My name is John Small. I practice at Florida Orthopaedic Institute. I am an orthopedic spine surgeon. I’ve been a spine surgeon in this group for 17 years. I think the spine, in general, brings a different type of a challenge than most of the other orthopedic subspecialties, at least for me. Spinal deformities, scoliosis, fractures also. But degenerative discs, low back pain, cervical spine issues are mostly what I treat. I think a reasonable goal in patients who have spinal conditions is to get them back functioning the level that they want to function. I think, again, that’s one of the main reasons that I went into this subspecialty is just watching the improvement and just the ability to influence and help people get better.
You know, a lot of patients ask me, how much do I golf? I don’t golf. I run, I bike, I do triathlons. My family and my wife are also involved. So a lot of times we’ll do those types of activities together. I would say every day I look back and reflect on my decision to be an orthopedic spine surgeon and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I think it is one of the most rewarding parts of orthopedics and neurosurgical spine, spinal conditions is being able to return people back to function makes me feel very good. I think it’s why I do this.