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Orthopaedics & Spine


Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis occurs when the spaces inside a patient’s spinal column become more narrow, putting pressure on the nerves inside and causing pain. If a patient has the symptoms of spinal stenosis, Dr. Jon Gottlieb can evaluate the patient and confirm the diagnosis. He can also recommend treatments that may be beneficial. To make an appointment with Dr. Gottlieb, please contact Jon Gottlieb, MD at Coastal Health Partners



Radiculopathy occurs when one of the nerves in the spinal column is compressed or irritated. This leads to uncomfortable symptoms in the patient’s arms and/or legs, depending on the location of the affected nerve. Dr. Kris Okumu can diagnose radiculopathy accurately and offer treatment options to improve the patient’s symptoms. If you have the symptoms of radiculopathy, please contact his practice at Coastal Health Partners.


Compression Fracture

Often caused by osteoporosis, a compression fracture is a painful injury that occurs when bones in the spine break under pressure. Dr. Kris Okumu can diagnose compression fractures accurately and offer treatment options to help you heal faster. If you have the symptoms of a compression fracture, please contact  Coastal Health Partners, today to make an appointment with Dr. Okumu


Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a condition that develops as the intervertebral discs in the back break down with age. This condition causes pain and other symptoms that can disrupt the patient’s life considerably. Dr. Kris Okumu can diagnose degenerative disc disease and recommend treatments to help with the symptoms. If you think you may have this condition, please contact Kris Okumu, MD, today to make an appointment.



Disc Herniation

A disc herniation occurs when one of the intervertebral discs in the spine is damaged, leading to pain, numbness, and other symptoms. Fortunately, effective treatments for this condition are available. Kris Okumu, MD, offers a variety of treatment options to improve herniated discs and/or alleviate the symptoms. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Okumu please contact his office at Coastal Health Partners.


Disc Replacement Surgery

If a patient has a herniated or ruptured disc in his or her back, disc replacement can eliminate the symptoms and improve the patient’s quality of life. This procedure is an alternative to other options, including spinal fusion surgery. Dr. Kris Okumu is proud to offer disc replacement to patients in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties and the surrounding area. If you’re interested in this procedure, please contact Kris Okumu, MD at Coastal Health Partners to make an appointment today.


Minimally Invasive Surgery

It’s not likely you’ll ever look forward to spinal surgery, and in the past, it was particularly troublesome when open surgery was the norm. Dr. Kris Okumu is a specialist in spinal surgery that uses advanced instruments and tiny incisions to perform procedures that previously left large scars. If you’re facing a spinal procedure, call Coastal Health Partners or book a consultation online to explore all of your options.


Back and Neck Pain

Neck and back pain affect millions of Americans every year, leading to missed days at work while interfering with other aspects of daily life. These types of pain can develop for many different reasons, including herniated discs and strained muscles. Dr. Kris Okumu offers accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for patients struggling with back pain. To make an appointment for neck or back pain treatment, please contact Coastal Health Partners.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call: 1-844-8COASTAL (1-844-826-2782)


Meet our Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon:

Dr. Kris Okumu, MD

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