NeuroChicago specialists treat a wide range of pain disorders, from common back pain and neck pain, to facial pain, to various types of headaches. These practitioners have specialized expertise in utilizing an array of therapies, medications and other non-surgical means to control pain. Unfortunately, in some circumstances, non-invasive or minimally invasive therapies are not effective and surgical options, including Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery, should be explored. At that point patients are referred to a highly trained, subspecialized, neurosurgeons who might be able to provide a surgical solution.

The following sections of this website provide an overview of back pain and neck pain, facial pain and headaches, along with the various treatment options available. If you have further questions regarding our services, or would like to schedule an appointment with a Drs. Doppenberg, Karahalios or Farhat, please call 708.684.4029.

Neck pain

Neck pain accounts for almost 1% of all visits to a primary care physician in the United States and may result from abnormalities in the soft tissues – the muscles, ligaments, and nerves – as well as in bones and joints of the spine.

Types of neck pain

  • Diagnosis of neck pain
  • Treatment of neck pain

Low Back pain

Ninety percent of lower back pain (LBP) cases are benign and typically subside within six weeks regardless of treatment method. The diagnosis and treatment of the remaining 10 percent are more challenging, however, and demand strict adherence—both from the physician and the patient—to the latest clinical guidelines and recommendations. Based on current literature, a multidisciplinary approach combining drug treatment with physical and patient education has proven to be the most successful treatment of back pain.

  • Diagnosis of Low Back Pain
  • Treatment of Low Back Pain

Facial pain

  • Trigeminal neuralgia


  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Cluster Headache
  • Tension Headache