Conditions that affect the back and neck can range from the most common to the most complex. University of Utah Health Care neurosugery spine specialists evaluate each patient to provide individualized treatment plans that help get you back to the activities you enjoy. Whether your condition is sports related, due to chronic pain, or disease related, our specialists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of back and neck related problems.

In order to provide easy access and flexibility to our patients, spine evaluations are offered by our physician assistants who are specialty trained in neck and spine disorders. Our physiatrist, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, provides a range of treatment options for back and neck problems with the goal of restoring your function and relieving pain to greatest degree possible. Our specialists use the latest techniques and advanced technologies all in an effort to provide the best care possible for our patients.

Our program can provide or recommend a number of treatment options that include the following:

  • Interventional spine therapies
  • Rehabilitation & physical therapy
  • Spine surgery

Anatomy of the Spine

The vertebral column, also called the backbone, is made up of 33 vertebrae that are separated by spongy disks and classified into 4 distinct areas. The cervical area consists of 7 bony parts in the neck; the thoracic spine consists of 12 bony parts in the back area; the lumbar spine consists of 5 bony segments in the lower back area; 5 sacral* bones; and 4 coccygeal* bones (the number of coccygeal bones can vary from 5 to 3).

(* By adulthood, the 5 sacral vertebrae fuse to form 1 bone, and the 4 coccygeal vertebrae fuse to form 1 bone.)

Back and Neck Basics

  • Anatomy of the Spine

    Your backbone, also called the vertebral column, is made up of 33 vertebrae separated by spongy disks.

  • About Your Neck

    Your neck is a complicated piece of human anatomy. Here's a closer look at this area of the body.

Edgar C. Goldston, Jr., M.D.

Edgar C. Goldston, Jr., MD is actively involved with the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Spine Program at the University of Utah, which incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach to spine care. His clinical interests are in interventional spinal medicine and spinal diagnostics, as well as the... Read More


Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pain Surgery, Spine Evaluation, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care


Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065

Richard W. Kendall, D.O.

Dr. Richard W. Kendall holds board certifications from The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a sub-specialty certification in pain management. Dr. Kendall's focus is on rehabilitation treatments and diagnosis of back and neck pain using interventional spine procedures, electrodiagnosit... Read More


Back, EMG, Electrodiagnosis, Neck, Non-operative Musculoskeletal Disorders, Osteopathic Care, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spine, Spine Evaluation, Sports Medicine


University Orthopaedic Center (801) 587-7109

Sara McEvoy, M.P.A.S.

Receiving her MPAS in 2007, Sara is excited to return to the University of Utah to join the comprehensive spine care team at the Clinical Neurosciences Center. Prior to her arrival in 2012, Sara spent the previous five years working in internal medicine at the 4th Street Homeless Clinic. With her strong interest... Read More


Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Physician Assistant, Spine Evaluation


Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065

Amy L. Whipple, APRN

Amy has been with the University Neurosurgery Spine Team since early 2012. Prior to joining the University System she had been working as a Nurse Practitioner in a local urgent care clinic providing both acute care and primary medicine. When she first graduated from NP school she worked with the local homeless ... Read More


Family Nurse Practitioner, Neuro Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Spine Evaluation


Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-6065
Parkway Health Center (801) 585-6065

University Campus/Research Park

Clinical Neurosciences Center 175 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 585-7575
University Orthopaedics Center 590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
(801) 587-7109

Other Locations

Parkway Health Center 145 W. University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058
(801) 234-8585
South Jordan Health Center 5126 W. Daybreak Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
(801) 213-4500