REDLANDS –It’s easy to dismiss neck or back pain as a life- changing condition
until an acute episode or injury lands you flat on your back, unable to
move and suffering from great pain.
Here is some good news. Back pain may go away over time on its own with
rest and medication. Your back that was injured from a work injury or
personal injury may require medical treatment.
To improve access to and provide care for those with neck and back pain,
Redlands Community Hospital has opened a dedicated, comprehensive program
at their Center for Surgical and Specialty Care. The Center is located
across the street from the Hospital campus at 255 Terracina Blvd. Suite
104B, adjacent to the Hospital’s Women’s Health Imaging Center.
The Center for Surgical and Specialty Care is a specialty clinic dedicated
to the treatment of back, neck and spinal disorders by a team of highly
trained and credentialed physicians and surgeons. From diagnosis to medical
care, from surgery to rehabilitation and a healthy return to your active
lifestyle and work, the Center provides the care to expedite your recovery.
The medical team is comprised of neurosurgeons, pain management specialist,
and a physiatrist (physical medicine specialist).
“We ask a lot from our backs each day, and we often take for granted
all that it does to keep us upright and moving,” said Robertus Kounang,
MD, a board-certified physiatrist who manages patient care for the back
pain program at the Center for Surgical and Specialty Care and is on staff
at Redlands Community Hospital. “Most back pain can be treated very
effectively without the need for surgery, which is welcomed news for many
patients. Once we understand what it takes to keep our backs in shape,
we become our own best caregivers.” Dr. Kounang’s specialty
in physical medicine deals with the non-surgical treatment of back pain,
including occupational rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Patients enjoy the coordinated care provided at the Center as a venue
for all of their back care. “When you have back pain, even just
the thought of traveling all over to get different medical care can be
overwhelming,” he said. “By focusing on a patient-centered
program, and providing coordinated care in one location, it is easier
on the patient and their family.”
Dr. Kounang’s approach to patient care is based on a simple goal
– getting you out of pain and back to work as soon as possible.
“Back pain is one of the leading causes of missed work due to injury.
My passion is to get my patients back to normal with the least amount
of stress and pain in as quick of time as is clinically available,”
said Dr. Kounang, who completed his fellowship in spinal cord injury at
Harvard Medical School.
The Center for Surgical and Specialty Care at Redlands Community Hospital
offers comprehensive care by specialty-trained, board-certified physicians
serving patients from diagnosis through treatment in the areas of: Neck
and Back Pain, Neurosurgery, Vascular Surgery, and minimally invasive
robotic surgery (daVinci®), which includes: Prostate and Gynecology.
For more information please call the Center for Surgical and Specialty
Care at (909) 335-5500, or visit our website at
Redlands Community Hospital is a Not-For-Profit, Stand-Alone Hospital.