With back and neck problems, pain is not a good indicator of when to see a doctor for a spine problem. Instead, numbness and weakness in a hand or foot needs to be seen within a week to prevent those symptoms from becoming permanent. Click here to see our SYMPTOM CHART on when you should see the doctor for back pain or neck pain.
Dr. Scott Phillips performs minimally invasive spine surgery for herniated discs and emphasizes motion-preserving artificial disc technology. For patients with stenosis and specific disc herniations, Dr. Phillips also performs the new XLIF surgery (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) which accesses the spine from the side to avoid disruption to the muscles in the back. The approach enables the patient to return to activity quicker and with less pain during recovery.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Phillips has performed hundreds of successful spine surgeries. Within the specialty of spine surgery, Dr. Phillips performs minimally invasive spine surgery and emphasizes motion-preserving artificial disc technology. Philosophically, Dr. Phillips emphasizes non-surgical options for back and neck pain before spine surgery.