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Meet the Doctor

Justin S. Field, M.D.

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon
  • Board-Certified

Dr. Field is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon. Dr. Field has specialized training in minimally invasive spine surgery and motion sparing technologies, such as cervical and lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement, as well as non-fusion stabilization. In addition, he has extensive training in adult deformity correction and treatment.

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COLLEGE Vanderbilt University & Georgetown University
MEDICAL SCHOOL Tulane University
RESIDENCY Duke University
FELLOWSHIP The Spine Institute in Santa Monica (CA)

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He graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Field went on to earn a Masters of Science degree in Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University. He then earned his Medical degree at Tulane University, where he finished in the top 1% of his class.

Dr. Field completed both his surgical internship and orthopedic surgery residency at Duke University. He completed a spine surgery fellowship at The Spine Institute in Santa Monica (CA). His peers recognized Dr. Field to be one of the top Phoenix spine surgeons in 2009, 2011 – 2021, and 2023.

He was also recognized as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors. This award is based on reviews written by hundreds of thousands of patients. The Compassionate Doctor certification is part of the Patients’ Choice recognition program, where patients rate and vote for their favorite doctors.

He was also awarded 2014 Top 10 Doctor – Voted one of the Top 10 Specialists in Phoenix and 2014 Top 10 Doctor – Voted as one of Phoenix Metro Area’s Top 10 Orthopedic Surgeon Specialists by Vitals. Each year, over 120 million people visit Vitals to search for and rate doctors. Vitals analyzed patient-provided ratings and identified the Top 10 Doctors within a certain specialty and area. Only 1% of all doctors nationally meet the criteria for Top 10 Doctor honors, and Dr. Field is part of this group.

In February of 2016, Dr. Field was recognized as an Expert Network Distinguished Professional, receiving the Distinguished Doctor Designation©, which is only conferred upon the top 3% of physicians in the nation.

The Expert Network is the leading invitation-only network for professionals who have contributed meaningfully to their field and can demonstrate a distinct perspective on the future of their profession.

In his free time, Dr. Field enjoys Jui Jitsu, basketball, tennis, rugby, and piano, and especially spending time with his wife and children.

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All About C5 and C6 Treatments
November 8, 2023

All About C5 and C6 Treatments

Each vertebra plays a role in supporting the body’s structure and facilitating movement. In this article, we will look at the cervical vertebrae, which comprise the upper portion of the spine. Specifically, the fifth (C5) and sixth (C6) vertebrae, as they hold special significance.  C5, the fifth cervical vertebra, finds its position just below C4 […]

What Is Foraminal Disc Protrusion?
November 3, 2023

What Is Foraminal Disc Protrusion?

Foraminal disc protrusion, which is one way that contributes to foraminal stenosis, is a spinal condition that occurs when a disc in the spine extends beyond its normal boundaries and presses on the nerve roots within the foraminal canal. This canal is a passageway through which nerve roots exit the spinal cord and travel to […]

Everything You Need To Know About Restless Leg Syndrome
October 18, 2023

Everything You Need To Know About Restless Leg Syndrome

Do you ever have trouble sleeping because your legs and feet feel itchy, tingly or cramped? You may be experiencing restless legs syndrome (RLS), a condition that affects up to 10% of people in the United States. RLS usually happens at night or when a person has to sit still for a long time.  Depending on its […]

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July 6, 2023

How Technology Use Can Affect Your Spine

Technology has revolutionized the way we work, communicate and entertain ourselves. However, the constant use of devices like computers, tablets and smartphones has led to a rise in health issues related to poor posture and spinal issues. Prolonged sitting, hunching over devices and carrying heavy bags can all contribute to muscle strain, neck pain, back pain and […]

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December 7, 2022

How to Overcome Chronic Neck Pain Without Surgery

Chronic neck pain can take a significant toll on your daily routine, activities and life. You likely don’t want to turn to surgery right away. Thankfully, there are many ways to alleviate neck pain naturally.

August 4, 2022

Is Swimming Good for Back Pain?

Swimming is an excellent exercise, and it often feels refreshing to take a dip in the water. It is also beneficial for your health and provides an effective way to relieve back pain. Keep reading this article to discover how swimming can help with back pain.

