Dr. Mark Wang is a fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon. He joins the DISC team after practicing in Phoenix, Arizona, since 2012. His interest in medicine began while majoring in biology during his undergraduate studies at Stanford University. Dr. Wang furthered his medical interest graduating with honors with his senior thesis in orthopedic surgery. After receiving a medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Wang finished his orthopedic surgery residency at the Stanford University Hospital and Clinics.
At Stanford, he developed an interest and excelled in the field of spine surgery, which propelled him to pursue a fellowship in spine surgery at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. Dr. Wang trained in all aspects of spinal surgery during his fellowship, including degenerative conditions, scoliosis, and cutting-edge techniques such as motion preservation and minimally invasive procedures.
Dr. Wang treats many spinal disorders in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, specializing in operative and non-operative spine care treatment options. Dr. Wang dedicates his full attention to working together with his patients to identify their pain source and find the least invasive treatment that works for them. He is committed to educating his patients and collaborating with his peers to advance spinal surgery.
His research in orthopedic and spinal surgery has been published in international peer-reviewed journals.
Furthermore, he has been invited to lecture at both the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society’s annual meetings.
Dr. Wang enjoys his passion for medicine, thriving on the reward of helping patients achieve pain relief and improvement in their daily quality of life.
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An annular tear is a discogenic condition that impacts the spine, causing lower back pain. Natural wear and tear, sports injuries, improper lifting and repetitive motions are the most common causes of annular tears, as the injury results from the fibers that make up the intervertebral disc breaking or separating. While these tears can occur […]
If you’re considering getting a second opinion on your spinal condition, make sure to do your homework, research online and ask around to find the best spine surgeon. Remember that the goal of a second opinion is to clarify and determine if your diagnosis is accurate and the best treatment option — nonsurgical or surgical. […]
Through concierge medicine, patients with chronic conditions have more focused and direct access to health care professionals. Specifically, concierge spine medicine provides benefits that help patients requiring spine care. This guide to concierge spine medicine will answer your questions by explaining what it is, how it works and why patients might consider investing in it. […]
Preparing for a spine doctor consultation helps you communicate with your care provider and helps your provider determine the most effective treatment plan. You can prepare for a consultation by gathering essential information, creating a list of important questions, understanding your medical history, and asking a supportive individual to accompany you to your appointment.
Our spine is the critical musculoskeletal organ in our body, supporting us in every movement we make. Thus, when structures within our spine malfunction or cause discomfort, it can have widespread effects.
Despite its primary purpose to provide passengers with a place to relax during a flight, airplane seating does not offer much comfort. Sitting on a plane gives minimal support to the back and neck, resulting in travelers taking matters into their own hands by bringing pillows and blankets from home.
One of the most common causes of neck and back pain is facet joint syndrome. Facet joints make up important parts of the skeletal system that support the spine and help people move, bend, turn and twist.
Up to 2% of adults in the United States experience herniated discs annually. That number may seem small at first glance, but it accounts for almost 7 million people!
By Mark Wang, MD Back pain, ranging from dull aches to severe pains, can distract you during work and make simple tasks more difficult. Whether you have a physical job that requires extensive movement or a desk job where you sit at a computer most of the day, work can take a toll on you and your body. When you are in pain, chances are you do not work as efficiently, effectively or comfortably as you would without back pain. There can be multiple possible causes for your back pain. If you suffer from any back pain that affects you throughout the day, here are some tips to lessen the pain, and some stretches you can do to ease the strain on your back.
By Mark Wang, MD Back pain is a prevalent experience for most people at some point in their adult lives. Applying heat or ice is one of the tried-and-true methods of at-home treatment for back pain, but how do you know which method to use and when? Get to know how to use ice or heat for back pain and when to use both.
By Mark Wang, M.D. The spine is an important part of the body that provides support and allows for proper mobility. The spinal column is the supportive core of our bodies, while the spinal cord bridges the brain with the rest of the body. Many people may only notice or pay attention to the spine unless there is an issue or pain. Understanding the spinal column and spinal cord anatomy can help you protect yourself from potential injuries. Additionally, understanding the parts of the spine can also help you understand where pain or discomfort may be originating from. How the Spine Works: Three Main Functions The spine is one of the most essential structures of the body, allowing us to stand, walk and keep ourselves upright. First and foremost, the spine provides your body with proper support. The support of the spine is essential to various bodily movements and functions, such as standing and walking. Additionally, your spine allows for flexible movements, such as bending and twisting. Another function of the spine is that it protects the delicate spinal cord from potential damage. The spinal cord is a collection of nerves that connect the brain to the rest of the body, allowing for various movements and processes. The spinal cord helps the body and internal organs function properly. A healthy spine is a key aspect of leading a healthy lifestyle.
By Mark Wang, MD You know the signs of a headache, such as a dull ache or a feeling of tightness creeping up your neck and across your forehead. Headaches are among the most commonly occurring ailments in the world. More than half of all women report having tension headaches at some point and one-third of all men report the same. In the U.S., 20% of women and 10% of men said they had a severe headache at some point in the past three months. Multiple factors can trigger a headache, depending on the type. In some cases, a headache is due to neck pain. Learn more about the connection between pain in the neck and headaches below and what to do for headaches caused by neck pain.
DISC surgeons Dr. Salari and Dr. Wang participated as instructors in a recent M.O.R.E. Education Spine Program in Phoenix, Arizona on November 19-20, 2021. The M.O.R.E. Spine Learning Center offers surgeons the opportunity to attend cadaver labs, meet experienced surgeons and discuss the clinical, technical and economic aspects of new spine treatment technologies.
Desert Institute for Spine Care would like to welcome Dr. Mark Wang to our board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon team!