Spine & Back

Spine & Back

Backs and spines are vulnerable to injury because they have the difficult job of being flexible enough to move, but strong enough to take enormous stress, and every back injury is unique. At our orthopedics offices in Lake Tahoe and Carson City we establish an accurate diagnosis quickly and develop a plan of care that fits the needs of each patient suffering from a back injury or pain.

It is our practice to exhaust every appropriate treatment option before considering surgery. However, when a problem is not corrected with prescribed rest, exercise, conditioning programs, or physical therapy, further diagnostic testing may be employed to precisely identify the key factors causing the patient's discomfort.

Our team of specialists is trained to effectively correct problems related to:

  • Low back pain
  • Traumatic and overuse injuries to the spine
  • Spinal deformities both acquired and congenital
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Systemic diseases affecting spinal function
  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated disc
  • Disc replacements
  • Soft tissue sprains, strains, and contusions
  • Work-related back pain
  • Mechanical back dysfunction
  • Fractures, dislocations, subluxations
  • Malignant tumors of spine, pelvis and extremities



The Joint Commission

Total Joint Certification
Barton Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Core Certification in Spine Surgery. This accreditation demonstrates commitment to a higher standard of service, and provides a framework for organizational structure and management.

Ready to Address Your Back Pain?

Call the Center for Orthopedics & Wellness today to schedule your consultation or learn more: 530.543.5554.

Surgical Spine Program

For Surgical Spine Program questions, please email Rachelle Pakes ( or call 530.208.7766.

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