Spine (Neck and Back)

The spine refers to the group of bones that make up what we know as the neck and back. Problems with the spine are very common, just about everyone has or will experience spine pain or issues at some point in their life.  A huge range of factors can contribute to spine pain; from your occupation to recreational activities and even genetics, it is sometimes very difficult to pinpoint the cause of back pain. Regardless of the cause, you have options for relief. If pain is limiting you in anyway, it might be time to ask your doctor about seeing an orthopedic specialist.

These specialists, also known as orthopedic surgeons, expertly diagnose and treat orthopedic issues, like spine pain, dysfunction, deformity or trauma. Orthopedic surgeons typically perform an examination, make a diagnosis and prescribe a treatment plan. Treatment options can range from spine surgery to simple, nonsurgical pain management. Your surgeon should thoroughly explain your options and the expected outcomes for each.


At the Loma Linda University Health Department of Orthopedic Surgery, you will find a facility and staff focused on you. It is our goal to continue the healing mission of Jesus Christ “to make man whole”. We aim to treat all of our patients with the same love and compassion of the ultimate healer.

We know the medical needs and circumstances of each patient are different and tailor treatment options to best serve you. Our physicians take time to understand your concerns, educate you about the problem and recommended the best treatment options. Each treatment plan is customized and driven by you. We believe that with the guidance and expertise of our surgeons, you are the best person to decide which treatment will be best for your long term health. Our team is here for support as you lead the way to your own recovery.

Our surgeons are authorities within their area of interest and have dedicated their lives to treating patients with conditions very similar to your own. In fact, our physicians are responsible for developing and teaching the latest techniques and technology to their colleagues and residents. They also often take on complex cases that other clinics refuse to treat; sometimes fixing failed surgeries done at other clinics. This means that when you come to our clinic with spine pain, you will see an orthopedic spine expert who is looking forward to providing you with the best possible outcome for your pain.

Spine conditions treated

Our team of specialists is capable of providing solutions to all spine related issues, some of these conditions include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Herniated disk
  • Fractures and strains
  • Trauma/injury
  • Osteoperosis
  • Radiculopaty
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylosis (arthritis of the spine)
  • Compressed spinal cord
  • Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Muscular torticollis
  • Kyphosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica

    Treatment tailored to your specific needs

    Our care providers are trained and experienced in all areas of orthopedic treatment, surgical and beyond. While we are a surgical center, our focus is on providing the treatment that the patient wants and needs even if that is not surgery.


    Our surgeons are very particular about uniquely treating every condition and patient. Occasionally, surgery is not the only or best option for our patients. In these cases, our surgeons may prescribe one or a combination of the following nonsurgical therapy options:

    • Physical Therapy
    • Injections (cortisone)
    • Inflammation Management
      • NSAID (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflamitory Drug) Therapy
      • Hot/Cold Treatment
    • Platelet rich plasma injections
    • Stem Cell
    • Education
    • Weight loss/diet
    • Nonprescription medication and supplements


    We offer a complete range of surgical treatment options including the following:

    • Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS)
    • Spinal fusion
    • Artificial disk replacement
    • Diskectomy
    • Failed surgery correction
    • Verteboplasty
    • Kyphoplasty