Arthritis of the Spine: Why You Should Care

Arthritis of the Spine: Why You Should Care

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Arthritis of the spine affects most people as we age to a variable degree depending on a variety of factors. General wear and tear, aging and heredity should be taken into consideration when evaluating an arthritic spinal condition. There should be concern if symptoms are significant, especially if they are a result of neurological irritation or damage. Treatment is directed by the intensity of the symptoms. Most patients will improve if treated properly, without the need of 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

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