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Benjamin Bjerke, M.D.

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon


Dr. Benjamin Bjerke is fellowship-trained in neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery and specializes in surgical procedures of the cervical spine as well as minimally invasive lumbar procedures. Dr. Bjerke has extensive training in advanced spine procedures and techniques from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and serves as a US Ski & Snowboard Sports Medicine Physician. He is dedicated to providing his patients with compassionate, expert spine care.



  • Cervical spine: neck and arm pain
  • Lumbar spine: back and leg pain
  • Compression fractures
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylosis/spondylolisthesis
  • All other surgical conditions affecting the spine

Dr. Bjerke applies a conservative first approach to his patients and only offers surgical intervention with proven, evidence-based techniques when necessary. This means providing the most minimally invasive and safest procedures for each patient. Dr. Bjerke is proficient with the most modern advancements in total spine care, including minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques, computer-aided navigation, and motion-preserving operations.


  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Master’s Degree: UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Los Angeles, CA
  • Doctor of Medicine: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University, New York, NY
  • Combined Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Spine Surgery Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

  • Man with neck pain

    Cervical arthritis affects the cervical spine (neck) and is a common condition that can worsen with age. Learn more about this condition and how it's treated.

  • Man with neck pain

    Two-level cervical disc replacement can help people with upper back and neck pain receive complete treatment when more than one vertebral disc is damaged.

  • Woman with pain in her lower back
    How To Know if Your Disc is Herniated
    June 25, 2021 | Articles

    Herniated disc is one of the most common back injuries in America. In this article, you'll learn the signs, symptoms, and treatment for a herniated disc.

  • Cross section of a spine with osteoporosis
    Osteoporosis: Symptoms, Treatment, Outlook
    February 19, 2021 | Articles

    Osteoporosis in the spine causes bones in the vertebrae to become less dense and weak. Learn the causes, symptoms, treatment, and outlook of spinal osteoporosis.

  • Spinal stenosis illustration
    Spinal Stenosis: Symptoms, Treatment, Outlook
    February 12, 2021 | Articles

    Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the open spaces in the spine. Learn the causes, symptoms, treatment, and outlook for people with spinal stenosis.

  • Man with cervical disc herniation

    Cervical Disc Herniation, also called a slipped disk or ruptured disk, occurs when a tear in the tough outer covering of a spinal disc allows the spongy center to bulge out. A cervical disc herniation occurs in the part of the spine in the neck, or cervical region.

  • Cervical artificial disc in neck

    If you have degenerative disc disease in your neck, your doctor may recommend cervical artificial disc replacement. In this article, you'll learn about each artificial disc doctors used and how they work.

  • Doctor with model of cervical spine

    Cervical artificial disc replacement is a type of spine surgery in which a worn or damaged cervical disc in the neck is replaced by an artificial disc. Learn how this procedure works and what to expect.

  • African American couple reviews health insurance documents

    Cervical artificial disc replacement is an alternative to cervical fusion for treating severe degenerative disc disease in the neck. Learn how it works, who covers it, and what to expect.

  • Women with osteoarthritis in her back feeling pain from cold weather

    Have you ever wondered why your osteoarthritis symptoms feel worse when it gets cold outside? We tell you why that may happen and how it affects your back pain.

  • Woman with degenerative scoliosis

    Degenerative scoliosis is an abnormal side-to-side curving of the spine in adults due to age-related changes. Symptoms include low back pain, weakness, numbness, and pain in the lower limbs, and abnormal curvature of the spine.

  • Can you prevent scoliosis?

    Scoliosis occurs when a person has an abnormal left-to-right curving of the spine in the shape of a letter S or C. While doctors don’t know exactly what causes the most common type of scoliosis, there are options for treating the condition and preventing it from worsening in some cases.

  • How to spot scoliosis in kids and adults
    Scoliosis Symptoms in Adults and Kids
    July 19, 2019 | Articles

    Scoliosis is an abnormal curve of the spine from side to side, in the shape of an “S” or a “C.” Many people have some curve in their spine, but it doesn’t always cause symptoms. If the curve is large enough, though, it can cause noticeable changes to the posture or other symptoms.

  • 5 Questions to Ask Your Spine Surgeon

    If your back surgeon recommends surgery as your best treatment option, here are five questions you can ask to make sure you can make a clear decision.

  • Degenerative Disc Disease Pain

    Technically, degenerative disc disease isn’t a single discrete illness — it’s a term which describes symptoms arising from the natural degeneration of spinal discs with age. Wondering whether degenerative disc disease could be responsible for your back pain, loss of flexibility, or other spinal issues? Look no further.