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8 Best Spine Specialists in Austin

If you’re in pain after an accident, you’re not alone. Many people suffer from back and neck injuries following a motor vehicle collision or other accident. These conditions can be extremely painful, particularly since they may involve ligament or nerve damage, bone fractures, or muscular problems. Serious spine injuries may limit functioning and make it difficult to perform basic tasks. Even walking can become a grueling challenge after a major accident.

Fortunately, Austin is home to many talented spine specialists and orthopedic surgeons who can assist accident victims like you on your path to recovery. Whether you are suffering from whiplash or a complex back injury, there’s an area doctor who can help. Here are a few of the most well-regarded physicians in Austin, according to industry rankings, area publications, and local reviews.

Dr. Richard Wupperman, Austin Spine

Orthopedic surgeon Richard Wupperman may specialize in spinal surgery, but he takes a very conservative approach in his treatment plans. Wupperman rarely recommends surgery until he has exhausted less invasive approaches such as physical therapy, injections, and medication. Wupperman’s reputation for excellence is formidable; in 2013, he was named one of Austin’s Top Doctors by Austin Monthly. View Dr. Wupperman’s profile at Austin Spine for more information.

Dr. Ram Vasudevan, Austin NeuroSpine

Neurosurgeon Ram Vasudevan is one of the top spinal surgeons in Austin. The founder of Austin NeuroSpine, Vasudevan often helps our clients recover from traumatic accidents and collisions using a blend of minimally invasive surgery techniques. His professional acumen has earned him accolades from peers and patients alike: he has been asked to present original research findings at national conferences for spinal specialists. He is also the author of 20 peer-reviewed articles in medical journals. Contact Dr. Vasudevan to schedule an appointment or read his profile at the Austin NeuroSpine website.

Dr. Randall Dryer, Central Texas Spine Institute

Dr. Randall Dryer is the physician behind the Central Texas Spine Institute, one of the most well-reviewed spinal treatment centers in the Austin area. Primarily an orthopedic surgeon, Dryer also offers a full range of treatment options, including diagnostics and innovative back and neck treatments such as stem cell therapy. He specializes in degenerative conditions, making him a good choice for those suffering from spinal stenosis and other back issues that have been aggravated by a motor vehicle accident. Dryer was named one of the top 100 surgeons in the country by Becker’s Spine Review, a professional publication for medical practitioners. Learn more about Dr. Dryer by visiting his website.

Dr. Robert Josey, TexSpine Consultants

Dr. Robert Josey is another well-regarded spinal surgeon practicing in Austin. He is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon and certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine trauma and degenerative conditions. In addition to extensive reconstructive surgery, Josey also offers injections, minimally invasive spine surgery, endoscopic procedures, disc replacement, and computer navigation procedures. Together with Dr. Matthew Heinrich, he is the co-founder of Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin, a team of expert specialists handling all types of joint-related conditions. Connect with Dr. Josey at TexSpine Consultants to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Craig Kuhns, Austin Spine

Another alumnus of Austin Monthly’s list of Austin’s Top Doctors, Craig Kuhns is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in complex procedures involving the cervical spine, a.k.a. the neck. Kuhns takes a minimally invasive approach to treatment, working to preserve muscular structure through less intrusive treatments such as laser-assisted spinal surgery. He has even developed several new surgical techniques and implants for patients suffering with spine conditions and injuries. Get an in-depth look at Dr. Kuhn’s therapeutic approach by visiting his profile on the Austin Spine website.

Dr. Daniel Peterson, Advanced Pain Care

Daniel Peterson is another surgeon with an impressive resumé, having previously served as the chief of staff at University Medical Center Brackenridge and as a clinical assistant professor at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is currently an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and he sees patients at Austin Brain and Spine. Contact him today to schedule an appointment and learn more about his practice.

Dr. Mark Burnett, NeuroTexas Brain and Spine Surgery

Named one of “341 Spine Surgeons to Know” by Becker’s Spine Review in 2017, Mark Burnett’s specialties include complex and minimally invasive spinal surgery, spinal sports medicine, neurotrauma, and peripheral nerve surgery. He is the recipient of two research grants from the National Institutes of Health, one of which went toward developing noninvasive blood flow monitors to treat spine injury sufferers. Contact NeuroTexas Brain and Spine Surgery to schedule an appointment with Dr. Burnett.

If you are suffering from an accident-related spinal injury, you may be entitled to payment for your medical bills. Our law firm can help you understand your rights and receive any compensation you are owed. Contact us today to get in touch with one of our trustworthy personal injury experts. We’ll take care of the legal aspects of your case so you can focus your energy on healing.



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