Spine

The spine is a critical part of the body and important to all daily activities. The spinal cord carries signals from the brain to other parts of the body. Minor spine problems can cause persistent back pain, while major spinal cord injuries have much more serious implications.

Spinal cord injuries are considered medical emergencies. Immediate care is critical to long-term successful treatment of the injury. If your spine is injured, it's important that you get the care you need. While emergency doctors usually start your treatment, you will need ongoing care to ensure lifelong spinal health. This type of delicate therapy is something you want performed by an experienced specialist.

Whether you're dealing with chronic spine pain or the aftermath of a sports injury, you want to have a spine doctor on your side who can help you manage the pain, repair the damage, and regain a complete and comfortable range of motion.

There are many ways to deal with spine problems. Incomplete spinal cord injuries do not disrupt the brain's signals and allow you to retain movement and sensation. Complete spinal cord injuries cause paralysis below the point of injury. Treatments for these types of injuries may include traction, braces, or spinal surgery. Medication can help manage the pain, and long-term physical therapy may help you regain movement where it was lost.

If you're dealing with an emergency spinal cord injury, we offer immediate treatment through our Orthopaedic Urgent Care Center so you don't have to wait to receive the attention you need.

At Premier Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, we can connect you with excellent spine doctors to help you deal with any type of pain or injury. We have specialists who focus on surgical treatments, non-surgical remedies, and rehabilitation. No matter where you are on your journey, we can help you on the path to wellness.

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Our Spine Physicians

Kenan Aksu, D.O.
Kenan Aksu, D.O.
AKSU ORTHOPAEDICS & SPINE CENTER - Dr. Aksu received his undergraduate degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He graduated with a BS in pharmacy in 1988. He was midway through college when Dr. Aksu decided to follow in his father's footsteps and become a physician. Prior to starting medical school, he worked as a pharmacist at a retail pharmacy chain filling prescriptions and counseling patients on their medications.

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Larry Chou, M.D.
Larry Chou, M.D.
SPORTS AND SPINE REHABILITATION - Dr. Chou is the Medical Director of Sports and Spine Rehabilitation Division of Premier Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Associates, Ltd in Havertown, PA. Dr. Chou received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he also served as Chief Resident.

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Jeff Citara, D.O.
Jeff Citara, D.O.
CHESTER COUNTY ORTHOPAEDICS -
Dr. Citara is a board certified physiatrist who specializes in the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal disorders primarily involving the neck, back and pelvic regions. After graduating medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed an internship at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and a residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

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Zach Hauser, M.D.
Zach Hauser, M.D.
SPORTS AND SPINE REHABILITATION - Dr. Hauser is a physiatrist and a partner in the non-operative Sports and Spine Rehabilitation Division of Premier Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Associates. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors. He went on to obtain his doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

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Michael S. Lee, MD
Michael S. Lee, MD
PA ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER - Dr. Michael Lee practices non-operative musculoskeletal medicine and specializes in non-operative spine care. Dr. Lee graduated with honors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge, MA) with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with special emphasis on biomechanics.

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Richard Levenberg, M.D.
Richard Levenberg, M.D.
SURGICAL ORTHOPEDICS - Dr. Levenberg is an established board certified general orthopedic surgeon, specializing in all forms of back and neck surgery including: lumbar and cervical disc replacement or fusion surgery, revision spinal surgery, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty, laminectomy and minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Levenberg was named in Main Line Today Magazine, Top Doc edition in 2003, 2006 and 2008.

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Armando A. Mendez, M.D.
Armando A. Mendez, M.D.
LIBERTY ORTHOPAEDICS - Dr. Mendez received his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in 1980. He was awarded his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in 1985. He completed his surgical internship at the Medical Center of Delaware in 1986, and completed a Research Fellowship at the A.I. DuPont Institute in 1987. His Orthopaedic Residency Program was completed at the University of Kansas in 1992, and Dr. Mendez completed a Spine Fellowship from the University of Rochester in 1993.

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Adriana S. Prawak, D.O.
Adriana S. Prawak, D.O.
SPORTS AND SPINE REHABILITATION - Dr. Prawak is a physiatrist and a partner in the non-operative Sports and Spine Rehabilitation Division of Premier Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Associates, Ltd based in Havertown, PA.
She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with honors and the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City.

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Robert A. Ruggiero, Jr., MD
Robert A. Ruggiero, Jr., MD
PA ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER - Dr. Ruggiero, Jr. developed an early passion for orthopaedics while assisting his father rolling plaster casts in the emergency room. He would also spend time at the office assisting with cast applications, observing x-rays and discussing patient care.
He attended The Haverford School, where he wrestled for the famed Neil Buckley and earned academic and scholastic honors.

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Matthew Schaeffer, M.D.
Matthew Schaeffer, M.D.
CHESTER COUNTY ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATES- Dr. Schaeffer specializes in non-operative spine care at Premier Orthopaedic Chester County Orthopaedic Associates Division in West Chester.
Dr Schaeffer is a native of the sub-burbs of Philadelphia – a graduate of local high school The Episcopal Academy – class of 1989.

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Kelly Scollon-Grieve, M.D
Kelly Scollon-Grieve, M.D.
SPORTS AND SPINE REHABILITATION - Dr. Kelly Scollon-Grieve is happy to return to her roots in the Philadelphia area. After growing up in Ambler, PA and dancing at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science degree with highest honors in Exercise Physiology at Boston University. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Larry Chou, M.D.
David Stolzenberg, D.O.
SPORTS AND SPINE REHABILITATION - Dr. Stolzenberg is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with sub-specialty fellowship training in Interventional Pain Management. He provides comprehensive non-operative spine and musculoskeletal care, advanced fluoroscopically-guided spine procedures and electrodiagnostic testing. Dr. Stolzenberg believes strongly in making a precise diagnosis and then tailoring a multimodal treatment plan based on personalized functional goals to optimize the quality of life for each individual patient.

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Mark E. Tantorski, D.O.
Mark E. Tantorski, D.O.
CHESTER COUNTY ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATES - Dr. Mark Tantorski joined Premier's Chester County Orthopaedic Division in 2012. After receiving his medical degree from the University Of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Tantorski completed his orthopaedic residency at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a fellowship in spinal surgery at New England Baptist Hospital.

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