help you learn to take control of your neck and back pain. Referrals are often provided for:  

  • Interventional pain management
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychology
  • Chiropractic care

Surgery is rarely the preferred treatment for back pain. Instead, our spine experts focus on therapies and lifestyle changes that teach you how to control and prevent back and neck pain flare ups.

To make an appointment call (602) 521-3250.

Institute Leadership

Center Leadership:

Michael Crincoli, MD - Center Director (interim)

Patient Education

Education is provided to patients about their individual spine health and the many myths about back pain. Our spine experts teach patients how manage their spinal health to prevent further intervention and reduce their pain.


The University of Arizona, in coordination with Banner – University Medicine, conducts a variety of research studies and clinical trials to support a commitment to improving patient care. As a patient at Banner – University Medical Center, you may be eligible to participate, meaning you’ll have access to new treatments which may not yet be available to the public.

Fellowship and Residency Programs

Orthopedic residency program
Hand, upper extremity and microsurgery fellowship

Health and Prevention

Most back and neck pain can be controlled and even prevented by understanding the risk factors and living a healthy lifestyle. Let’s debunk a few common myths about back pain.

  • Bed rest – Prolonged bed rest or inactivity is associated with worse outcomes for chronic low back pain. Be active.
  • There’s nothing I can do – With the right education and regular exercise, you can control your back pain and reduce the incidence of flare ups.
  • Pain medications – Long term pain medication is not the answer to back pain as it promotes dependence and other side effects.
  • Weekend exercise is enough – Ironically weekend warriors are at high risk for back injuries. Regular and appropriate exercise is the best prescription for protecting your back and neck.
  • Posture is not important – Actually your posture greatly impacts your neck and spine. Incorrect posture and poor lifting technique can put unhealthy pressure on your spine.
  • Surgery – Surgery is not the preferred treatment for disc pain. In fact, only 5% to 10% of people with herniated discs require surgery.
  • My health does not contribute to my pain – Diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and peripheral vascular disease all contribute directly to low back pain. A low fat, low sugar, high fiber diet that includes cruciferous vegetables is recommended.