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 relationship.

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.