OrthoIllinois Spine Care | Spine Center Network

ROCKFORD, Illinois

Ortho Illinois Spine Care is a regional spine care center and the destination for patients in Northern Illinois and the Chicago region who are suffering with back and neck pain. Founded by Ortho Illinois, this center provides patients with access to rehab options and other non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments all at one location, for convenience and full service.



Regional destination for advanced spine care

Ortho Illinois Spine Care center combines the expertise of Dr. Tom Stanley,  fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, neurosurgeons Dr. Todd Alexander,  and interventional spine specialists Ryan Enke, MD, Zeeshan Ahmad, MD, and Christopher Faubel, MD to provide both surgical and conservative treatments for acute and chronic spine conditions.

Invasive surgery as a last option

Our goal is to emphasize non-surgical treatment options and when needed, minimally invasive spine surgery, under one roof, to avoid fragmented care. Emphasis on non-surgical approaches makes our Spine Center unique.

Some non-surgical treatment options include exercise, relaxation, positioning, pain medications, muscle relaxants, epidural injections, and manual and physical therapy. We have a full service rehab gym with spine- trained therapists.

Drs. Enke, Ahmad, and Faubel specialize in non-surgical treatment of back and neck symptoms and can often help patients resolve their pain, restore function and avoid surgery. They and our physical therapists can help you focus on function and body mechanics.

Understanding pain

Pain is a symptom that something is wrong. Perhaps the spine muscles are too weak, or inflexible. Perhaps you lifted something heavy and threw out your back or the body mechanics were off. We can develop a rehab plan to meet your individual condition and needs. We want you to get back to your life, instead of drugging you to mask your discomfort and recommending bed rest, each of which has been shown to cause more pain and create more risk of strain and pain, and addiction. We have learned and studies support treating pain with movement like low-impact sports including walking and swimming.

Science based clinic protocols

Ortho Illinois Spine Care has developed science-based clinical protocols to improve care and reduce treatment variation, to truly manage quality of care. These protocols assure that you get the right treatment at the right time, every time. This also assures that all non-surgical options have been tried before resorting to spine surgery.

There is a lot of talk about quality, but we measure patient outcomes against pain severity at intake and functional status post- treatment. Our aim is continual quality improvements. To reach this goal we conduct patient satisfaction audits. We want to know what you think and how you feel.

However, sometimes spine surgery is unavoidable. When your symptoms fail to respond to conservative non-surgical care, like injection therapy or customized physical therapy, surgery may be the only option. Some symptoms that persist with non-surgical approaches include weakness or numbness in a leg or hand, or loss of bowel or bladder control. These are medical emergencies and require neck or back surgery quickly to prevent permanent paralysis, or loss of function.

Our team is here for you

We offer the best, least invasive and least aggressive options to relieve your pain and symptoms so you can get back to the life you love. Ortho Illinois Regional Spine Care Center has offices in Rockford, Elgin and Algonquin, Illinois.


"Dr. Ahmad took the time to explain the x-rays and MRI and showed me exactly what was going on. He explained where and why the pain was being caused. He honestly made me feel like he wanted to help and fix the problems in my neck. I feel that is rare these days."


Zeeshan Ahmad, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

At OrthoIllinois, Dr. Ahmad brings over eleven years’ of clinical experience in the conservative treatment of spine pain utilizing physical therapy, medicine and injection techniques. It is his practice philosophy to help each patient return to their lifestyle goals through non-surgical treatments whenever possible.

Ryan Enke, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Enke is focused on providing specialized non-operative treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and pain with the goals of restoring function and improving quality of life. He has a special interest in the treatment and rehabilitation of runners and endurance athletes, Electrodiagnostic medicine (EMGs), and comprehensive spine care and rehabilitation with interventional pain management.

Christopher Faubel, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

As a PM&R physician and interventional spine specialist Dr. Faubel is able to provide the types of musculoskeletal and conservative back and neck care that was missing in chiropractics. Dr. Faubel's mission is to get patients back to living a functional, productive and happy life. 

Tom Stanley, MD, MPH


Dr. Stanley utilizes state of the art diagnostic tools to accurately identify the source of the injury or condition, implement a treatment plan that will help the patient return to a more active and pain free lifestyle.  When possible, he emphasizes conservative treatments such as injection or physical therapies.  If surgery is necessary, he specializes in the latest minimally invasive techniques that reduce incision lengths, time in the hospital, and the time needed for recovery.

Todd Alexander, MD


For 20 years Dr. Alexander treated the neurosurgical needs of adult and pediatric patients in the northern Illinois region as a private practitioner, where he earned a reputation for excellent outcomes, personalized service, and pioneering important medical firsts in the community