Back and Neck
All levels and types of back pain are welcome and seen at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics. At the Spine and Pain Center we will help in diagnosing, treating and caring for your pain, disorders, and back/neck conditions.
Board-certified, fellowship trained surgeons, physicians, PAs and PTs work collaboratively to provide care plans designed specifically to fit your unique needs. Pain is as individualized as you are. The team will aim to pinpoint and diagnose the source of your pain, get the answers quickly and start a care plan right for you. It may be that your condition and your personal goals are more appropriate for physical therapy, or you may need a less conservative approach and minimally invasive surgery is your best option.
Services in the Spine and Pain Center:
Non-surgical Spine Care
The non-surgical spine care team treats patients who need extra attention pinpointing the source of their pain, usually by focusing on the nerves. PMR is short for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a sub-specialty focused on treating a wide range of nerve and muscle conditions, injuries, illnesses and disorders, including pain management. The medical team accurately pinpoints the cause of the pain then determines a treatment plan with therapies to restore function and quality of life. The goal is to decrease pain and improve performance, without surgery.
Non-surgical Spine Care team:
Injection therapy, often offered by both surgical and non-surgical teams, can be prescribed for diagnostic (investigating the problem) and therapeutic (treating the problem) reasons. If your symptoms respond well to injection therapy, our doctors can learn additional information that may help determine whether you are a surgical candidate, and can confirm where in the spine your pain symptoms are coming from. This is crucial information for our teams. Patients appreciate the convenience of our Injection Therapy, because they are done in-house, eliminating the need of having to wait weeks to receive pain-relieving injections. Usually, patients receive injection therapy same day or next day, helping with a fast recovery and return to activity. This shortens the time off work, and lessens the risk of further deconditioning. The Northern Arizona Orthopaedics Spine and Pain Center has a nationally accredited EMG laboratory with Exemplary Status from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM).
This pain clinic within the Spine and Pain Center, is designed for those living with chronic pain who are motivated by self-care and interested in all available treatments beyond medication therapy. We understand that pain is much more than just a physical sensation. It’s a holistic condition, which affects the whole person, mentally, behaviorally and spiritually, too. Our services focus on a comprehensive approach to pain management.
- Our patients are motivated to improve quality of life and function
- Our patients are motivated to practice self-care and wellness
- Our patients want to avoid 100-percent reliance on opioid medications to manage their pain
- Our pain specialist will discuss requirements with you in detail, before any care plan is agreed upon
- Keep in mind, a referral from your Primary Care Provider is required.
- To learn if the Pain Wellness Clinic is right for you, please read through this information.
Pain Wellness Clinic specialist:
To make an appointment in the Spine and Pain Center, the Pain Wellness Clinic or with any of the providers listed above, please call 928-774-7757.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
Most spine-related injuries and disorders can be effectively treated without surgery, often times through interventional (non-surgical) pain care. If surgery is needed, our surgeons use advanced methods that will reduce trauma to the tissues, reduce pain, provide quicker recovery times and allow for a faster return to work or activities. Minimally invasive surgeries have incisions that are less than an inch long (instead of three inches) so there is less blood loss, less tissue disruption, smaller scars, and a less painful recovery.
Spine and Pain Center Medical Team
Expert Doctors in this Area
Expert PAs and NPs in this Area of Expertise
Michelle Boyer, PA-C
Stephen Randazzo, N.P.