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About Dr. Bhalla

A focus on personalized care and patient education

Dr. Bhalla is a trained orthopaedic and spine surgeon specializing in treatments of the neck, back and lumbar spine, with a focus on personalized care and education. After pursuing his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, he returned to Los Angeles to attend medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Subsequently he completed residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Bhalla spent an additional year of fellowship training and research in the subspecialty of Spine Surgery at the Harvard Combined Spine Fellowship at both Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In Boston, he developed his interests in degenerative conditions of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, adult deformity surgery, motion-preserving techniques, and minimally invasive approaches...Read more

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Cervical radiculopathy, commonly referred to as a “pinched nerve,” is caused by the compression of nerve roots in the cervical spine. Symptoms often include pain, numbness, or weakness at different parts of your upper arms. There are many treatment options available, including physical therapy, medic ation, steroid injection, and surgery if more conservative methods do not yield results...Read more

The most common cause of cervical myelopathy is spinal cord compression in the neck. The condition can lead to permanent nerve damage, paralysis, and death. When diagnosed with cervical myelopathy, you may have difficulty performing fine motor tasks such as buttoning shirts or writing. You may also lose the sense of needing to urinate and experience incontinence issues. The only effective treatment is surgical decompression of the spinal canal...Read more

Lumbar radiculopathy, often known as “Sciatica,” refers to damaged nerve roots that exit the lumbar spine. Symptoms may include pain, inflammation, and numbness in the lower back. It is important to seek the advice of a spine specialist when symptoms are present because, if left untreated, these symptoms can become permanent...Read more

Degenerative scoliosis is caused by the combination of changes in the spine due to aging and damage on the spine structures. As a result of these changes, the spine loses its capability to maintain its usual shape. Patients can experience a gradual loss of function and a decrease in the ability to accomplish daily activities...Read more

The most common cause of spinal stenosis is aging and the degeneration of intervertebral discs and facet joints. When diagnosed with spinal stenosis, you may experience back pain, numbness, burning pain, and instability. Non-surgical treatments include physical therapy, lumbar stabilization, and anti-inflammatory medication. Surgical options depend on the severity of the condition...Read more

A herniated disc may occur when too much force is exerted on an intervertebral disc, causing the vertebrae to break and the disc to rupture. The condition can arise from something as simple as poor posture or falling from a significant height. Symptoms include pressure and irritation of the nerves, muscle weakness, and loss of reflexes in other body parts. Medications are often used to control pain, but in extreme cases, a surgery may be recommended...Read more

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