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Lead Surgeon, Dr. John Atwater

An expert in the diagnosis and treatment of spine conditions, Dr. Atwater is one of the top 50 spinal surgeons in America. His passion and expertise for helping those suffering from spinal conditions and his holistic approach to orthopedics truly set him apart. His commitment to helping those in pain has allowed him to provide compassionate and effective care.

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Jeremy shadows Dr. Atwater to learn about the surgical field.

Extensive and Personalized Care

Dr. John Atwater and his team have an extensive list of specialties under their collective belt. Whether you need treatment for lower back pain, have injuries of the hand, or are suffering from leg conditions, we have the resources to get you the individualized care you need to get back to thriving.

The pain population needs restorative healthcare that will improve the quality of life. At OSA, your specialized orthopedic doctor, Dr. John Atwater, and his team of surgical specialists are committed to treating and educating you with tailored care plans and easy access to health information through our website and video library.

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Placing You First

Dr. John Atwater has been in this industry long enough to know there are no one-size-fits-all approaches to pain. That’s why he and his staff at OSA work with you to figure out the perfect customized treatment for your specific conditions.

We know the time following an accident can be stressfulDr. John Atwater’s compassion and understanding has built OSA into a place where accident victims and those seeking comprehensive orthopedic care can find partners in health.  Coupling Dr. Atwater’s expertise with his unbridled passion for helping his patients, OSA is here to help you receive the treatment you deserve.

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The Impact On Society

Bone, joint, and muscle pain are the most common causes of disability. More than 130 million Americans have a painful disorder of the muscles, bones, or joints. Pain is a significant public health and safety concern for Americans regarding cost, quality of life, productivity, and mobility. In 2011, the annual cost of treatment and lost wages was approximately $213 billion.

More than 300 peer-reviewed studies show that higher health literacy and patient engagement are the keys to improved health outcomes.

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Orthopedic Blog

What to Expect from Scoliosis Surgery

It is estimated that scoliosis affects about two to three percent of the United States population, or six to nine million people. Although the majority of scoliosis cases are diagnosed in children and adolescents, adults are also susceptible to the spinal condition. Scoliosis is diagnosed in individuals who have a curvature of the spine that [...]

How to Manage Scoliosis Symptoms

Many people associate scoliosis (an abnormal curve in the spine) with children, but adults can also develop the condition. It is important to understand this because this condition in children and in adults requires differing management. For example, if you were diagnosed as a child, there’s a good chance you had to wear a plastic […]

Spondylosis: A Guide to Treatment

Cervical spondylosis (arthritis of the neck) is a degenerative condition that develops as we age and affects the vertebral disc and facet joints. Over time, many people experience degenerative changes of the spine, such as this common type of arthritis. In fact, spondylosis is the most widely seen type of osteoarthritis of the neck, affecting [...]

Cervical Spine: Basic Anatomy and Common Issues

The cervical spine – the neck region – consists of seven different bones (C1-C7 vertebrae) and is one of the most essential parts of the body. Often referred to as the spinal column, the cervical spine has the very important role of supporting the skull, protecting the spinal cord, and allowing for various head movements. […]

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Causes and Treatments

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition that occurs when the thoracic outlet (the space between the collarbone and your first rib) has narrowed. This can happen for numerous reasons, including being the result of an injury, disease, or a structural issue that has been there since birth. Thoracic outlet syndrome can cause a wide variety […]

Causes and Treatments of Upper Back Pain

Not Just the Lower Back Back pain is incredibly common, affecting an estimated 80 percent of the population at one point or another during their lifetime. When it comes to diagnosing and treating upper back pain, the first step is finding the exact cause of the discomfort. Unfortunately, this isn’t always as straightforward as we’d […]

Three Causes of Lumbar Spine Pain

Lower back pain is rampant in the adult population. Roughly 80 percent of people will experience some form of pain near the lumbar spine. While this may sound ominous and pessimistic, the truth is that lower back pain can be overcome, it just requires the right information. The first step to finding relief from lower […]

How to Find Piriformis Syndrome Relief

Sciatic nerve pain affects a large number of people, and while many underlying conditions can cause this pain, piriformis syndrome is a prevalent contributor. While this syndrome is somewhat easy to fix, it can wreak havoc on a patient’s quality of life, which is why today we will be discussing how to achieve piriformis syndrome […]

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