Conditions that affect the back and neck can range from the most common to the most complex. University of Utah Health Care neurosugery spine specialists evaluate each patient to provide individualized treatment plans that help get you back to the activities you enjoy. Whether your condition is sports related, due to chronic pain, or disease related, our specialists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of back and neck related problems.
In order to provide easy access and flexibility to our patients, spine evaluations are offered by our physician assistants who are specialty trained in neck and spine disorders. Our physiatrist, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, provides a range of treatment options for back and neck problems with the goal of restoring your function and relieving pain to greatest degree possible. Our specialists use the latest techniques and advanced technologies all in an effort to provide the best care possible for our patients.
Our program can provide or recommend a number of treatment options that include the following:
- Interventional spine therapies
- Rehabilitation & physical therapy
- Spine surgery
Anatomy of the Spine
The vertebral column, also called the backbone, is made up of 33 vertebrae that are separated by spongy disks and classified into 4 distinct areas. The cervical area consists of 7 bony parts in the neck; the thoracic spine consists of 12 bony parts in the back area; the lumbar spine consists of 5 bony segments in the lower back area; 5 sacral* bones; and 4 coccygeal* bones (the number of coccygeal bones can vary from 5 to 3).
(* By adulthood, the 5 sacral vertebrae fuse to form 1 bone, and the 4 coccygeal vertebrae fuse to form 1 bone.)
Edgar C. Goldston, Jr., MD specializes in interventional spinal medicine and spinal diagnostics, as well as the non-operative management of spinal and musculoskeletal disorders. He has strong interests in spine related science and research. Dr. Goldston is actively involved with the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Spine Progra... Read More
Andy joined the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team as a provider in the outpatient orthopedic clinic at the U of U South Jordan Health Center in December 2013. He works in close collaboration with Dr. Michael Henrie to manage the treatment and rehabilitation needs of people recovering from acute and chronic spine and other orthopedic problem... Read More
A. Michael Henrie, D.O. is a sports medicine physician at the University of Utah. Dr. Henrie received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation followed by a sports and musculoskeletal medicine fellowship at the University of Utah. In addition to wo... Read More
Dr. Richard W. Kendall is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician who specializes in diagnosis and rehabilitation of back and neck pain using exercise, therapy, interventional spine procedures and electrodiagnositic testing. He has special interest in back and neck pain in cyclists, triathletes, endurance athletes and musculoskeletal rehab... Read More
Fumisuke Matsuo, MD is a long-time faculty member of the Department of Neurology. His main expertise as a clinical electroencephalographer is to develop and evaluate clinical neurophysiological testings in the assessment of episodic neurobehavior symptoms, and application to separating epileptic seizures from non-epileptic events. Recent research ... Read More
Sara is excited to return to the University of Utah to join the comprehensive spine care team at the Clinical Neurosciences Center. Prior to her arrival in 2012, Sara spent the previous few years working in internal medicine at the 4th Street Homeless Clinic. She has a strong interest in academic research and is involved in several clinical studies... Read More
University Campus/Research Park
|Clinical Neurosciences Center||175 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
|University Orthopaedics Center||590 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
|Parkway Health Center||145 W. University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058
|South Jordan Health Center||5126 W. Daybreak Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095