As a board certified Physiatrist, Dr. Robert L. Frazho specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation for spine care involving the neck and back. Dr. Frazho uses the latest technology to treat his patients in the most comfortable manner possible.

In addition to specializing in electromyography (EMG), a diagnostic test for nerve and muscle disorders, Dr. Frazho performs epidurals, facet blocks, radiofrequency ablation, percutaneous microdisectomy, sacroiliac injections, and discography. These procedures offer patients comfort and optimal recovery time.

Dr. Frazho specializes in Non-Surgical Spine Care treatments that address the following medical conditions:

Disc Degeneration

This is a common cause of back pain. It occurs when the cushioning cartilage between the discs become worn, resulting in nerve irritation.

Disc Herniation

Disc herniation occurs when a spinal disc ruptures, pushing a portion of it outside of its normal boundary. This places pressure on the surrounding nerves, leading to pain, weakness and/or numbness in the head, arms, hands, buttocks, neck and low back.

Radiculopathy

This condition is a result of a root nerve along the spine being irritated or pinched. This causes pain, weakness and numbness to radiate to the part of the body served by the nerve.

Spinal Arthritis (Facet Syndrome)

This is a result of spinal degeneration caused by age, overuse, poor posture or injury. Facets are the small flat joints in the back of the spine that allow for movement between vertebrae. Facet mediate pain refers to pain caused by irritation or inflammation of one of these joints.

Spondylolisthesis

A slipping or displacement of a vertabra which causes stress on the disc and facet joints. The symptoms associated with spondylolisthesis include pain in the low back, legs, muscle spasms, and weakness and/or tight hamstring muscles.

Spondylolysis

Spondylolysis refers to a defect in one of the vertebra in the lower back. The area of the vertebra called the pedicle, which protects the spinal nerves, is affected.

Practice Philosophy

Dr. Frazho uses the latest technology to provide non-surgical spine and sports care and a minimally invasive approach to treat his patients in the most comfortable manner possible.

Work Experience:
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates, Inc.  2005 to Present

Fellowship:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Spine Fellow, 2004 – 2005

Residency:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Chief Resident, 2003 – 2004

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2001 – 2004

Other Medical Training:
William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan
Transitional Internship, 2000 – 2001

Medical School:
MD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1996 – 2000

Certification and Licensure:
Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2005
State of Michigan Educational Limited Medical License, 2001 – Present
United States Medical Licensing Examination I, II, III, 1998 – 2002

Clinical Interest:
Interventional and Conservative Spine Care for:
Disc Degeneration
Disc Herniation
Radiclopathy
Facet Mediated Pain
Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolysis
Other Back and Spine Nerve and Muscle Disorders

Membership:
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2001 – Present

Honors and Affiliations:
Chief Resident
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan

Scored in Top Ten Percent Nationally on Written Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Boards
Scored in Top Five Percent Nationally on EMG Self Assessment Exam

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