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Neuro & Spine Center

Neck or back pain can be overwhelming and seriously impair your everyday life. Chronic neck or back pain also can be a sign of serious spine or nervous system issues. If your physician thinks you could benefit from specialized treatment, ask him or her for a referral to the Cotton O’Neil Neuro & Spine Center.

The specialists at the Neuro & Spine Center treat the entire nervous system — from the brain, down through the spine, and extending to the nerves found in all areas of your body.

Our staff relies on their extensive clinical knowledge and experience to determine whether you need a surgical option or more conservative treatments, such as physical therapy to strengthen your back.

We deliver a custom approach so patients get personalized care plans for their pain. Our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons often consult each other on spine cases and work together in the operating room.

At Cotton O’Neil, we don’t just treat the condition — we treat the entire person. This means we offer additional care including:

  • Post-operative care at home
  • Help with weight management and nutrition, if needed

Our surgeons will follow up with you after the surgery and keep your primary care provider (PCP) in the loop about your condition and treatments. We also encourage you to stay in touch with your primary care provider throughout your treatment process.

Symptoms of a Spine or Nervous System Disorder

The symptoms of the spine or nervous system disorders vary, depending on the location and severity of the disorder. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Back pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness or an inability to feel sensations like a light touch, pain, temperature, etc. — or too much sensitivity to touch
  • Altered reflexes
  • Paralysis
  • A loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • A reduction in sweating
  • A tingling or burning sensation

Conditions We Treat

  • Benign and Malignant Brain Tumors

    A brain tumor is a mass of tissue composed of abnormal cells. It can be benign (meaning it will not invade nearby tissues or spread to other parts of the body) or malignant (meaning it can metastasize, or spread throughout the body). Malignant tumors can grow fast and impact your nervous system: You could have impaired vision, struggle with confusion in daily matters, or have difficulty maintaining your balance.
  • Pituitary Tumors

    The pituitary gland is about the size of a pea. It sits behind the bridge of the nose. Some pituitary tumors disrupt hormone production, causing different symptoms depending on the function of the affected hormone. Pituitary tumors usually don’t grow or spread to other parts of the body, but they can cause big health issues, such as vision loss, headache and sex dysfunction.
  • Spinal Stenosis

    This condition occurs when the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on nerves traveling through the spine. You may feel pain, numbness or tingling in your limbs or torso. The leading cause of spinal stenosis is arthritis.

    Learn more about Spinal Stenosis.

  • Spinal Deformity

    There are several types of spinal deformity. When the spine curves to one side, the condition is called scoliosis. A forward rounding of spine — also known as hunchback — is called kyphosis. These curvatures don’t just impact your appearance. They may also be signs of bone diseases, and in some cases they can cause pain as well.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    This condition occurs when the major nerves in your wrist are compressed, causing numbness or tingling in your hand. If left untreated, this can get worse over time.
  • Ulnar Neuropathy

    The Ulnar nerve is a main nerve in your arm. Ulnar neuropathy commonly occurs after elbow trauma or in chronic nerve compression cases. You may feel numbness or tingling in fingers and weak grip.
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

    Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition usually caused by pressure from an artery or vein on the trigeminal nerve—the nerve that communicates physical sensations to the brain. This condition, which can be triggered by a number of causes, leads to shooting pain that feels like an electric shock.
  • Intraspinal Tumors

    This is an abnormal mass within or surrounding the spinal column or spinal cord. These tumors are relatively rare, but Cotton O’Neil is equipped to treat them with leading-edge technology.
  • Cranial and Spinal Surgeries

    After a traumatic accident or fall, patients can suffer injuries to the head (cranium) or spine. Time is critical in these situations. Our Trauma Response Team mobilizes to treat critically injured patients as quickly as possible and can refer them for surgery — including complex reconstructions of the spine.

Our Treatments & Services

  • Neuronavigation

    Our dedicated Neuro & Spine Center is equipped with neuronavigation––a technology that helps surgeons precisely find the location of a tumor or injury. This allows a more direct surgical approach that can reduce the amount of damage to the body.
  • Pre-operative X-ray Evaluation Software

    By helping surgeons pinpoint the diseased or inflamed area of the spine, this technology can also greatly improve precision during an operation.
  • Neuroendoscopy

    This is another minimally invasive technique, allowing surgeons to make small incisions in the body and insert a tiny scope to guide them. Surgeons can use this technology to remove tumors in the brain.

We provide minimally invasive surgery for:

  • Spinal fusion: Surgery to join two or more bones in the spine, usually to reduce back pain
  • Discectomy:  Surgery to remove material that is extending from a disc and pressing on another disc, causing pain
  • Artificial disk replacement: Replacing a painful disc with an artificial one

Cotton O’Neil Neuro/Spine and Manhattan Surgical Hospital have partnered to offer the diagnosis and surgical care in the Manhattan and surrounding areas. Now, patients can receive consultations, follow-ups and non-surgical treatment at Cotton O’Neil Manhattan and surgical procedures at Manhattan Surgical Hospital.

Meet Our Neurosurgeons and Providers

Our surgeons are trained in all areas of neurosurgery and are either board certified or board eligible (has completed a residency in this specialty). Our team also includes specialized nurse practitioners and physician assistants who help see patients in the clinic and assist surgeons in the operating room.

Next Steps For Patients

Make an Appointment

  •  To make an appointment at the Neuro and Spine Center, call (785) 354-9591.

See a Primary Care Provider

  • Call (785) 270-4440 to schedule an appointment with your Stormont Vail primary care provider.
  • Not a Stormont Vail patient? Call (785) 270-4440 to set up your first appointment with one of our primary care providers.

Check With Your Insurance

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to learn about coverage. Click here for a list of Kansas Insurance Company phone numbers and websites.


You can stay connected to Stormont Vail through our online portal, MyChart. The portal lets you schedule an E-Visit or appointment, renew prescriptions, view your medical records and test results, and contact your care team.

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Next Steps For Referring Providers

Refer Your Patient

  • If you are a Stormont Vail provider, refer your patient via the Epic work queue.
  • If you are an outside provider, call (785) 368-0767 to refer your patient.