Services at a glance
What is a Facet Joint? Facet joints are on the left and right side of the spine, these joints act as a connection point for the neighboring vertebrae. Facet joints, are approximately the size of your fingernail, A smooth connective tissue, called cartilage, covers the bone surfaces inside each facet joint. These connections help […]
What are Medial Branch Nerves? Medial branch nerves are the small nerve branches that control sensation to part of your facet joints. The facet joint is where each bone of the spine (vertebrae) connects with the next. Each vertebra has two pairs of facet joints. These joints support your spine when you bend or twist. […]
What is the Sacroiliac Joint? The sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, is a joint in the lower back where the spine connects to the hips and pelvis. You have SI joints on both the left and right side of your hips. These joints help control your hip area when you move. What is Sacroiliac […]
What is a Cervical (neck) or Lumbar (lower back) Discography? A discogram is a diagnostic test performed to determine the location or source of our pain pain. How is this procedure done? Utah Spine Care uses fluoroscopy (live x-ray guidance) for all Discography Procedures The patient will lie on a procedure bed on his or […]
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Born in Long Beach, California, Dr. Smith is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. He received his medical doctorate at the University of Utah, interned at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, and completed his residency at the University of...Find out more
Dr. Brad Melville received his medical degree at the University of Louisville and completed his medical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His practice focuses on the nonsurgical management...Find out more
Dr. Shepherd is a graduate of Weber State University and graduated medical school from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He chose this specialty because of the focus on nonsurgical musculoskeletal care. He enjoys empowering his patients by educating them...Find out more