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    OPA spine physicians are board-certified and fellowship-trained in comprehensive spine care. They are experienced in treating spine conditions such as herniated and degenerative discs, pinched nerves, arthritis, scoliosis, and fractures. OPA spine physicians are experts in non-operative care and their goal is to help patients avoid surgery.

    Additional areas we serve:

    Seattle, BellevueKirkland, Redmond, Poulsbo, Renton,

    Shoreline, Lynnwood, Burien, Sammamish, Des Moines, Issaquah, West Seattle


    • Arthritis
    • Back / neck pain
    • Cervical myelopathy
    • Compression fractures of the spine VIDEO ►
    • Degenerative disc disease VIDEO ►
    • Facet joint arthritis
    • Herniated discs VIDEO ►
    • Kyphosis
    • Lumbar radiculopathy
    • Myelopathy
    • Neck fractures
    • Osteoporosis VIDEO ►
    • Radiculopathy
    • Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain
    • Sacroilitis
    • Sciatica VIDEO ►
    • Scoliosis (over the age of 18) VIDEO ►
    • Spondylolisthesis VIDEO ►
    • Spondylosis
    • Sprains & strains for the neck/spine
    • Stenosis (of all kinds) VIDEO ►
    • Treatment for lower back pain
    • Vertebral compression fracture
    • Cervical epidural steroid injections
    • Cervical facet joint injections
    • Cervical medial branch nerve ablations
    • Dry needling
    • Lumbar epidural steroid injections
    • Lumbar facet joint injections
    • Lumbar medial branch nerve ablations
    • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA’s)
    • Sacroiliac (SI) joint epidural steroid injections
    • Trigger point injections



    The spine is composed of 33 bones, called vertebrae, divided into five sections: The cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine sections and the sacrum and coccyx bones.

    The cervical section of the spine is made up of the top seven vertebrae in the spine, C1 to C7, and is connected to the base of the skull. The top two vertebrae are also known as the atlas and axis and form the joint for connecting the skull to the spine. The cervical section is responsible for mobility and normal functioning of the neck as well as protection of the spinal cord, arteries and nerves that travel from the brain to the body.

    The thoracic section of the spine is located at chest level between the cervical and lumbar vertebrae. The vertebrae in this section are labeled T1 to T12 and serve as attachments for the rib cage.

    The lumbar section is located between the thoracic vertebrae and the sacrum. The five lumbar vertebrae, labeled L1 to L5, are the main weight-bearing section of the spinal column.

    The sacrum is the section located at the base of the spine. It does not have discs separating the vertebrae because its five levels, S1 to S5, are fused together. The pelvis is connected to the spinal column at the sacrum section.

    The coccyx is at the very base of the spinal column and is made of four vertebrae that are fused together.