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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Age: 63
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Surgeon: Dr. William Hunter
Indications: stenosis
Procedure: XLIF®
Levels treated: L2-4
Surgery date: November 8, 2010

“Having back pain and going through failed surgeries does more than just hurt your body, it takes away the joy and hope in your life. I was walking just hours after my surgery and was completely pain-free just days after that. I can now spend my time enjoying the things I love rather than feeling like I am suffering 24/7.” – Laurette

Life prior to surgery:
When her traditional spine surgery in April 2009 failed to relieve the chronic back pain she had been suffering with for years, Laurette went into severe depression. Her unrelenting pain limited her ability to work and made it hard for her to sit, stand or lie down. She was often forced to crawl on the floor just to get around. She was miserable and was desperate to find a solution to the pain that was ruining her life. Still, she was scared at the thought of another back surgery but wasn’t ready to consider herself “over the hill” yet. Subsequently, Laurette tried every conservative treatment option she could find including physical therapy, epidural injections and prescription medications to get her life back. Unfortunately, none of the treatments provided any long-term pain relief.

As her pain became increasingly worse, Laurette realized her options were limited — she would either need another spine surgery or be forced to purchase a power chair in order to get around. Wrestling with what to do, she visited her family doctor who suggested she see spine surgeon, Dr. William Hunter. At her initial consultation, Dr. Hunter explained the benefits of XLIF® surgery that used a lateral approach to access the spine which made recovery much different from what she had experienced with her first back operation. Excited at the possibility of a solution to her pain, she scheduled her XLIF® procedure for November 2010.

Situation today:
After undergoing the XLIF® operation, Laurette was amazed at how quickly she recovered. Her chronic back pain disappeared immediately, and she was walking just a few hours after the surgery. She returned home a day later feeling better than she had in years! Laurette now enjoys walking and spending time with her husband and is looking forward to being able to participate in activities like gardening and cooking —  things she had virtually given up prior to her operation. She is passionate about her successful XLIF® outcome and the tremendous difference it has made in her life and wants to tell the world.


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