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June 17, 2022

12 Treatment Options for Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common condition that can hinder a person’s ability to perform daily tasks and routines. While some instances of neck pain are temporary and heal fairly quickly, chronic neck pain can persist for months or years without treatment.

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April 28, 2022

9 Treatment Options for Sciatica

Sciatica pain can feel like an all-consuming problem. The pain cuts right through the middle of you, making it hard to ignore. Despite the pain it causes, sciatica is a symptom of a deeper issue in your spine. Since sciatica occurs when something pinches or compresses the sciatic nerve, sciatica treatment often focuses on what causes that problem. In many instances, another spinal condition is the root cause of sciatica. Treatment options are diverse and vary from sciatica treatments at home to non-invasive injections or surgical interventions. Here are nine treatment options for sciatica, including non-surgical and surgical methods.

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February 11, 2022

How Does Smoking Affect Back Pain?

By Justin Field, MD Smoking is linked to numerous chronic pain symptoms and diseases. As of 2014, over 16 million Americans were living with a smoking-related illness. Many people who smoke cigarettes or use vaping devices also report a common symptom — back pain. This commonality has led many researchers to study the relationship between smoking and back pain. People who experience back pain from smoking may also have undetected spinal conditions. This chronic pain may indicate degenerating cells or worsening bone health, both of which can irrevocably harm your body. However, if patients decrease their nicotine intake early enough, they could see and feel the difference of a healthier spine.

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January 7, 2022

Tips for Maintaining Proper Posture at Your Desk

By Justin Field, MD While we may not think of it, posture in the workplace is essential and plays a significant role in our daily health and overall well-being. Poor posture and ineffective workplace ergonomics are leading causes of back pain, muscle stiffness, eye strain, and other complications. Without proper posture and an ergonomic workplace, you may lose motivation and experience adverse health effects. Fortunately, there are numerous tips to consider that can help you improve your posture in the workplace and create a workstation ideal for your height and unique needs. Creating an efficient and comfortable workstation can help you feel more productive and comfortable, allowing you to focus on your responsibilities without distraction.

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December 31, 2021

Everyday Activities That Can Cause Back Pain

By Justin Field, MD While back pain often originates from a back injury or spinal complication, many daily activities may also increase the risk of experiencing back pain or discomfort. For example, you may have woken up from a night of sleep where your back felt sore, or you may notice an aching back after a day of sitting at your computer. While these activities are not intense, they can still cause pressure and strain on the back, resulting in ongoing or long-term back pain. These everyday activities may be what leads to your lower back pain or worsens existing discomfort.

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October 22, 2021

Tips for Preventing Tech Neck Pain

By Justin Field, M.D. While technology is often a crucial part of our personal and professional lives, it does come with a few downsides — and neck strain is one of them. Thanks to prolonged computer and phone use, "tech neck" has become an increasingly common issue. Fortunately, you can use a few tips and tricks to fix your tech neck posture. Keep reading to learn more about how to correct tech neck so you can feel better.

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May 12, 2021

When to See a Doctor for Back Pain

By Justin Field, M.D. For many people, back pain feels like a normal part of life. It's estimated that 75% to 85% of Americans experience back pain at some point. Back pain appears in different forms, ranging from a dull ache to shooting pain. Most back pain occurs in the lower back, known as the lumbar region. Half of patients with low back pain episodes will experience recurrent episodes in a year. While most back pain resolves on its own and isn't a sign of something serious, it should be looked at by a doctor in some cases. Your back consists of a spine, muscles, tendons and nerves, so it can be hard to figure what's causing the pain on your own. If you don't know what's causing the pain, you won't know how to treat it. By going to a doctor for back pain, you can take steps toward feeling better again. A doctor who specializes in spinal conditions can determine the cause of your pain and initiate an effective treatment. They can also treat a condition that might otherwise get worse with time. So, how do you know when you should see a doctor about lower back pain? Let's look at common causes of back pain and symptoms that call for a professional examination.

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April 5, 2024

Castle Connolly’s National Top Doctor 2024

March 5, 2024

2024 Phoenix Magazine Top Docs

Dr. Nima Salari, Chris Yeung, and Justin Field
March 6, 2023

DISC Surgeons Named 2023 Top Docs

Congratulations to DISC’s surgeons, Christopher Yeung, Justin Field, and Nima Salari, for being chosen as Phoenix Magazine’s TOP DOCTOR in 2023.

