Neck & Cervical Spine

Orthopaedic spine care is especially important when it comes to finding relief from pain in the shoulders, neck, arm, muscle strains, cervical spine pain and other more advanced conditions. With expert spine physicians, sports medicine physicians, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, and pain management physicians, we can assess your needs for pain relief and functional improvement to help with your debilitation spine conditions. While we have patients that come from all over the United States and beyond to seek out our services, we pride ourselves in taking care of patients right here in the Southern New Jersey area, greater Philadelphia area, Delaware Valley area and the greater tri-state area.


Premier Orthopaedic is proud to bring to you a focused and highly trained team that deals with all aspects of neck and spine care. All located in your back yard. It's the right care, right here and right now. Whether it be sports related injuries, a traumatic injury like a car accident or a complex deformity, Premier orthopedics offers leaders in neck and spine care that specialize in your condition as taking care of you.

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Neck and spine ailments are very painful and debilitating. An accurate diagnosis and care from a specialist who knows you and is concerned about you is critical. At Premier, we have a team of nonoperative specialist that specialize in accurate diagnosis, advanced rehabilitation as well as pain management. We go the extra mile to make sure that you get the care you need individualized for your needs.

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Orthopaedic spine care is especially important when it comes to finding relief from pain in the shoulders, neck, arm, muscle strains, cervical spine pain and other more advanced conditions. With expert spine physicians, sports medicine physicians, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, and pain management physicians, we can assess your needs for pain relief and functional improvement to help with your debilitation spine conditions. While we have patients that come from all over the United States and beyond to seek out our services, we pride ourselves in taking care of patients right here in the Southern New Jersey area, greater Philadelphia area, Delaware Valley area and the greater tri-state area.


When surgery is a consideration, we have a team of dedicated surgical specialists that specialize is minimally invasive as complex reconstructive surgery for those who may have had surgery in the past. With training and honors and awards from the best spinal training programs and Ivy League universities, rest assured that all spinal problems would be investigated with the utmost care. And, at Premier, you have the confidence that only your doctor is doing your surgery. All in the convenience of your own backyard.


At Premier our approach to your condition is personalized to fit your needs and goals for recovery. Our fellowship training as an Orthopaedic Spine & Neck Surgeons provides you with the best chance of being pain free.






Experience the Premier Difference


At Premier, we pride ourselves on delivering PREMIER CARE, right here, right now. Our care starts with LISTENING to how your problem is affecting you. Then, after carefully understanding your difficulties, our board certified and fellowship trained specialists work to use the most advanced diagnostic testing to further clarify and diagnose your ailment. With a clear understanding, we work tirelessly to solve your orthopaedic related problems with the most advanced techniques, right in your own back yard. Receiving “PREMIER care, right here, right now”!



Rahul V. Shah

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Rahul V. Shah, MD, FAAOS, is a board certified, fellowship trained Orthopedic Spine & Neck Surgeon and a partner with Premier Orthopaedic Associates.

Kimberley Y. Smith

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Kimberley Y. Smith, MD, FAAPMR & FAAPM, is a double board certified, fellowship trained Pain Management Specialist with Premier Orthopaedic Associates.

Chiara Mariani

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Chiara Mariani, MD, FAAPMR, is a board certified, Pain Management Specialist with Premier Orthopaedic Associates.

Vincent N. Disabella

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Vincent N. Disabella, DO, FAOASM is a Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Sports Medicine Physician and Board Certified Internal Medicine

Spine and Neck Conditions Treated at Premier Orthopeadics

  • Degenerative Disc Disease Open or Close
    Degenerative disc disease is a condition that affects the different discs in the spine. It often results from wear and tear in the spine and can result in a variety of ailments. sometimes, these aliments can include cervical spine pain, thoracic spine pain. Often time conditions including annular tears, torns discs, dsic protrusions and foraminal narrowing can occur along-side the degenerative disc disease.

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  • Lumbar Spine Pain Open or Close
  • Cervical Spine Pain Open or Close
    Cervical Spine Pain pain can come from a variety of causes. The pain may be stabbing, a deep ache, pins and needles, fire-like or a whole host of other types. It may come from a variety of causes. associated conditions can also include whiplash injuries, bulging disc, disc tear, annular tear, facent joint disease, facet joint syndrome, pinched nerve, radiculitis, radiculopathy, spinal bone spurs.

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  • Whiplash Injuries Open or Close
    Whiplash injuries injuries are painful conditions that can arise from the cervical spine and neck being jostled in a sudden movement. Typical examples include a motor vehicle injury. While whiplash may be one component of the injury, often times additional injuries can also occur. Other conditions like annular tears, torn discs, disc protrusion and facet mediated pain can occur with a whiplash injury. In order to address such a condition, it is important to find a orthopedic and neck specialist who can diagnose and find the right treatment for you.

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  • Kyphosis Open or Close
    Kyphosis ia condition when the natural curvature of the neck is lost. In kyphosis, one’s chin tends to hang lower towards the chest, and people feel as though they are always looking down and its painful to look up. this condition can come about for a variety of additional reasons. Kyphosis can be associated with whiplash injuries, bulging discs, disc tears, painful arthritis, bone spurs, facet joint syndrome, pinched nerves, radiculitis, among many things. In order to solve the problems associated with kyphosis, its is important to find the right diagnosis and the right orthopaedic and pain management physician to address your needs.

