Spine

Your spine gives your body structure and support, allowing you to move about freely and to bend with flexibility. It also encloses and protects your spinal cord which is a column of nerves that transmits signals from your brain to the rest of your body. You need a healthy spine to live a full and active life.

From Your Neck to Your Lower Back…Expert Orthopedic Care

More than 80 percent of Americans will be affected by back or neck pain at some time during their lives and may need to seek the care of a spine physician. 

We evaluate and treat most disorders and diseases of the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back) and lumbosacral (lower back) areas of the spine. 

Our skilled spine team includes Dr. J. Michael Simpson, Dr. Jed S. Vanichkachorn, and Dr. Walter N. Rabhan.

Our spine team is well-respected in the medical community, offering decades of combined experience along with specialized fellowship training in both orthopedics and neurosurgery. This means you can be assured of state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment.

Our goal is to help you:

  • Understand your back or neck pain
  • Return to an active, productive lifestyle as quickly as possible
  • Learn lifestyle changes which may minimize recurring episodes of neck and/or back pain and problems.

No Two Patients Are the Same

You can expect a thorough evaluation, which may include additional diagnostic testing.  Our physicians have many tools to help determine the cause of pain...including X-ray and MRI.   An optimal diagnosis requires an understanding of both the anatomical source of the patient’s symptoms and also the context in which the patient lives with his problem.  We understand that each patient is unique and will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Spinal problems are usually caused by injury, congenital deformity, degeneration, or disease.  Most of our patients are experiencing neck, mid-back, and low back pain related to:

Dr. Van treats a patient

  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Congenital deformities, including scoliosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Injuries, including sport-related and work-related injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal instability
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Traumatic or pathologic spinal fractures, including compression fractures

Most Patients Will Not Require Surgery

We understand that most patients with back and neck pain will not require surgery, but do need education, guidance and access to the best in non-operative care. Conservative treatments may include physical therapy, exercise, medication, injection therapy, bracing, and/or referrals to interventional pain management.

If physical therapy is required, please know you will have access to our on-site Physical Therapy Center if that is convenient to where you live or work.

If surgery is necessary, both Dr. Simpson and Dr. Vanichkachorn are skilled in minimally invasive surgical procedures, Kyphoplasty, Vertebroplasty, X-Stop Interspinous Implants, cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacement, as well as reconstructive spine surgery. 

We understand that the best patient is a well informed patient; so we will support you to ensure you are well-educated about your condition, the proposed treatment plan, postoperative care and also rehabilitation.  Our physicians and their medical staff will work with you until you are recovered.

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