Orthopedic Surgery

Coast Spine and Sports Medicine provides you with comprehensive management of disorders of the spine — from initial evaluation through rehabilitation, pain management, and surgical treatment, when necessary.

When you suffer from a complex orthopedic injury or condition, you only want the most experienced and trusted professionals to oversee your care and treatment.
Dr. A. Michael Moheimani, Medical Director of Coast Spine and Sports Medicine

Dr. A. Michael Moheimani

Dr. A. Michael Moheimani

That’s why more Southern Californians trust Coast Spine and Sports Medicine. Founder and medical director Dr. A. Michael Moheimani, MD, has more than 25 years of experience as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Orange County, treating the widest array of ailments and conditions, but with particular emphasis on those that afflict the spine.

Dr. Moheimani is an accomplished surgeon — in fact, patients travel from across the globe for his care — but he is also well known to search for and use non-surgical or minimally invasive methods of treatment whenever possible.

Because of this, Dr. Moheimani has an impressive record in the treatment of many painful orthopedic conditions, including:

Degenerative disc disease
Spinal deformity
Spondylolisthesis
Osteoarthritis
Bone cancer and related tumors
Spinal fractures and trauma
Herniated discs
Spinal stenosis
Chronic neck and back pain
Acute spinal injuries
Sports-related spinal injuries
Repair of failed surgeries
and much more…

Dr. Moheimani is well known as a personable and friendly physician — the type of practitioner who spends his time with patients, so that they are fully informed of the facts of their case. You can count on Dr. Moheimani to thoroughly and accurately diagnose your condition, recommend and explain in detail the most effective treatment options, provide expert, state-of-the-art surgical interventions when needed, and guide every phase of your recovery and rehabilitation. Pain management in Orange County is our number one priority.

For all these reasons and more, it’s clear why Dr. A. Michael Moheimani is well known as the spine surgeon who cares.

If you are seeking an alternative treatment strategy, or if you have recently been diagnosed with a condition that requires orthopedic surgical response, consider making an appointment today with Coast Spine and Sports Medicine and Dr. Moheimani.

Simply complete the form on this page, and our caring staff will be in touch with you within one business day.

Or, call us at 714-285-0014 between 9AM-5PM Monday-Friday, and we will work with you to find an appointment time that is best suited for you.
Thank you for your interest in the orthopedic surgery capabilities of Dr. A. Michael Moheimani and Coast Spine and Sports Medicine of Santa Ana. We look forward to hearing from you and discussing the facts of your case with you in person.

Are You Suffering from Facet Joint Syndrome?

The adult human spine is made up of 33 bones, or vertebrae. Facet joints connect the vertebrae, and provide for the stability and flexibility of the spine. There are two facet joints between each pair of vertebrae, one on each side. Facet joints link each vertebra to those directly above and below it, and allow the vertebral bodies to rotate with respect to each other. Cartilage in the joints allows for smooth movement where vertebral bones meet, and each is lined with a thin membrane called the synovium, which produces synovial fluid for lubrication. Sometimes, facet joints may become inflamed, irritated or swollen, causing pain and other uncomfortable symptoms due to the impingement, or “pinching” of the nerves that serve the facet joint. This is called facet joint syndrome. Potential causes of the condition include inflammation, infection and degeneration of the vertebrae and the discs that cushion and protect them due to aging, trauma and/or poor posture.

Here are two ways to tell if you have facet joint syndrome:

  • If the affected joint is in the neck, or cervical spine, it may cause localized and/or radiating neck pain and headaches, and it also may be very difficult to turn your head.
  • If the affected joint is in the lower back, or lumbar spine, it may cause back pain, pain that radiates into the buttocks and legs, and it may become difficult for you to walk or stand.

If you think you are suffering from facet joint syndrome, there are several ways to diagnose and treat it. Please contact us at 888-866-1660 to schedule a consultation.Follow us on social media:

Jan 17 Coast Spine & Sports Medicine New Spinal Cord Stimulation Treatment HF10

Orthopedic Surgery Los AngelesIf you suffer from back pain, you are not alone. Back pain is the most common reason for physician visits in the United States. Living with severe pain can not only interfere with your quality of life, it can interfere with your ability to work and enjoy time doing the physical activities you love the most. Spinal cord stimulation is a proven therapy that offers a treatment option for chronic pain. It is most commonly used to treat low back and leg pain. Spinal cord stimulation uses electrical pulses to interrupt pain signals, resulting in pain relief. Many people with chronic low back and leg pain have received relief with spinal cord stimulation. A common side effect of spinal cord stimulation is tingling or buzzing sensation known as paresthesia. Coast Spine & Sports Medicine now provides HF10 therapy for spinal cord stimulation which does not cause paresthesia and allows the patient to focus solely on pain relief. To learn more about HF10 therapy or schedule a consultation, please contact 888-826-1660.Follow us on social media:

