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Spine & Neck Care

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm
The spine is a highly complex and critical component of the human body, protecting the spinal cord while offering strength, structure, and flexibility. Its ability to provide support and mobility simultaneously makes it more susceptible to injury.
Since spine injuries can affect virtually any body part, there is a wide range of conditions and symptoms that can result. From stenosis to sciatica and herniated discs, spine pain is often caused by a serious condition. Providing comprehensive options and innovative treatments, our reputation is the axis of our excellence.

Common Conditions & Procedures

  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Spine
  • Cervical Fusion
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Discectomy
  • Disc Herniation
  • Laminectomy/Laminotomy
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Nerve Root Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Compression & Injury
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Arthritis
  • Spine Bone Spur
  • Spondylolysis/Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic Spine
  • Thoracic Fusion
*Patients must have a doctor’s referral to see DMOS specialists.

Spine Center

Don't have a referral? Visit our Spine Clinic.

The DMOS Spine Center—at Ankeny and West Des Moines locations—is the ideal place for patients with a variety of cervical or lumbar spine problems. These problems might include acute low back pain, chronic low back pain that needs orthopedic evaluation, upper extremity pain that could be from the cervical spine, or lower extremity pain that could be from the lumbar spine.

Types of Injuries Seen:
  • Nontraumatic low back pain
  • Nontraumatic neck pain
  • Upper extremity pain that derives from the neck
  • Upper extremity pain that derives from the back
  • Work-related injuries (preauthorization required)
Clinic Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Call to schedule an appointment: 515.224.4232

Patients with traumatic low back pain or neck pain who might have a fracture or dislocation are obviously more appropriate for an urgent emergency room evaluation initially.

Staci Little, A.R.N.P.

Nurse Practitioner: Spine Center - Ankeny

Staci Little believes in providing holistic, quality care to her DMOS patients as well as their families.


What usually causes lower back pain?

Sprains are injuries to your ligaments, which help hold the bones of your spine together. Strains are injuries to muscles or tendons that connect other muscles to back bones. Herniated discs cause sudden lower back pain and sometimes even numbness. The pain and numb feeling can extend through your buttocks, down your leg, and – for some people – all the way into the foot.

Why does my lower back hurt?

Most low back pain is the result of an injury, such as muscle sprains or strains due to sudden movements or poor body mechanics while lifting heavy objects. Low back pain can also be the result of certain diseases, such as: cancer of the spinal cord. a ruptured or herniated disc.

How can I get rid of neck pain?

For minor, common causes of neck pain, try these simple remedies:

  • Apply heat or ice to the painful area.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Keep moving, but avoid jerking or painful activities.
  • Do slow range-of-motion exercises, up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear.

Taking care of you from neck to toe

Joint, bone or ligament injuries require expert orthopedic care to guide you on the best course of treatment. Treatment may involve consultation, medication, splints, casts, physical therapy and/or surgical procedures.
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Our doctors have advanced training in their respective specialties

All of our doctors are Board Certified or Board Eligible. Additionally, our Physician Assistants and Physical & Hand Therapy teams are the best in their field which allows DMOS to be the preferred choice for comprehensive orthopedic care in central Iowa.