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.

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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.  

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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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Dr. William Hunter, MD

Dr. William Hunter, Neurosurgeon of Neuroscience & Spine Center of the Carolinas in Gastonia, North CarolinaDr. Hunter has been practicing Neurosurgery for over a decade.  He has been involved with new and innovative techniques for spinal surgery throughout this time.  Dr Hunter currently teaches minimally invasive spine techniques across the United States.

He received his undergraduate degree in Biology at Denison University in Ohio and then obtained a Masters Degree at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, in Physiology and Biophysics. On completion of his Masters he went to Georgetown Medical School, where he also completed his residency.  Dr. Hunter then joined the University of Wisconsin, as an assistant professor where he trained neurosurgery residents and medical students in medical and surgical treatments of brain and spine diseases.  Two years later, Dr. Hunter left the University of Wisconsin to pursue his carrier as a Spine surgeon in a private practice.  He joined Neuroscience and Spine Center of the Carolinas, where he has been working since 2000.

Dr. Hunter has been involved in the spinal program at Caromont Regional Hospital, since the beginning of his carrier and is considered as a leader for bringing new and innovative micro surgical techniques to the hospital and his patients. The hospital has been awarded top on the list for “Best Hospital’s in North Carolina”, with the spine program deemed as one of the best in the state.
Providing the best possible quality care to his patients is Dr. Hunter’s main concern. Although he runs a very busy private practice, he still makes sure that he finds the time to teach.  His lectures and seminars usually revolve around new and innovative minimally invasive spine surgical techniques.  He has taught spinal surgery at Duke University and also teaches across the United States providing his expertise on spinal surgery.  He is very passionate about what he does and always strives to deliver the best care to his patients.  He has been board certified since 2001 with the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.