Phoenix Magazine Top Doctors 2021
January 1, 2021

2021 Phoenix TOP DOCS

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Yeung and Dr. Justin Field on their 2021 TOP DOCS nomination by PHOENIX magazine!

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March 20, 2019

Dr. Christopher Yeung, Dr. Justin Field, and Dr. Nima Salari nominated as Phoenix Magazine’s 2019 Top Doctors

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Yeung, Dr. Justin Field, and Dr. Nima Salari, for being nominated as Phoenix Magazine’s 2019 Top Doctors!

March 14, 2018

Dr. Justin Field featured again on Scottsdale Health Care’s “Medical Minute”

Here is the latest Medical Minute for Dr. Justin Field talking about RISE, the instrumentation he and Dr. Christopher Yeung developed.

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July 21, 2017

New Publication from the Surgeons at DISC

Drs. Anthony T. Yeung, Christopher A. Yeung, Nima Salari, and Justin Field of DISC, along with James Navratil and Harrison Maio, have recently published an article in the Journal of Spine, an Open Access, peer reviewed, academic journal that provides a complete and reliable source of information on the discoveries and current developments in all areas of the field.

May 27, 2015

Recent Chapter Published in Surgical Approaches to the Spine

Drs. Anthony and Christopher Yeung and Dr. Justin Field recently contributed a chapter to the book Surgical Approaches to the Spine – a step-by-step, state-of-the-art procedural manual that covers over 50 unique surgical approaches for injuries and conditions of the spine.

May 5, 2015

Dr. Justin Field: Spine surgeon leader to know

Congratulations to Dr. Justin Field, for being named 'Spine Surgeon Leader to Know' by Becker's Spine Review.

April 20, 2015

Dr. Justin Field – 2014 Top 10 Doctor by Vitals

Dr. Justin Field was voted 2014 Top 10 Doctor - one of Phoenix Metro Area's Top 10 Orthopedic Surgeon Specialists by Vitals. Congratulations!

June 27, 2014

Dr. Field listed as TOP DOC in the East Valley

North Valley Magazine teamed up with HealthTap – a leading company that helps consumers make better medical decisions – to bring you the area's best physicians and dentists.

January 8, 2014

The Importance of Bone Health for Spinal Procedures

Having healthy bones is very important to prevent fractures. Common areas where people sustain broken bones due to fragility are in the spine, hips, and wrists.

October 11, 2013

Treating Painful Symptoms of the SI Joint

Dr. Justin Field and DISC reaches out through ACS to the Arizona chiropractic profession to work together as a team in the best interests of the patient.

July 16, 2013

Dr. Field discusses back pain on Channel 12

Channel 12's "Pain in the…" series spoke with Dr. Justin Field about back and neck pain – something that affects millions of Americans.

June 24, 2013

Justin Field, MD Receives 2013 Phoenix Award

PHOENIX June 13, 2013 -- Justin Field, MD has been selected for the 2013 Phoenix Award in the Doctors category by the Phoenix Award Program.

May 28, 2013

Dr. Justin Field is featured on KTAR’s News Radio For Scottsdale Health Care’s “Medical Minute”

He is honored to be trusted by many nurses, physical therapists, and doctors that seek his care for their own back and neck pain.

October 11, 2012

DISC spine surgeons listed on Becker’s “60 Spine Surgeon Inventors to Know”

Chicago—Becker’s Spine Review* recently released the “60 Spine Surgeon Inventors to Know,” which includes all three of Desert Institute for Spine Care’s remarkable surgeons–Justin Field, MD, Christopher Yeung, MD, and Anthony Yeung, MD. This article highlights 60 Spine Surgeons who have invented spine devices that are changing the procedures available to patients. Dr. Field and Dr. Chris Yeung have […]

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February 28, 2012

America’s Most Compassionate Doctors – Dr. Field

Dr. Justin Field was recognized as one of America's Most Compassionate Doctors. This award is based on reviews written by hundreds of thousands of patients. The Compassionate Doctor certification is part of Patients' Choice recognition program, where patients rate and vote for their favorite doctors.