Spine Animations

Spine Animations

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Poor posture can damage the spine and its associated muscles and ligaments. A hunched stance places abnormal stress on muscles and ligaments, causes backache and fatigue, and can even cause the spine to become fixed in an abnormal position.

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John F. Johnson, M.D.


Dr. Johnson came to the Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI) to join the growing staff; the SSI staff works together in a spine-only practice, to help you overcome your neck and back pain. Dr. Johnson is proud to be a part of the SSI team.

Education and Background

After graduating with numerous honors from the College of Charleston, Dr. Johnson attended the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Although he spent one year studying in the London University Hospital Systems (under auspices of AUC) in England, he graduated from MUSC in 1990.

Dr. Johnson then traveled to Hong Kong for post-graduate surgical studies with SSI founder Donald R. Johnson, M.D. He completed his internship in the Greenville (SC) hospital system. For his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he returned to MUSC. He completed a subspecialty fellowship at SSI following his residency.

Board Certification and Associations

Dr. Johnson has been board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 2000. He is an active member of many professional organizations:

  • American Academy of Pain Management
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • American Back Society
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • Association of American Physiatrists
  • Charleston County Medical Society
  • International Spinal Injection Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • South Carolina Medical Association
  • South Carolina Spine Society, for which he served as president
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Education Association
  • Southern Medical Association

Dr. Johnson has current hospital affiliations with the Department of Internal Medicine at East Cooper Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant, the Department of Neurology (as Assistant Professor at MUSC, and as Chief of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the St. Francis-Roper Hospital System.

Reaching Out to Peers and Colleagues

Dr. Johnson has published numerous articles in the peer-reviewed industrial journal Rehab in Review. His work has also appeared in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the most highly cited journal in Rehabilitation.

In addition, Dr. Johnson has given a dozen presentations to South Carolina audiences, including a talk on the “Management of Chronic Back Pain” at the Joyner Sports Medicine National Conference, several on-air radio discussions about low back pain, and ongoing lectures to the students at MUSC, where he acts as an Assistant Professor and Training Instructor. Dr. Johnson is also conducting a research project on Lubar Epidural Steroid Injections.