Spine orthopedic clinic

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Recognizing the best way to care for complex health problems is through a Center of Excellence approach, South Bend Orthopaedics created South Bend Spine in 2010 as its spine specialty center. South Bend Spine has a goal of combining the expertise of fellowship-trained spine surgeons, non-surgical spine physicians, spine therapists, X-ray and diagnostics for the convenience of those with back and neck pain. By having it all in one place, the back pain patient no longer has to drive around Northern Indiana to multiple locations.

  • Elkhart, Indiana
  • Goshen, Indiana
  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Mishawaka, Indiana
  • LaPorte, Indiana
  • Middlebury, Indiana
  • Nappanee, Indiana
  • Plymouth, Indiana
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A multidisciplinary team approach to back and neck pain for the State of Indiana

South Bend Spine uses physical medicine specialists and pain management anesthesiologist to assess back and neck pain problems and to exhaust nonsurgical treatment options where possible. If surgery is necessary, the group has several fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic surgeons who specialize in spine surgery. These surgeons can provide minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement for motion preservation.

Patient with spine physical therapistThe benefit of minimally invasive spine surgery and instrumentation helps the back and neck pain patient to recover in a shorter period of time and allow for a quicker return home. Some patients can have their surgery in the morning and be home later the same day.

In minimally invasive spine surgery, a smaller incision is made, sometimes only a half-inch in length. The surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through these tiny incisions to access the damaged disc in the spine. Minimally invasive spine surgery requires extensive training and experience to master use of the tools, but there is tremendous benefit for the patient.

Treatment of back and neck pain is provided in offices across the State of Indiana, including South Bend and Elkhart regions.

The key to relief of back pain and neck pain is movement

The main reason people go to the doctor is for relief of pain. But if a spine physician focuses exclusively on pain, he can miss the target of return to function. For example, the goal of an activity oriented spine program is to bridge the patient quickly into exercise. A Clinical Outcome Report Card for 2014 showed the spine team Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance resolved neurological deficit and radicular pain symptoms. At intake, 43% of patients rated their pain level at 7 or more on a 1-10 analog pain scale. After three months, it improved to only 20%. Just as importantly, symptom relief was NOT achieved with pills. For example, 19% of patients were taking 5 or more pills daily for pain relief at entry. After treatment, the number had decreased to only 6%. The spine center also achieved dramatic improvement in functional status scores as well.

The other goal is to emphasize nonsurgical treatment options in advance of spine surgery. On a clinical outcome chart this is shown by a Stairway to Success. This chart documents that the more you use spine therapy, fewer patients require a spinal injection. And when injections are used, fewer patients will ultimately need surgery for symptom relief. 

Spine clinical outcome report card


As a free community service, this Spine Center of Excellence mails out Home Remedy Books on a limited basis to residents in the region. Home remedy books include information about the spine center, instruction on how to use the exercise book, various exercises to help alleviate back and neck pain, and other home remedies.



For those back and neck pain sufferers who have exhausted nonsurgical treatment options, spine surgery may be the next step in resolving a spine problem. Because spine surgery is a serious decision, it is a good idea to obtain a second opinion from a board-certified and fellowship-trained spine surgeon before undergoing surgery.