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DOCTORS AND WHAT THEY DO: Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Jonathan Workman is a member of the medical staff at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

    Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Jonathan Workman is a member of the medical staff at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
    Courtesy of Amy Spiller/HRMC

 
Posted on 6/10/2021, 4:37 PM

The medical experts at Heartland Regional Medical Center, in partnership with the Marion Republican, present: Doctors and What They Do. Choosing a doctor is more important now than ever before and the relationship you have with your health professional greatly influences your well-being. This month, we learn more about an orthopedic spine surgeon.

First off, what is an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon?

From herniated discs to scoliosis, orthopedic spine surgeons treat a wide spectrum of back, neck and spine disorders and injuries. Heartland Regional Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Jonathan Workman is trained to handle both simple and complex spinal cases and pathology.

Treatments and conditions

While a surgeon, Dr. Workman strives to ensure that each patient has exhausted all non-operative measures first. "I want a patient and their family to have a good understanding of the patient's underlying condition," Dr. Workman said.

"Our goal is the best care possible, and that often starts with conservative, non-surgical treatment. The reality is that many of these conditions are helped without surgery. Making sure patients get the care that's appropriate for their condition is simply the right thing to do. So, surgery is reserved for people who don't get better with non-surgical treatment."

Some of the most common conditions, diagnosed and treated by Dr. Workman include:

• Cervical and lumbar pathology

• Fractures

• Degeneration

• Deformity

• Scoliosis

• Kyphosis

• Spondylolisthesis

• Herniated discs

When is surgery appropriate?

"I want to ensure each patient has exhausted all non-operative measures first and generally considers surgery an option in carefully selected cases when other measures have failed," said Dr. Workman.

When surgical options are appropriate, Dr. Workman's preference is to offer the smallest or simplest surgical solutions aimed at having the greatest impact/improvement upon a patient's quality of life. Surgery for spinal disorders used to mean large incisions and an often painful and lengthy recovery. But, with new minimally invasive techniques, patients can now find relief and get back on their feet faster than ever.

How do I know I need to see an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon?

Typically, patients with severe or chronic back or spine pain are referred to an orthopedic spine surgeon after consulting with their family medicine provider or a pain specialist. If you are unsure if you should see a specialist, take Heartland Regional's free 5-minute Spine Pain Assessment at www.HeartlandMedicalGroup.com/orthopedic-spine/.

More information on orthopedic spine services, and other health care provided at Heartland Regional, can be found online at www.HeartlandMedicalGroup.com. Look for more articles about Doctors and What They Do in future editions of the Marion Republican.