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Spine Conditions and Treatments

spine_copyIf you have a neck or back condition, you probably have high levels of pain and dysfunction. Common spinal ailments can make it difficult to work, sleep, or even to get out of bed. Problems of the spine can also create anxiety and even fear.

Diagnosing Spinal Conditions

Spinal conditions can be very complex to diagnose and to treat effectively. That is why it is so important to see an experienced spine specialist, who can evaluate your situation accurately and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

At Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, all of our physicians treat common neck and back problems that involve the spine.

Complex Spinal Conditions


Some of our patients visit us after years of seeking medical treatment for their spinal problems. For complex spinal conditions, injuries, tumors and all types of spinal surgical problems, our spine specialist, John K. Starr, MD, has more than twenty years experience in the exclusive practice of spinal surgery. Learn more about treatment for complex spinal conditions, including complex spine surgery. 

Spine Treatment

Many spinal conditions do not warrant surgery. Our physicians may recommend the following treatments:

  • Pain management
  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle modifications, including sleeping, exercise and posture

Spine Surgery

If you do need surgery, you will probably meet with Dr. Starr. Learn more about spine surgeryIf you and Dr. Starr decide on surgery, our office staff will help you scheduling, any necessary pre-operative testing and insurance carrier requirements for authorization. We will provide you with a twelve-month schedule of follow-up and assist you with any employer requirements as well.

Some spinal conditions we treat:

  • Cervical disc herniation
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal deformity
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • The multiply-operated spine or, "failed back syndrome"
  • Facet cysts
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spine infections
  • Spinal fractures/injuries

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SPINE specialists

John K.
Starr, MD
About Dr. Starr
Dr. John K. Starr, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in complex spinal surgery. Dr. Starr’s sub-specializations include complex deformity, revision reconstruction, spinal trauma and tumors.


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