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Spine Care

Physician Credentials

  • Board Certified

    • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (ABPM&R)

    • Subspecialty Certification – Sports Medicine

    • Subspecialty Certification – Pain Management

    • American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

  • Board Examiner

    • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (ABPM&R)

    • American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM)

  • Presenter/Expert

    • American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPM&R)

    • American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

    • North American Spine Society (NASS) 


Many people have reasonable questions and fears regarding spinal conditions. They hear horror stories of family members undergoing painful injections, surgery, getting their “backs cracked,” or becoming paralyzed.  Thankfully, the truth is that although there are emergency conditions of the spine, they are extremely rare and most patients have complete resolution of their symptoms with self care alone. For those patients that have persistent or recurrent spine pain, non-operative care is extremely effective.  At Spine & Sports Physiatrists we treat thousands of patients every year, sending on average only 5-10 patients for surgical treatment yearly. This includes patients with “severe” conditions including herniated discs, pinched nerves, and spinal stenosis.

At Spine & Sports Physiatrists, our physicians specialize in elite level spine diagnosis and treatment. Our physicians have taught surgeons and non-surgical specialists-in-training from almost every major medical school in Chicago, and have been acknowledged for their excellence in teaching.  We have been invited to give Grand Rounds to physicians at multiple local universities and hospitals as well as being invited to speak at national and international meetings regarding spinal diagnosis and management. University physicians trust us with their patients for precision diagnosis and ongoing treatment. Physicians commonly rely on us for diagnosis and care of their patients, selves and families.

Physiatrists are physicians that specialize in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. They perform physical examinations, make diagnoses, prescribe medicine, prescribe physical therapy and perform spinal injections. Although many spine physicians do similar procedures, physiatrists are also trained to alleviate and prevent disability.  No other specialty has the level of understanding of disability as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  The big difference in seeing a physiatrist is that physiatrists coordinate the many aspects of non-surgical treatment to “give you the green light” to move on with your life, while avoiding surgery. You will notice the difference.

We treat the following spine conditions:

  • Low back pain

  • Degenerated discs

  • Neck pain

  • Spinal stenosis

  • Thoracic pain

  • Sciatica and radiculopathy

  • Facet joint cysts

  • Compression fractures

  • Herniated discs

  • Stress fractures

  • Arthritis of the spine

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