Alpha-2-Macroglobulin: A Preventive Treatment for Arthritis

Arthritis Treatment Los AngelesArthritis is a debilitating chronic pain condition that affects millions of baby boomers around the world. Research shows that the progression of osteoarthritis may be prevented with alpha-2-macroglobulin. What is A-2-M? Alpha-2-macroglobulin protein found in your own blood that prevents the breakdown of the cartilage which leads to further progression of arthritis. In an osteoarthritic joint it is not able to counteract the further breakdown of the tissue. Coast Spine & Sports Medicine directly injects A2M into your arthritic joint. It is expected to be the first treatment for osteoarthritis that can inhibit all causes of cartilage breakdown, reduce pain, and stop the progression of arthritis. To learn more about A2M or schedule a consultation, please contact 888-826-1660.Follow us on social media:

Jan 10 Can Degenerative Disc Disease Be Treated With PRP?

Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment Los AngelesAlthough it is a normal part of the aging process, degenerative disc disease can cause painful symptoms. Fortunately, there are minimally invasive treatment options that help provide relief and keep you active.

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is part of the natural process of growing older. As we age, our intervertebral discs lose their flexibility, elasticity, and shock absorbing characteristics. The outer fibers that surround the disc, called the annulus fibrosis, become brittle and are more easily torn. At the same time, the soft gel-like center of the disc, called the nucleus pulposus, starts to dry out and shrink. The combination of damage to the intervertebral discs, the development of bone spurs and the gradual thickening of the ligaments that support the spine can all contribute to degenerative arthritis of the lumbar spine.

To a certain degree, this process happens to everyone. However, not everyone who has degenerative changes in their lumbar spine has pain. Many people who have “normal” backs have MRIs that show disc herniations, degenerative changes, and narrowed spinal canals. Every patient is different, and it is important to realize that not everyone develops symptoms as a result of degenerative disc disease.

What Are The Symptoms Of Degenerative Disc Disease?

When degenerative disc disease becomes painful or symptomatic, it can cause several different symptoms due to the compression of the nerve roots. Depending on where your degenerative disc is located, it could cause:

  • Back pain
  • Radiating leg pain
  • Neck pain
  • Radiating arm pain

These symptoms are caused by the fact that worn out discs are a source of pain because they do not function as well as they once did, and as they shrink, the space available for the nerve roots also shrinks. As the discs between the intervertebral bodies start to wear out, the entire lumbar spine becomes less flexible. The result can be back pain and stiffness, especially towards the end of the day.

How Is Degenerative Disc Disease Diagnosed?

The diagnosis of degenerative disc disease begins with a complete physical examination. Your doctor will examine your back for flexibility, range of motion, and the presence of certain signs that suggest your nerve roots are being affected by degenerative changes in your back. This often involves testing the strength of your muscles and your reflexes to make sure that they are still working normally. You will often be asked to fill out a diagram that asks you where your symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and weakness are occurring.

A series of x-rays is also usually ordered for a patient with back pain. If degenerative disc disease is present, the x-rays will often show a narrowing of the spaces between the vertebral bodies, which indicates the disc has become very thin or has collapsed. Bone spurs also can form around the edges of the vertebral bodies and also around the edges of the facet joints in the spine. These bone spurs can be seen on an x-ray, and are also called osteophytes. As the disc collapses and bone spurs form, the space available for the nerve roots starts to shrink. The nerve roots exit the spinal canal through a bony tunnel called the neural foramen, and it is at this point that the nerve roots are especially vulnerable to compression.

In many situations, doctors will order a MRI or a CT scan (CAT scan) to evaluate the degenerative changes in the lumbar spine more completely. A MRI is very useful for determining where disc herniations have occurred and where the nerve roots are being compressed. A CT scan is often used to evaluate the bony anatomy in the spine, which can show how much space is available for the nerve roots and within the neural foramina and spinal canal.

How Is Degenerative Disc Disease Treated?

Your doctor will discuss with you the treatment options appropriate for your diagnosis.

For most people who do not have evidence of nerve root compression with muscle weakness, conservative, non-surgical therapies, such as medication, rest, exercise and physical therapy, are typically recommended.

While PRP and Stem Cell therapy are not currently indicated for the treatment of any condition, studies show it is certainly a promising alternative to surgery. Surgery is offered only after conservative treatment has have failed to adequately relieve the symptoms of pain, numbness and weakness over a significant period of time.

The benefits of spine surgery, however, must be weighed against the risks. Your surgeon will be able to discuss the risks and benefits of surgery with you, and the likely results of operative versus non-operative treatment.

Does Rain Really Cause Pain?

Pain Management in Los Angeles

Today is a rainy day in Southern California, and you may have noticed a few extra aches and pains or arthritis or low back pain flare ups. We have all seen it, someone with osteoarthritis or lower back pain complains about flare ups on cold rainy days. But why does this phenomenon happen?Why does rain cause pain?

