As a physiatrist, Dr. Downey specializes in diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of pain-related spinal disorders. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) since 2007 and uses his comprehensive spine and musculoskeletal training to determine the appropriate line of treatment for a variety of spinal conditions. Specializing in interventional spine, he is able to offer fluoroscopic spinal injection procedures to eliminate spine-related pain and restore normal activities and function.
Dr. Mark Downey is a native of Anniston, Alabama. He has been in practice in Homewood, Alabama for more than 10 years and has performed thousands of spinal procedures to help patients recover from back and neck pain and get back to activity. His practice serves as a referral center for general and complex non-surgical spinal problems in the region. He maintains one of the busiest spine practices in Alabama.
Dr. Mark Downey is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham. He received his medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at UAB. Following his residency training, he completed additional training in interventional spine procedures making him proficient in cervical, thoracic and lumbar injections. Over the past 2 years, he has become a primary referral source for thoracic and lumbar compression fractures, performing over 100 kyphoplasty procedures in his in-office surgical suite.
Dr. Downey and his wife Kim, live in Vestavia Hills with their three young boys. He enjoys golf, exercise, wake-boarding, and outdoor activities with his family. He spends much of his free time practicing baseball and basketball with his boys. He also serves as a drummer on the praise team at his local church.
If spine surgery is necessary for the treatment of a herniated disc, Spine Group Alabama accesses the expertise of an orthopedic spine surgeon who has performed more than 2,000 successful spine surgeries. This spine surgeon emphasizes minimally invasive approach to reduce the length of the incision to lessen time in the hospital and speed return to activity. For those patients with herniated discs, spine surgery options may include artificial disc replacement for motion preservation as an alternative to spinal fusion for back pain or neck pain.
Spine Group Alabama emphasizes nonsurgical treatment for back pain and neck pain where possible. This can include spinal injections that can enable patients to then visit with our affiliated spine therapists. These spine therapists use the Spine Group Alabama Home Remedy Book for back pain and neck pain. The spine specialized therapist also emphasize manual therapy and custom stretches that can relieve pain and make the back or neck more flexible and resistant to future back strain. These therapists can provide a customized home exercise program from this Home Remedy Book.
Over the past 10 years, Dr. Mark Downey at Spine Group Alabama has been the preferred back pain specialist for patients from across Birmingham, Homewood, Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Hunstville and Montgomery. Those with back pain or neck pain often struggle to find a back doctor or spine center that can provide a second opinion for spine surgery and offer nonsurgical treatment for back pain, neck pain, scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and pain symptoms related to a herniated disc. Spine Group Alabama is a Birmingham-based spine center that provides spinal injections, with access to specialists in spine therapy, minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement. Spine Group Alabama is the only spine center in the State of Alabama to be included in a national listing of spine centers of excellence by SpineCenterNetwork.com. To be included, a spine center must meet various credentialing criteria, including a non-surgical emphasis and philosophy of care; access to advanced capabilities in minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement for motion preservation; and an investment in patient education. This includes providing symptom charts and a Home Remedy Book as a community service for back and neck pain sufferers in Alabama region. The spine center has an internal C-arm and injection suite that enables back and neck pain patients to have a pain-relieving spinal injection and go home within an hour. The spine center includes the expertise of Dr. Mark Downey, a physical medicine specialist who has practiced in Homewood, AL for more than 10 years and has performed thousands of spinal procedures to help patients recover from back and neck pain and get back to activity. Dr. Downey maintains one of the busiest spine practices and is proficient in cervical, thoracic and lumbar injections and kyphoplasty.