If you suffer from back or neck pain, you know firsthand how it can keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. Spinal injury or degeneration may even prevent you from performing daily activities at work or at home, as well as limit your independence.

Neck pain can be caused by a number of orthopedic issues, including abnormalities in the bones or joints, traumatic injuries, poor posture, degenerative diseases, and muscle strains. Though neck pain is quite common, it is important to seek treatment with a neck specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain that radiates from the neck to the arm or hand
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness of the arm or hand
  • Unusual sensitivity of the arm or hand
  • Clumsiness or decreased coordination of the arm or hand

Neck injuries can result in spasms and pain in the muscles as well as referred pain experienced as headaches. Additionally, structural problems within the vertebrae, discs, and nerves of the neck can present as neck pain, headaches, and tingling or numbness. If left untreated, neck injuries and conditions can progress and cause further damage and severe discomfort, leaving you to suffer with chronic pain, weakness, or numbness.

Back pain can be caused by a wide array of issues involving the vertebrae. But, the majority of back pain symptoms are caused by inflammation due to either overuse or acute injury. Practicing proper posture and lifting techniques can help to preserve your back health and significantly reduce your risk for sustaining a back injury, such as a fracture, herniated disc, or strained muscle.

Unfortunately, not all causes of back pain are as easily preventable. Pain can also develop from a chronic or progressive condition, such as degenerative disc disease, or from injuries that may occur spontaneously, such as a herniated disc.

Back pain often worsens when left untreated, so it is important that you seek immediate Indiana back pain treatment from a specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of back pain:

  • Radiating pain from the back to the leg/foot
  • Back, leg, or foot pain that worsens while standing or walking and is relieved by sitting
  • Nagging pain after act  of heavy lifting
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs
  • Nerve or dexterity issues in the legs

At Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance, we know that pain in the neck or back can be extremely uncomfortable, can disrupt your lifestyle, and can make everyday activities challenging. Our board-certified spine specialists focus on the diagnosis and treatment of all types of spinal disorders, including scoliosis, degenerative diseases of the spine, disk herniation, tumors, occupational injuries and more. We offer a comprehensive treatment program that ranges from conservative physical therapy to advanced surgical procedures.

Common Conditions

  • Cervical and Lumbar Disk Herniation
  • Degenerative Disk Disease
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis (Curvature of the Spine)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondyloysis (Cervical Arthritis)

Common Procedures

  • ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • AxiaLIF®: Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Facet Injection
  • Herniated Disc Treatment
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Disk Microsurgery
  • Lumbar Inter-Body Fusion
  • Lumbar Pedicle Screw Fixation
  • PLIF: Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • S-1 Joint Injections
  • Selective Nerve Root Block
  • Spinal Fusion
  • TLIF: Transformanial Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Transforaminal Epidural Spinal Injection


Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance was formed by joining the two leading providers serving North Central Indiana and Southwestern Michigan. South Bend Orthopaedics (SBO) and Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center (OSMC) bring together the current seven office locations in South Bend, Elkhart, Mishawaka, Goshen, LaPorte, Middlebury and Nappanee to form Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance.