Company Spotlight: SpineZone Clinics Offer Alternative Treatments for Back and Neck Pain

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Back and joint pain are so common that medical reports estimate that four out of five people will suffer from it in their lifetime. Two brothers who are also doctors started SpineZone medical clinics with a holistic approach to help relieve some of that pain.

Drs. Kamshad Raiszadeh and Kian Raiszadeh oversee SpineZone, which works with patients through online technology and clinical treatments to stabilize muscles and increase flexibility.

The brothers said they strive to treat their patients without surgery or the use of opioids.

There are 10 SpineZone clinics – nine in San Diego and one in Orange County. New clinics in Rancho Bernardo, which opened March 1, San Marcos, Sorrento Valley and Eastlake/Chula Vista joined established clinics in Del Mar, Encinitas, La Mesa, Mission Valley, Oceanside and Santa Ana.

Kamshad Raiszadeh, who has 20 years of experience in a wide range of spine surgeries, founded SpineZone in 2005. His brother, who spent over six years in sports medicine, joined in 2015.

Kamshad Raiszadeh, SpineZone’s Chief Medical Officer, completed medical school at UC San Francisco, orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis, and fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases/NYU in New York. Raiszadeh said that over time he has noticed a dramatic increase in the number of patients turning to surgery for the treatment of neck and lower back pain. But many weren’t getting the desired long-term results, he said.

“By treating the whole person and the diverse and complex causes of pain in the body, we found we could reduce surgical procedures and improve patients’ quality of life in the long term,” he said. .

Kian Raiszadeh, CEO of SpineZone

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Kian Raiszadeh, CEO of SpineZone, graduated from UC Berkeley and completed medical school at UC San Diego, and now works as a sports physician at Kaiser Permanente’s San Marcos Medical Center. He said across the industry he believed patients were being overtreated with semergency, imaging and medication for back and neck pain.

He founded a software company that aims to help patients manage their chronic conditions, but said partnering with his brother was the best strategy. He still sees patients several days a month at Kaiser Permanente to maintain his skills, he said.

SpineZone treatment begins with the patient’s first visit.

“We offer a very personalized hands-on approach, starting with an initial assessment that takes about 60 minutes,” Kian Raiszadeh said.

The assessment covers everything from the patient’s strength and posture to nutrition and emotions.

“Our clinics have medical-grade equipment that allows them to get very specific strength data, for example,” he said.

After the assessment, a personalized and comprehensive treatment plan designed for pain relief is initiated, which includes a health coach for patients.

“Our medical team assesses each patient’s progress on a weekly basis and they can step in and recommend any necessary services,” Raiszadeh said.

Medical monitoring in the form of personalized care and individual services for eating, sleeping, nutritional and opioid use issues completes the SpineZone experience.

“Often patients come to our clinics desperate for help, but they don’t get the right tools,” Raiszadeh said.

A number of factors need to be considered, such as core muscle strengthening, mind/body connection and nutrition, Kamshad Raiszadeh said.

For many patients, fear or other factors can cause avoidance behavior and lead to downward spirals, he said. Nutritional factors, such as weight control, muscle building, and an anti-inflammatory diet, must also be considered for many patients to experience pain relief.

Raiszadeh has put much of this information into a book, “Take Back Control,” in which he provides practical advice and tools for those who suffer from chronic back and neck pain. The book is sold on www.amazon.comand www.takebackcontrol.com.

“I can give most patients an option other than surgery,” he said. “We call it slow medicine. Stay with us for six to 10 weeks and you will see a difference. Everyone is part of a team, helping to manage your condition.

SpineZone is aligned with physicians from Sharp Health, Scripps Health and Providence, and the group’s online program has expanded nationwide. The brothers plan to expand their clinics across California and beyond.

SpineZone Del Mar can be reached at 858-704-2713; the Del Mar Clinic is located at 12865 Pointe Del Mar Way, Suite 190, Del Mar CA 92014. SpineZone Encinitas can be reached at 760-652-3362; the Encinitas Clinic is located at 285 N El Camino Real, Suite 105, Encinitas CA 92024. Patients can make an appointment at any clinic by calling 844-316-7979. For more information visit: www.SpineZone.com or the Facebook page.

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