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Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic has defined Alaskan orthopedics for over 50 years. With the strength of experience, our spine doctors deliver the specialized care Alaskans need to stay strong.

Back and spine pain should not be taken lightly. When you have spinal discomfort for an extended period of time or other forms of chronic pain, it could point to a serious underlying condition related to your spine, spinal cord, or nerves that may worsen if you don't seek the appropriate care. Our spine surgeons are here to provide that care, diagnosing and treating spinal injuries and helping you feel like yourself again.

When you meet with a doctor in our practice, the first step will always be evaluation. As the patient, you'll be asked to give the physician a detailed medical history. You may also need a physical exam, X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or electrodiagnostics.

Our spine specialists are experienced in identifying and treating several types of spinal injury and pain, including:

  • Cervical conditions (neck conditions)
  • Chronic spine pain or lumbar pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Genetic spinal conditions
  • Herniated discs
  • Kyphosis
  • Neurological conditions (nerve conditions)
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine problems related to sports injuries
  • Spondylolisthesis

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For adolescent, pediatric, or idiopathic scoliosis, Dr. Upshur Spencer is an expert in the care of scoliosis. He provides nonsurgical treatment options, which include exercises, bracing, and follow-up to treat scoliosis.

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Specialized Spine Care at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic

Once the correct diagnosis is made, the next step is determining the best course of treatment. In some cases, this may mean meeting with a spine surgeon. Our doctors attempt to treat pain related to the spine through conservative measures. When surgery is required, our surgeons employ the latest minimally invasive techniques whenever possible to provide our patients with optimal outcomes.

For those who don't need spine surgery, there are a number of options for pain management and rehabilitation, including physical therapy. Medicine can also help alleviate pain in your spine and prolong the need for surgery. Our physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor can provide a comprehensive range of minor interventional procedures, including ultrasound-guided injections, to minimize back pain.

When these treatment options do not work, spine surgery may be required. Our spine surgeons can talk with you in greater detail about your surgical options. Some of the most common forms of spine surgery include artificial disc replacement, and different kinds of spinal fusions, such as lumbar fusion.

If your spine pain is debilitating, we recommend seeing one of our specialists sooner rather than later. Again, spine care is nothing to take lightly, and having your issue treated promptly helps prevent it from turning into something even more serious.

Our orthopedic spine surgeons are fellowship-trained in the specialized treatment of spine injuries and conditions, and our board-certified physiatrist is specialty-trained in nonsurgical spinal treatment. Together, our spine team can provide the care you need. Call 907.563.3145 or request an appointment online today to be seen by one of our spine specialists in Anchorage.

For urgent spine and other musculoskeletal injuries, we accept walk-ins at our Orthopedic Urgent Care Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Defining Alaskan Orthopedics at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic

As part of our world-class team of experts, our spine doctor and surgeons at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic have completed additional training specifically in medical and surgical spine treatment to offer our patients the highest level of specialized care. With this advanced training, our spine care doctors, Dr. Gene Falkowski, Dr. Jared Kirkham, Dr. Davis Peterson, 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 spine specialists in Anchorage, please request an appointment online or call 907.563.3145.

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