Our Specialties – Spine

Spine Procedures

Cervical Spine (Neck)

Symptoms of cervical spine pathology include:
Neck pain, Numbness/tingling of the extremities, headache, muscle weakness and stiffness, difficulty sleeping, or decreased range of motion

Where the pain is:
Pain is typically localized to the neck, radiating down the arms or into the shoulder blade. Pain may also be in the shoulders or hands.

How we diagnose:
We first perform a physical exam and look for any signs of neurologic impingement. We perform x-rays in the office to evaluate for any signs of pathology. If there are signs of spinal pathology, we typically will order additional diagnostics, such as an MRI or CT myelogram. In instances of suspected nerve damage, we will order an EMG (electromyelogram).

Lumbar Spine (Back)

Symptoms of lumbar spine pathology:
Low back pain, Numbness/tingling in the extremities, increased pain with walking (neurogenic claudication), muscle weakness, stiffness, most comfortable at rest, sitting or leaning forward

Where the pain is:
Pain is typically localized to the lower back, but may cause pain to radiate into the butttocks, hips, and down the legs

How we diagnose:
We first perform a physical exam and look for any signs of neurologic impingement. We perform x-rays in the office to evaluate for any signs of pathology. If there are signs of spinal pathology, we typically will order additional diagnostics, such as an MRI or CT myelogram. In instances of suspected nerve damage, we will order an EMG (electromyelogram).

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Westlake Orthopaedics Spine & Sport
5656 Bee Caves Rd.
Suite K-200
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: 512-329-6644
E-mail: ggrant@westlakeortho.net

About The Doctor

Dr. Scott Spann

Specialty area: Spine, Sports Medicine
Education Info: Fellowship trained combined Ortho/Neuro clinical fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia. MD obtained at USC
Professional Info: AAOS, ABOS, NASS,
Personal Info: www.ScottSpannMD.co

Born and raised primarily in South Carolina to a Marine Corp family, Dr. Spann went off to high school in Jacksonville, Florida to pursue his goal of making the Olympic Swimming Team. From there, he started college on a scholarship at Auburn University. While there, Dr. Spann was named SEC Swimmer of the Year twice, was the Auburn Athlete of the Year, won three individual NCAA titles, and won swimming’s Kiputh Award as the Most Valuable National Swimmer. After his sophomore year he transferred to the University of Texas following his coach, Eddie Reese, in 1978.

After the mandatory red shirt year, Dr. Spann led UT to its first finish in the top 10 in modern times with a 2nd place in NCAA team standings, and as captain his senior year led UT to its first National Championship. He also captured four NCAA titles while at UT in both individual and relay events.After college graduation, he married his college sweetheart, Beth, started their family in the ensuing years, and has three wonderful children in Austin, Alexi, and Scott Jr. All have attended UT also on swimming scholarships. Alexi and Scott Jr. were also Pan American medalists, making them the only father, daughter, son combination in history to do so.

From UT, he went to medical school at the University of South Carolina, where he was selected as president of the State Student Section of the American Medical Association.

Partnership and Orthopaedic Residency ensued at Ochsner Foundation in New Orleans. Concomitantly, he enlisted with the US Army Medical Corps and eventually retired with honorable discharge as a Major.

Upon completion of residency, a fellowship in spine surgery was performed while in Atlanta.

Knoxville, Tennessee was the first private practice for Dr. Spann, and by his third year he was elected

Chairman of Orthopaedics of the largest hospital system in east Tennessee.

He was then recruited by the world renowned Frank Noyes in Cincinnati to start the Spine Care Institute. Here he participated in some of the FDA trials to bring new spinal products to market upon which a great deal of all subsequent technology has been built.

After two years, Dr. Spann and his family decided to invest their remaining lives in Austin. He has been back here since 1997, is the founder of Westlake Orthopaedics and one of the initial founders of Westlake Hospital.

Post-op Protocols:

ACDF Instructions

AP Fusion Instructions

Discectomy Instructions

Lumbar Fusion Protocol

Knee arthroscopy Instructions

Shoulder Arthroscopy Instructions

Additional links of Interest:

www.ScottSpannMD.com http://www.beckersspine.com/spine/item/16505-starting-a-device-company-3-steps-from-dr-scott-spann http://www.beckersspine.com/lists/item/19073-20-spine-surgeons-focused-on-trauma-care http://www.beckersspine.com/spine/item/18025-where-should-the-spine-industry-s-attention-be-focused-right-now-6-surgeons-weigh-in

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Westlake Orthopaedics Spine & Sports

Westlake Orthopaedics Spine & Sports
5656 Bee Cave Road
West Lake Hills, Texas 78746