• Mark J. Downey, MD & Alex Cotter, MD
    10 Old Montgomery Hwy #200. Homewood, AL 35209
    Appointments & Referrals: (205) 271-6511

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Second Opinions

Many experts believe that half of spine surgery recommendations in the United States can be either aggressive or inappropriate because nonsurgical treatment options like spinal injections or spine therapy have not been recommended or tried by the person with back or neck pain.

Many health insurance companies also may require a second opinion to prevent an unnecessary or aggressive spine surgery.

Because spine surgery is a serious decision, it can be a good idea to obtain a second opinion by both a nonsurgical specialty center like SpineGroup Alabama and an experienced spine surgeon.

A second opinion from Dr. Mark Downey and SpineGroup Alabama can provide you the following benefits:

  • Determine if you have considered all possible treatment options and if there are any other nonsurgical options that can relieve symptoms without the need for surgery.
  • Determine if you would benefit from any other nonsurgical treatment options as a less invasive alternative to spine surgery.
  • If spine surgery is necessary in our opinion, we can refer you to a spine surgeon for an evaluation and/or second opinion.

Complete the Second Opinion form below to request a second opinion or appointment.

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Spine Group Alabama specializes in the treatment of back pain, neck pain, herniated discs, and all types of ligament strain related to the neck and low back. Spine Group Alabama is referred  back and neck pain patients from across Alabama, including Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Huntsville and Montgomery.

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8am - 2:30pm
Saturday/Sunday: Closed
(205) 271-6511

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