The Spine & Back Blog

TOTEventImageJoin Dr. William Hunter and staff as we participate in the Warlick Family YMCA Trick or Trail Run at the Warlick Family YMCA (2221 Robinwood Road, Gastonia, NC 28054) on Saturday, October 23rd. As the title sponsor, all of us at the Neuroscience & Spine Center of the Carolinas would love to see you come out, have  a great time, and support a wonderful organization.

Warlick Family YMCA

The Trick or Trail Run supports the Warlick Family YMCA, a non-profit organization committed to helping members of our community live a balanced, healthy life in spirit, mind and body. The YMCA makes a positive impact in the Gaston County community through encouraging wellness and family on their beautiful 118 acre campus.

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Download our event brochure or visit the Warlick Family YMCA Trick or Trail Run website to register now.



Join Dr. William Hunter and staff as they participate in the Gaston County Walk for Wellness at Gaston Christian School on the 26th of June. Supporting the fighters, admiring the survivors, and honoring the taken. As an annual event, the Walk for Wellness to benefit Cancer Services of Gaston County, but the overall mental and physical health of their participants. 

Walk for WellnessDr. Hunter has been a long-time supporter of Cancer Services of Gaston County. Cancer Services aids clients within the community with education and support for cancer patients, family members, as well as caregivers. 

The fair is free to participate! Invite your friends, neighbors, family members, and bring your pets. Enjoy a morning walk to benefit cancer, and invite your friends and family to sponsor a donation or make a contribution in memory of a loved one. Music and refreshments are provided. Come join us for a fun Saturday morning 9am - 12pm, June 26, 2021.

Female with back pain speaking with neurosurgeonBack and neck pain affects thousands of people. Sometimes, the pain is acute; sometimes it chronic back and neck pain. People manage this type of pain in many different ways. Sometimes they rely on non-surgical treatments for back pain like medication--both prescription and over the counter or non pharmacological treatment for pain like heating and cold solutions or stretching. If back pain continues, however, it's important to have it investigated by a physician who specializes in back and neck issues. In fact, your primary care doctor is likely to refer you to a spine specialist if your back pain continues unabated. If you're coping with back pain that will not subside, it's important to visit a spine specialist for help.

Getting to the Root of Neck & Back Pain

Often, people can pinpoint when and why their back and neck pain began. They may have suffered a back muscle sprain or strain after performing yard work or moving furniture. This type of back injury may clear up on its own after a few days or, in some cases, a few weeks. When back pain persists, over-the-counter medications can often be used to treat the issue during the healing process.

Chronic neck and back pain is another type of problem altogether. Your physician may have told you that if your back or neck pain persists for more than 12 weeks, you likely need a different sort of treatment or medical intervention. In many cases, your physician will refer you to a spine specialist like a neurosurgeon who can diagnose the problem and prescribe a remedy.

Your neurosurgeon is likely to discuss the various causes for your back or neck pain such as:

There may be other causes that your spine specialist can point to depending on your specific circumstances.

How Can a Neurosurgeon Help?

A neurosurgeon will review x rays and other tests in order to help with diagnosing back pain. Non-surgical treatments, like physical therapy, acupuncture, traction, and massage, to provide back pain relief are always considered first. Your spine specialist might recommend weight loss or lifestyle changes to help you combat pain and address the root cause of your back pain. If a surgical procedure is indicated to treat your back pain, your neurosurgeon will discuss minimally invasive procedures, stem cell injections, and spine surgery with you.

Dr. William Hunter, back and spine specialist

If you are concerned about back or neck pain you've been experiencing, make an appointment with Dr. William Hunter, spine specialist and neurosurgeon at NSSC Spine Clinic. He has the experience and expertise needed to treat all types of back pain. The NSSC Spine Clinic has been serving Gastonia and the broader Charlotte, NC area including Belmont, Mount Holly, Gaston County, Meckleburg County, and portions of South Carolina for over 20 years.

