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For over 50 years, Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic has defined Alaskan orthopedics. With the strength of experience, our back, neck, and spine doctors deliver the specialized care Alaskans need to stay strong in AnchorageEagle River, and South Anchorage, Alaska.

Back pain can make everyday life unbearable. A back injury of any kind can prove debilitating, but the good news is that back pain can be effectively treated and relieved. The first step is visiting a physician who specializes in orthopedic spine care and treatments for back pain.

Our back and spinal specialists can provide you with the treatment options you need for symptom relief. Our surgeons provide our patients with an accurate diagnosis and the care they need to regain functionality, whether that involves surgery for the back or spine or nonsurgical treatment options for pain and other symptoms. 

The first step to gaining back pain relief is meeting with a physician who can perform a full health evaluation. This may entail an examination and/or imaging, such as X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Your doctor will use this data to determine what's causing your back pain before discussing some of the treatment methods that can restore your health.

Our back and spine specialists see patients with a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Chronic pain, including spine pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs (lumbar and cervical)
  • Nerve damage
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Recurring spasm
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolysis

After diagnosis, your doctor will talk with you about the available forms of back treatments. Whenever possible, our doctors and surgeons avoid surgery. Sometimes, back or spine pain can be treated through physical therapy, medicine, steroid injections, or even the use of a brace.

In some cases, however, spine surgery may be required. Your surgeon can talk with you about the specifics of the procedure and answer any questions you may have about the process. Your surgery will depend on your unique back or spinal condition, and our spine specialists always strive to use the least invasive techniques in spinal surgery.

When You Should Seek a Back Pain Specialist

Having a sore back every once in a while is not necessarily cause for alarm, but we would recommend seeing a specialist if:

  • You have back pain or neck pain that lasts for more than a couple of days.
  • Your back pain includes numbness or tingling that radiates throughout your body.
  • You have pain or other symptoms that only get worse even when you apply home remedies.
  • Your pain makes it impossible for you to carry out your responsibilities.
  • You injured your back in a traumatic injury, such as a vehicular accident or a sports accident.
  • You need long-term options for pain management.

Our orthopedic spine surgeons are fellowship-trained in the back and spine to provide the surgical or nonsurgical treatment you need. Request an appointment online today to be seen by one of our back surgeons in Anchorage or Eagle River.

Defining Alaskan Orthopedics at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic

As part of our world-class team of orthopedic surgeons and doctors, our back doctors at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic have completed additional training specifically in the back and spine to offer our patients the highest level of specialized care. With this advanced training, our back doctors, Dr. Gene Falkowski and Dr. Upshur Spencer, have the expertise to treat your injury or condition according to your individual needs and goals.

Whatever back or spine problem you're experiencing, our specialty-trained doctors will help you regain your strength and function. To consult with one of our back specialists in Anchorage or Eagle River, please request an appointment online.

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