Spine & Neck
Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group (SMOG) has taken the
lead in providing an initial point of care for individuals suffering from
back or neck pain. Under the leadership of Dr. Kevin Ehrhart, the SMOG
spine and neck program seeks to develop an individualized treatment plan
for each patient, with the hopes of avoiding surgery if at all possible.
SMOG’s integrated approach begins with an assessment by Dr. Arash
Lavian, a board-certified physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation
and pain management, who is also fellowship-trained in pain management.
Treatment plans may include any combination of the following:
- Pain Management Procedures
- Physical Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
All approaches are managed by SMOG physicians until the patient is back
to health. Additionally, if surgery is indicated, patients will be referred
to SMOG orthopedic surgeons with expertise in the area or referrals will
be given to other specialists with whom SMOG physicians have a close working
The following SMOG doctors are involved in caring for patients with spine
and neck conditions:
For additional information on knee and leg injuries, conditions, and treatments,
at the website for the
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.