Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Delray Beach
South Florida Back Spine and Scoliosis
15300 Jog Rd, Suite 110,
Delray Beach, Fl 33446
Spine Surgeon Delray Beach
Experiencing back pain? Contact us to make an Appointment with Dr. Matthew Hepler, your best choice for an orthopedic spine surgeon in Palm Beach County, FL.
We are open:
Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Delray Beach – Further Information
As an orthopedic spine specialist in Delray Beach, Dr. Hepler is also able to service nearby communities, including:
- Boynton Beach
- Deerfield Beach
- Boca Raton
- Lake Worth
- Pompano Beach
- Other cities in Palm Beach County
There are many types of back injuries, so it’s important to have a medical provider with experience in this field evalaute the symptoms before. Depending upon your specific condition, a surgical or non-surgical treatment plan will be prescribed.
In addition to treating patients at the Delray Beach office, Dr. Hepler also has an office in Broward County. Read about his role as an orthopedic spine surgeon in Fort Lauderdale.
About Dr. Hepler – Orthopedic Spine Specialist
Dr. Hepler is a leading orthopedic spine surgeon in Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale with fellowship training in both adult and pediatric spine surgery. He has a subspecialty interest in complex spine reconstruction. That includes scoliosis, kyphosis, and spondylolisthesis. Dr. Hepler treats all spine conditions including disc herniations, radiculopathy, discogenic disc disease, lumbar and cervical stenosis, traumatic and osteoporotic fractures, as well. He is also an expert in back surgery and spinal stenosis treatment in Palm Beach County. A former US Naval Flight Surgeon, Dr. Hepler completed two tours. One to the Mediterranean and middle east aboard the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt and one tour with the F-18 strike fighter training squadron. Read more about Dr. Hepler.
What is an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon?
The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons defines an orthopedic surgeon as:
An orthopaedic surgeon is a physician devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, disorders and diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system.
An orthopedic spine surgeon is very similar, except that they specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, disorders and disease of the body’s spine.
What is the difference between an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and Chiropractor?
The main difference between an orthopedic spine surgeon and a chiropractor, is that the latter does not prescribe medications nor perform surgery. That being said, there are also several similarities: Both of them specialize in providing treatment to the back and both of them want to return the patient to their full health.
What is the difference between an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and a General Orthopedic Surgeon?
The main difference between these two terms is that an orthopedic spine surgeon specializes in just treating the spine. We know through experience that if we specialize in something, we become better at it. The same can be true of orthopedic surgeons. There have been studies showing that surgeons who specialize in a certain area of the body achieve better surgical outcomes. So, if you are sure your injury is related to your spine, then it makes sense to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic spine surgeon.
What types of conditions does Dr. Hepler treat?
As a spine surgeon in Boynton Beach, Dr. Hepler treats a broad variety of conditions affecting the back.
Numerous spine conditions can be treated using minimally invasive spine surgery, including:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Scoliosis or spinal deformities
- Spinal fractures
- Spinal infections
Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) has been used successfully for a range of degenerative, traumatic and deformity related conditions. It has several advantages over traditional open surgical approaches. However, not every patient is a candidate for a minimally invasive approach for spine surgery. To determine if this might be the best option, you will need a detailed evaluation with our spine expert Dr. Hepler. View a full list of conditions he treats.
Are all conditions treated with surgery?
The treatment option selected will depend on several factor, such as the type of condition, the severity of the condition, and the state of the patient. Treatment options are both surgical and non-surgical. We also offer spinal injections as one of the non-surgical treatment options:
- trigger point injections
- facet injections
- epidural steroid injections
The exact treatment plan chosen will depend upon your specific injury or condition. A full examination is conducted with all new patients, to ensure that the medical history, symptoms, and all other relevant factors are considered prior to prescribing a treatment plan. View a full list of back surgery treatment options in Delray Beach, as well as non-surgical treatment options.
Spinal Surgery: When do you need back surgery?
First of all, spinal surgery might be an option, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the only way to relieve your back pain. Therefore, our spine doctor believes that back surgery might be an alternative when other non-surgical options failed. In other words, if other treatments, such as spinal injections and physical therapy, haven’t worked and your pain is still disabling and persistent, then you should consider surgery. Furthermore, spinal surgery often helps relieve associated numbness that travels to one or both legs and arms.
Here are some reasons you might need back surgery:
- Overgrowth of bone that can result in spinal bone spurs which put pressure on your spinal cord.
- Disk herniations, also called slipped or “ruptured” disks, that are not getting better and symptoms that have not been relieved after a period of non-surgical treatment.
- An unstable spine that requires stabilization, as it can no longer hold together the spinal ligaments, muscles, discs, and bones. This condition can be associated with spinal fractures, spondylolisthesis, or other dangerous disc injuries.
- A degenerative spinal condition, including stenosis, that causes side effects such as weakness or numbness in your arms and legs.
- Spinal infections that can cause pain in the arm or leg, fever, weight loss, muscle spasms, and problems with walking or using your hands.
- A tumor on your spinal cord.
- Spinal fracture or dislocated bones in the back.
Keep in mind that a thorough evaluation is not only required but also crucial to diagnosing and determining an appropriate form of treatment. Chances are that back surgery will not be necessary in your case. Our spinal surgeon will only recommend back surgery if you are suffering from a serious spinal cord injury and you have tried other treatments first with no results.
What types of insurance does Dr. Hepler accept?
Depending on your specific insurance plan, it may cover your cost of treatment by our spine surgeon. Participating insurance plans include Medicare, Aetna, BCBS among others. View a full list of accepted insurances.
Does Dr. Hepler accept Workers’ Compensation cases?
Yes. As an excellent spine surgeon in Delray Beach, Dr. Hepler has a lot of experience in the treatment of work related back injuries. He is listed on all major workers’ compensation insurances. Read more about our Workers’ Compensation program or contact the office at 561-345-1780.
Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Delray Beach – Additional Questions?
If you have any additional questions about Dr. Hepler and his role as a great orthopedic surgeon, please contact the office at 561-345-1780.