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Arthritis of the neck affects most people, especially in later years. Aging, wear and tear and heredity are all factors. If the symptoms include significant neck pain, arm pain with numbness and tingling or weakness of the arm, there may be neurological irritation or damage, which should be assessed by a physician. Most patients will improve with early treatment, without the need for surgery.
Dr. Gertzbein is a board-certified, internationally respected orthopedic surgeon with 40 years of clinical experience as a spine specialist, treating common and complex spinal disorders. He received his medical degree and orthopedic training at the University of Toronto in Canada, and subsequently trained in London, England, and Hong Kong. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Colorado and holds the rank of Clinical Professor on the faculty of the University of Texas in Galveston. He has held the same rank at Baylor College of Medicine and was Full Professor at the University of Toronto where he was also the Director of the Spine Trauma Unit, the largest in Canada. As well, he has taught at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston where was voted the best teacher by the orthopedic residents.
Area of Specialty: Conservative Spine Care
Education: MD, University of Toronto Medical, Toronto, Canada
Residency: St. Joseph’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Fellowship: Sunnybrook Medical Center, Toronto, Canada; Northwick Hospital, London, England; St. Mary’s Hospital, Hong Kong, China
Certifications & Titles: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery; Faculty member, University of Colorado; Clinical Professor, University of Texas, Galveston