Where Does it Hurt?


The spine is comprised of 33 bones (24 of which can move) and is attached to both pelvic bones at the sacrum.  Each of the 24 individually stacked bones is separated by an intervertebral disc that acts as a fulcrum to movement and a shock absorber to compressive movements or activities.  The spine’s main job is to protect the spinal cord, the main line of communication between your brain and your entire body.  Muscles and ligaments help dynamically and statically to balance the spine to help sustain postures and act as an anchor to allow for movement of the arms and legs.

OSS recognizes that in some point in our  lifetime most of us will injure our  back or neck badly enough to require time off of work.  Because of this, OSS recognizes the importance of the orthopedic subspecialist.  Dr. Yuri Falkinstein, a recognized board certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon, utilizes the most up to date clinical skills, diagnostic tools, and treatment techniques to care for the spine and its associated structures.  Here are just a few of the common back pain problems successfully cared for by Dr. Falkinstein.

  • Cervical, thoracic, lumbar strains and/or sprains
  • Acute and chronic vertebral fractures
  • Disc injuries including bulges, degenerations, herniations
  • Scoliosis

Dr. Falkinstein is a proponent of conservative care for back pain including bracing, splinting, injections, medications, and therapy.  Though, if surgery is required, Dr. Falkinstein is recognized by his peers as one of the best in the region offering the most up-to-date surgical interventions.

To find out more about back injuries, please visit these pages of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website: