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New spine center provides non-surgical options,
minimally invasive surgery & artificial disc to Gulf Coast

Medicine is becoming increasingly specialized — all for the benefit of the patient.

Recognizing that back and neck pain requires a specialized spine center approach, Dr. Michael Rohan launched Panama City Spine. The goal of Panama City Spine is to improve the care of back and neck pain for back and neck pain surfferers in western Florida and the gulf coast region of Southern Alabama, Southwest Georgia and southeast Louisiana.

Panama City Spine features the expertise of Dr. Michael Rohan, a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon who is fellowship-trained in spine. “We emphasize non-surgical treatment options where possible, including therapy and spinal injections,” Dr. Rohan explains. “However sometimes symptoms can progress to radiating pain into an arm or leg. Other red flag symptoms include numbness or weakness in a leg or arm. If this type of neurological deficit is not treated promptly, these symptoms can become permanent.”

Dr. Rohan notes that the spine center uses the newest minimally invasive spine surgery techniques and instrumentation. “While this can involve more training to operate through a half- inch incision rather than an open 3-inch incision, the benefits are huge for the patient,” Dr. Rohan explains. “A tiny incision means less disruption to muscles and ligaments and a quicker, less painful recovery. Consequently, most patients can have their spine surgery in the morning and be home later the same day to recover in the comfort of their own home. Also less blood loss eliminates the risk of having to use blood from a blook bank.”

“We recognized that for those in the gulf coast region, there is a need for a spine program that uses the newest minimally invasive instrumentation,” explains Dr. Rohan. “The savvy patient should look for this expertise. In the past, they had to drive 300 miles. Now it’s close to where they live.”

In minimally invasive spine surgery, the surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through tiny incisions to access the damaged disc in the spine. Entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues.

As a community service, the spine center distributes a free 36 page Home Remedy Book on back pain. Recognizing that the best quality healthcare comes from a well-informed health care consumer, the spine center developed an online encyclopedia about back and neck pain at PanamaCitySpine.com that has symptom charts and stretches that can relieve symptoms.

“We believe that the best healthcare comes from an educated healthcare consumer,” adds Dr. Rohan. “Consequently, we developed an online spine encyclopedia at PanamaCitySpine.com that has symptom charts, home remedies and stretches that relieve back and neck pain symptoms. We also provide a free 36-page Home Remedy Book that includes home remedies and stretches that can relieve pain along with symptom charts that show when to see a doctor.”


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Dr. Michael Rohan, Jr. is fellowship-trained in spine surgery, the highest level of medical education in the U.S. Consequently, Panama City Spine is referred back and neck pain patients from across the Gulf Coast who can benefit from the most advanced minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement surgery.

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