At age 48, Dr. Craig Humphreys, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, left a busy spine practice in Tennessee to return home to where he grew up — Alaska. He and his family are back in Kenai and he is eager to use his skills in spine care to help the Kenai community. His spine practice is designed to be a resource for people with back pain or neck pain, as well as assist other physicians in the Central Peninsula who may need to refer patients to a spine specialist. Dr. Humphreys is on staff at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. For all those people in the Kenai region who’ve suffered from back and neck pain for years, Kenai Spine may be in a position to help.
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Kenai Spine adds Mayo Clinic-trained specialist in non-surgical treatment for back & neck
We’re pleased to announce that in May, Kenai Spine welcomes a specialist in non-surgical spine care, Mark Simonson, MD, who is board-certified in both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. Dr. Simonson is now accepting new patient referrals related to back and neck pain at Kenai Spine in Soldotna.
A physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) doctor specializes in the non-surgical management of back and neck pain, including the use of EMGs for diagnostic purposes and spinal injections for pain relief.
Dr. Simonson received his Doctor of Medicine degree with Honors, from the University of Hawaii in 1994. He completed his specialty training in the evaluation and nonsurgical treatment of neck and back pain in the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. While at the Mayo Clinic, he was named the national resident representative on the Board of Directors of the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports & Occupational Rehabilitation (PASSOR).
Within his role at Kenai Spine, Dr. Simonson is involved with evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of back and neck pain problems, including the use of EMGs and injection therapy.
Kenai Spine takes a team approach to back and neck problems, an approach that differs greatly from other spine treatment centers who rely on surgeons only to treat patients. “Other groups provide only a single specialty orientation, and that unfortunately provides treatment bias,” explains Dr. Craig Humphreys, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon at Kenai Spine. “By including the specialty of physical medicine, along with spinespecialized therapy and orthopedic spine surgery, we provide a wide range of specialties to treat a person with back or neck pain. Our goal is to improve the care of back and neck pain with a team approach that emphasizes non-surgical treatment options before spine surgery.”
Kenai Spine is the only spine center in the State of Alaska to be included in SpineCenterNetwork.com, a national listing of spine centers that meet the credentialing criteria of having PMR, spine surgery & spine therapy, along with reporting clinical outcomes.