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  • Thoracic Spine Pain Open or Close
    Thoracic spine pain typically is pain that is in between the wings of the shoulder and the middle of the back. It can sometimes go into the chest or arms. often times, thoracic spine pain can come from a variety of conditions. It can come from pain caused by the heart, lungs or a variety of causes coming from the spine itself. Sometimes, people are diagnosed with thoracic spine pain after people have gone to the emergency room concerned about a heart attack. When thoracic spine pain is coming from the muscles, nerves or bones related to the neck or back, we have orthopaedic surgery specialists, who specialize in the diagnosis and management of this common discomfort.

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  • Cervical Myelopathy Open or Close
    Cervical myelopathy is a subtle condition that has important consequences. Cervical myelopathy can result from pressure on the spinal cord. Such pressure can cause one to experience clumsiness of the arms, hand, and diffulclty walking. Cervical mayleopathy can also lead to difficluty with controlling one’s bowel and bladder. While there are a variety of causes for cervical myelopathy, left unchecked the limations on one’s life can be significant.

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  • Scoliosis Open or Close
    Scoliosis is a condition that affects different part of the spine and results in twisting or corkscrwing of the spine. With scoliosis, people will notice that one shoulder is higher than another. Other times, people will notice that their waist is shifted off to the side or the torso appears to lean. Those with scoliosis are often told to “stand up straight” even though this seems to be all they do. when bending, others may notice that one or both shoulder blades protrude. At Premier Orthopedic, we have scoliosis specialists how have extensive experience in managing and treating all types of scoliosis.

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  • Cervical Forminal Narrowing Open or Close
    Cervical Forminal Narrowing is narrowing of the cervical foramina occurs when the pathway of the nerves in the neck is made smaller. Cervical foraminal narrowing can occur from a whole host of reasons. These reasons can include herniated discs, piched nerves, spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, disc protrusions, arthritis of the spine, facet joint disease adn spinal bone spurs. The end result is that the pathway that the nerve takes from the neck to the rest of the body is nasrrowed and potentially compromised. This can sometimes reult in debilitating spine conditions and pain. treatments for this can include nonoperative and operative solutions. Nonoperative treatments can include physical therapy, accupuncture, and pain management treatments including epidural steroid injections, selective nerve root blocks, and transforaminal epidural injections. Surgical treatments can include edoscopic discectomy, endoscopic foraminotomy, disc replacement surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, along with spinal fusion surgery.

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  • Cervical Disc Protrusion Open or Close
    A cervical disc protrusion can be part of the natural aging process or can be associated with an injury that can render it symptomatic. When symptomatic, it can cause pain that can result in a deep ache, tightness, burning pain with a component of pins and needles. While this pain is mainly associated with difficulty in the neck itself, it can also cause pain that goes down the wings of the shoulder. The pain and associated sensations can ecompass the shoulder and elbow. Sometimes the pain and associated sensations can go all the way down to the fingers. Sometimes this pain can be tied in with other types of pain including pain from facet joint sydrome, pain from facet joint disease, pain from foraminal stenosis, pain from radiculitis, along with pain from radiculopathy. A variety of treatments for this type of pain can be used in a customized and person approach. These treatments include nonoperative solutions including outpatient physical therapy, and alternative treatments like accupuncture . Traditional treatments of pain mangement and epidural steroid injections can also be utlizied. Surgical solutions can include endoscopic disctomy, total disc replacement, spinal fusion.

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  • Vertebral Fractures Open or Close
    Vertebral fractures are a broken bones that are found in the spine. With a break in the spine, often times it is not just the bone that is injured but also the surrounding tissues including the muscles, ligaments, nerves and discs. Vertebral fractures may occur as the result of a motor vehicle accident and may be assoicated with whiplash injuries. The effects of the vertebral fracture, then, may not just be limited the broken bone itselft, but the consequences of the rest of the injury to the other surrounding tissues. So, with vertebral fracture, one can experience cervical spine pain, spasm, tightness in the neck, along with spinal stensosis, disc protrusion, foraminal narrowing, torn discs, bulging discs, disc tears, facet joint syndrome, pinched nerves, radicultiis, radiculopathy, spinal deformity, .In order to treat this potentially serious condition, you need a dedicated team of orthopedic specilists who specialize in Orthopedic fracture caren and specifically spinal facture care.

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  • Herniated Disc Pain Open or Close
    Herniated disc pain refers to pain that come as a result of a herniated disc. Often this type of pain can result in a deep ache (almost like toothache) along with spasms, burning pain and a stiffness. while this pain is mainly associated with difficulty in the neck itself, it can also cause pain that goes down the wings of the shoulder. The pain and associated sensations can ecompass the shoulder and elbow. Sometimes the pain and associated sensations can go all the way down to the fingers. Left untreated, sometimes this pain can go onto other types of pain including facet joint sydrome, facet joint disease, foraminal stenosis, radiculitis, and radiculopathy. Treatments for this type of pain can include nonoperative solutions including physical therapy, accupuncture and pain mangement treatments. Surgical solutions can include epidural steroid injections, endoscopic disctomy, total disc replacemtn, spinal fusion.

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