Back, Neck & Spine Care

Summit is home to one of the largest spine groups in Minnesota. We provide same-day access to neck and back treatment and specialists – appointments are available same-day at one of our Minneapolis St. Paul spine locations. Summit’s spine specialists diagnose back and neck problems and develop custom treatment plans built on a conservative, non-surgical approach.

Same-day spine appointments

All too often those struggling with nerve, back, or neck pain are told they have to wait four to six weeks to see a specialist or spine surgeon. We are committed to seeing you for a same-day appointment at one of our convenient Minneapolis St. Paul spine clinic locations.

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Or call (651) 968-5201 Mon-Fri, 7:30am - 5pm

Conservative care – Helping you avoid surgery

Summit’s leading spine specialists diagnose the full spectrum of back and neck problems and design custom neck and back treatment plans built on a non-surgical approach. We leverage conservative methods such as guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication.

In the few cases where conservative care is no longer managing your symptoms, fellowship-trained spine surgeons are here to consult with you and discuss appropriate surgical options.

87 percent of our spine patients are successfully treated with conservative therapies that do not involve surgery.

Animated educational videos

In the media player to the left you can:

  • Scroll through conditions and procedures related to the spine (in alphabetical order)
  • Search specifically for a condition or procedure at the top right corner
  • Learn the basics about the “Anatomy of the Spine”
  • Check out “Where Lower Back Pain Begins” or “Where Neck Pain Begins”

surgical safety

Award-winning spine surgical care

Summit Orthopedics’ Eagan location was awarded the prestigious Certificate of Distinction for Spinal Fusion by The Joint Commission. Summit is the first surgery center in the nation to have received this award for patient satisfaction and key outcome measurements.

Awarded Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center+® for Spine Surgery

Blue Distinction Center+® is the highest award given by Blue Cross Blue Shield. It demonstrates more affordable care in addition to quality care, treatment expertise and better overall spine surgery patient results.

Summit’s Eagan Surgery Center, serving as a center of excellence for spine surgery, is the only ambulatory surgery center in Minnesota to have received this designation.

Summit Celebrates First Surgery with Mazor X Stealth Edition Robotic Guidance Platform

Roman Guerrero, M.D., spine surgery experts, discusses the groundbreaking surgery — the first to use the Mazor X Stealth™ Edition Robotic Guidance Platform in an ambulatory surgery center.

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    David H. Strothman, M.D.

    Dr. Strothman’s team are very professional. From examinations through surgery and follow-up, I’ve had nothing but very good service.

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    Nicholas Wills, M.D.

    I am extremely satisfied with the skill and professionalism of Dr. Wills and will recommend him without hesitation to my friends and colleagues.  Thank you!!

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    Steven R. Sabers, M.D.

    I travel 1700 miles to this facility because of my full trust in Dr. Sabers and the great staff he has. The staff at the reception desk is excellent too – especially Toni.

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    Catherine Y. Choi, M.D.

    She was outstanding giving me a back injection. Very kind considerate and caring. She made me feel comfortable and secure at all times and I am a scared of these type of things. Couldn’t be happier with her, outstanding.

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    Erik J. Ekstrom, M.D.

    Dr. Ekstrom gave me a trigger point injection that took away the pain in my neck – a spot that hasn’t been pain-free in at least eight years.

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    Edward Santos, M.D.

    Dr Santos fixed me. And now I recommend him to friends. And he fixed them. We were all considered disabled until Dr Santos gave us our life back.

Articles from our spine experts

Understanding spine anatomy

Back pain is one of the most widespread health problems, affecting four out of five Americans in their lifetime. The spine is an interdependent system of 33 vertebrae, more than 100 joints, 120 muscles, 23 discs, and more than 220 ligaments. So when something goes wrong within that system, the hundreds of nerve fibers and countless nerve endings are quick to alert you.