Back, Neck and Spine Care | Northfield Hospital & Clinics

Back, Neck and Spine Care - Achieve your goals for a more active lifestyle

Back pain is one of the most widespread health problems, affecting four out of five Americans in their lifetime. The spine is an interdependent system of 33 vertebrae, more than 100 joints, 120 muscles, 23 discs, and more than 220 ligaments. So when something goes wrong within that system, the hundreds of nerve fibers and countess nerve endings are quick to alert you.

Conservative Care – Helping You Avoid Surgery

Through our partnership with Summit Orthopedics, your care will be provided by a Summit Spine Specialist with the experience and expertise to help alleviate your back problems. Summit’s spine specialists diagnose the full spectrum of back and neck problems and design custom neck and back treatment plans built on a non-surgical approach. We leverage conservative methods such as guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication.

In fact, 87 percent of our spine patients are successfully treated with conservative therapies that do not involve surgery. In the few cases where conservative care is no longer managing your symptoms, we are here to consult with you and discuss appropriate surgical options. If your condition is complex, we will refer you directly to a spine surgeon for a surgical consultation. If needed, we will provide follow up care close to your home in collaboration with your surgeon. 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation “PM&R” is a medical specialty that aims to enhance and restore functional ability, decrease pain and improve the quality of life of patients. It is a three year medical residency following the completion of medical school and a one year medical internship. Also known as Physiatrists, PM&R physicians often choose additional one year post-residency fellowships in pain/spine medicine, sports medicine or inpatient rehabilitation including brain and spinal cord injury.

Physiatrists at Summit Orthopedics have a wide knowledge of spine, musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions. They have the ability to perform thorough history and physical exams, interpret medical imaging, guide physical therapy and medical treatments and perform interventional spine/pain procedures in order to help decrease pain and improve function. A Physiatrist’s goal is to formulate an accurate medical/orthopedic diagnosis when possible, and discuss all potential treatment options to help patients address their medical goals, and improve their functionality and quality of life.

Conditions We Treat:

  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Inflamed, torn or slipped disc
  • Leg numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Neck pain
  • Pain caused by different leg lengths
  • Bone spur
  • Coccydynia
  • Compression fracture
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disc herniation
  • Facet arthropathy
  • Mid-thoracic back pain
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Stenosis
  • Whiplash

Care Team - Top Doctors & Providers

Choi, Catherine, MD

Orthopedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Orthopedic Clinic - Northfield
(507) 646-8900
Surgery Center
(507) 646-6001

Koehler, Scott, MD

Sports Medicine
Surgery Center
(507) 646-6001


Orthopedic Clinic - Northfield

(507) 646-8900
Monday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1381 Jefferson Road, Northfield, Minnesota 55057
Orthopedic Clinic Building - Northfield