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Charlotte Talks interview with Dr. William D. Hunter and Bill Walton

Nov. 9, 2012, Charlotte Talks interview with Dr. William D. Hunter of Neuroscience & Spine Center of the Carolinas and patient, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton.



As a former professional athlete, I can tell you that back pain is something that's no joke, and I would never laugh at anybody else for back pain. 

It comes with the job, I think. It affects millions of people. We welcome back Bill Walton along with Dr. William Hunter from Neuroscience & Spine Center of the Carolinas. Dr. Hunter, thank you for joining in the conversation. Bill, before we get to know you, I know that you did suffer with back pain for 30 plus years.

I've got bad feet, bad foundation, knee injuries - it worked its way up the line - plus I broke my spine when I was playing for UCLA in 1974. So it all comes together five years, 10 months ago, my spine collapses. I spent three years on the ground. I had no idea what to do with my life. It's just incredibly excruciating, debilitating, and unrelenting pain, but then I found a doctor and a great medical device company Nuvasive that saved my life. That's absolutely incredible, and how do you ever begin to thank the people that saved your life, and that's why I'm here. I go around - I spend all my time today working with people telling him to step back from the bridge, tell him to put that gun down - because what happens is that it's so bad - it's so awful, and I was there; it was that serious. It was awful, and it just takes away from you; you can't move. I'm lying there on the ground for 3 years, and it was absolutely terrible, but I waited too long, I didn't know anybody, and so we have a Better Way Back organization ( Our phone number is 800-745-7099, and we are patient advocates and support systems to help people believe that there is life after back surgery, and the Revolutionary techniques that Dr. Hunter is using - that Nuvasive and the doctors have helped to develop, and the new equipment, technology, and techniques is totally revamped. I'm the luckiest guy in the world. I have no pain, and I take no medication. I had no idea what life was like without back pain. It is a miracle what’s happened to me. 

We know that back pain is very prevalent - talk about these cutting-edge technologies that Bill is speaking of that have changed his life. 

Colleen, Gene - I think in the grand scheme of things we know that back pain is the number one reason why people go to the doctor's, right? There's a problem that we need to help patients with, and a way to do that could be undergoing some minimally invasive spine surgery, and there are new techniques like Bill was talking about. There's new fancy techniques that we can do nowadays that we wouldn't dream of doing before. We are in the operating room doing these fancy techniques, able to reconstruct the spine safely so there's less pain, less time in the operating room, less hospitalization stay. All these things are going to benefit patients so they can get back to work, get back to their families, and get back to their job.

The revolution that has taken over every part of our world's technology, science - everything - has come to back surgery. Nuvasive, Dr. Hunter, they're driving this to ever-new heights. It’s absolutely incredible: the less blood loss, the less chance of infection with the minimally-invasive procedure. There used to be big long giant cuts; nobody ever had a positive thing to say about it. Now it’s little tiny incisions, and you're in and out of that hospital, and it's the greatest.

Do you think that’s why people wait so long? You said you waited too long; you've talked about that before - is it because they fear what it could - what I think it is. I was terrified; I've had 36 orthopedic operations, but those were on joints and bones - this was my spine. I never talked to a single person before my surgery. I didn't know about invasive. I didn't know about the Better Way Back organization. I didn't know that about minimally invasive surgery. I was told by my friend Jim Gray, the legendary broadcaster. I was on the floor and able to think, unable to eat, unable to move. It was absolutely terrible, and without having ever talked to anybody about the positive aspects of what can be done here, and people like the Doctor Hunter and Nuvasive - they've saved my life, and so now I just go around ringing the chimes of freedom all the time.

One last question: who's the luckiest guy?

I’m the luckiest guy. I’m the luckiest guy in the world.

You can find Doctor Hunter at the Neuroscience and Spine Center of the Carolinas. It's just a short drive from Charlotte. The number 704-864-5550. It's good to see you as always and just such a pleasure to meet you.

I can't wipe the smile off my face. I had no idea what life was like without back pain. 

Oh my gosh, Dr. Hunter, thank you thank you.