There is one theory that the lowering barometric pressure allows tissue to expand. Pair this with existing nerve sensitivity, scar tissue, adhesion or other injury and you have a recipe for increased pain in any area which already experiences pain.

Dr. Moheimani of Coast Spine & Sports Medicine shared that while there is no “quick-fix” to rainy day aches and pains, PRP & Stem cell therapy is a wonderful regenerative solution to heal the damaged tissue. For more information about PRP & Stem Cell treatment, contact us at (866)826-1660.

Sciatica Specialist Dr. Moheimani Provides PRP Treatment

Sciatica Treatment Los AngelesAccording to Spine-Health, sciatica is a term that describes symptoms of pain, numbness, and/or weakness that radiate along the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the buttocks and leg. The medical term for sciatica is lumbar radiculopathy.

The vast majority of sciatica symptoms result from lower back disorders between the L4 and S1 levels that put pressure on or cause irritation to a lumbar nerve root.

Most commonly, sciatica is caused by a disc problem, such as a herniated disc that is pressing against a nerve root.

It can also occur when a disc degenerates, which releases inflammatory proteins that irritate the adjacent nerve. There are many additional causes of sciatica.

Sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one side of the body. They may include a combination of leg and foot pain, weakness, tingling or numbness.

Sciatica pain is often described as searing or sharp, as opposed to achy or throbbing.

Depending on where the sciatic nerve roots are compressed, symptoms may be felt in different areas of the leg and into the foot.

At Coast Spine & Sports Dr. Michael Moheimani treats sciatica among several other degenerative disc issues. Don’t suffer in pain, contact us at (888)866-1660 today to schedule an appointment.

Seniors Suffering from Arthritis in Orange County, CA

Arthritis Treatment Los AngelesWe can now provide seniors with PRP and stem cell injections into the spine and extremities, saving them the painful necessity for surgical intervention.

What is PRP? PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. Platelet rich plasma is a concentration of platelets that contains regenerative healing factors. Studies show that an injections to damaged tissue heals the tissue by causing new tissue to grow. Seniors suffering from osteoarthritis is an excellent candidate for PRP injection. The normal wear and tear of joints that happens with aging is greatly improved by a single injection to the area.

Please contact us at (714)248-0014 to schedule a consultation.

Laker’s D’Angelo Russell Receives PRP Injection to His Knee

PRP & Stem Cell Therapy in Los AngelesLakers point guard D’Angelo Russell will miss 2 weeks after receiving a platelet rich plasma injection to his knee. USA Today reports that Russell has missed two of the Laker’s last three games with soreness in his left knee, but the second year point guard had thought it wasn’t a serious injury.

Russell is one of several athletes to join Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, and Stephen Curry to choose PRP over cortisone injections. Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is a concentrated form of of growth factors and cell mediators that have been shown to greatly promote the repair of damaged tissues. The knees might become damaged due to trauma, such as a car accident or sports injury. The knee joint may also break down over time due to a chronic condition called osteoarthritis. The breakdown of the knee tissue will eventually lead to pain, joint stiffness, and sometimes swelling.

Cortisone is a corticosteroid, it is not a natural drug and relief is temporary. PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is 100% natural and developed from the patient’s own blood.
PRP heals the wound not studies indicate that platelet rich plasma has a healing effect on the body by regenerating the damaged tissue in a much shorter down time.
PRP can be injected into the spine as well as the extremities. PRP injections into the knee were a choice both Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry made to get back in the game. While Stephen Curry was expected to be out for two weeks, after receiving PRP he made it back into game 3 of the playoffs.

Orthopedic Surgeon and Spine Specialist Dr. Michael Moheimani has a solution for knee pain with a natural non surgical approach to medicine through platelet rich plasma injections to the spine, reducing the need for invasive surgery, the need for opioid use, and avoiding potential misuse.

PRP Injections for Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder Pain Treatment in Los AngelesWhy are shoulder injuries so common among bodybuilders? The most debilitating conditions affecting body builders are shoulder bursitis and/or tendonitis. They are common injuries due to overuse where the arm is continuously used in an overhead motion such as swimming, throwing a football, or baseball. The pain is usually felt at the tip of the shoulder and radiates into the upper arm. While overuse is the most common cause of shoulder bursitis, a loose shoulder joint may cause it as well. The best way to heal tendonitis in the shoulder is the rest the muscle, warm up, and exercise to strengthen the shoulder. If it is not healing, a PRP injection to the affected joint will greatly improve the chances of improvement!

While rest, strengthening exercises, and continuous warm ups may improve shoulder bursitis cases where surgery is necessary do occur. A PRP injection is a non surgical alternative to shoulder surgery. The platelet rich plasma is injected directly to the tissue in a quick in office procedure. Because no drugs are utilized during a PRP injection, it remains a drug free and natural alternative to traditional shoulder surgery or corticosteroid injections.
Shoulder Pain Treatment in Los Angeles