At Jeremy Smith, M.D., patient care is founded in compassion. Our focus is based on Dr. Smith’s concept of “preservation over procedure” – we strive to fully educate each patient on what lies at the base of their condition by following evidence-based insights. Our practice encourages patients to join the conversation about their care and about the impacts that their condition has on all aspects of their lives, treated conditions from herniated discs up to the most complex spine cases.
At Dr. Jeremy Smith, M.D. spine center, we view surgery as a last resort for treatment for our patients. However, where there is a need for surgery to address a patient’s condition most effectively, we aim to perform surgeries that retain the greatest range of motion for our patients, by preserving the spine’s natural movements.
There are a number of new surgical techniques and advancements in technology that we apply to our procedures at Dr. Jeremy Smith, M.D., many of which allow our surgeries to be minimally invasive. These types of surgeries are done in less time and allow for patients to have quicker recovery times and more effective pain relief.
Many patients are referred to Dr. Smith from other doctors and specialists. In fact, Dr. Smith specializes in providing relief and hope to patients with deformities and in need of reconstruction after other surgeries.
At Dr. Jeremy Smith, M.D, as back and pain specialists., we also offer non-surgical pain relief options. Injections coupled with physical therapy, or any variety of other rehabilitation programs may be the right choice for you. Our team is here to help you discover the plan that is the best treatment option for you and your spine.
Cervical spine conditions stem from injuries and pain points in the neck, such as herniated discs, cervical stenosis or cervical radiculopathy. At Jeremy Smith, M.D., we recommend medications, spinal injections, physiotherapy and acupuncture to treat these conditions. There are also minimally invasive surgical approaches that can help patients with more serious issues like spinal instability or neurological dysfunction.
The area along the spine between the collarbone and the ribs is identified as the thoracic region. Conditions that affect this area can cause tingling in the torso, cause mid-back pain or create muscle spasms and fatigue. Decompression surgeries are very common when treating a number of these conditions, however, injections and physical therapy may also be an option for your condition.
The lower back, or the region of the spine below the rib cage, is known as the lumbar spine. Some common conditions in this area include: lumbar degenerative disc disease, lumbar facet joint arthropathy, sciatica, and spondylolisthesis. Some of these conditions cause inflammation, which can be treated with radiofrequency ablation – where radiofrequency waves target certain nerves to manage pain.
Traumas, infections, tumors and deformities are all conditions that can affect the spine. Some of these conditions may cause very serious issues with mobility, numbness or spasms – while other symptoms may point to something even more serious. Surgical and rehabilitation plans are available and new advancements in medicine are being made every day to control inflammation, stop cell death, and promote nerve regeneration.
As a Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon, Dr. Smith’s robust assessment is an opinion backed by years of dedicated study and continued research into the newest technologies available. Through decades of treating spinal conditions and traumas, Dr. Smith has become a leading spine surgeon in Irvine and throughout Orange County that is dedicated to the highest standard of treatment in the field.