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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Richard F. Frisch, M.D.

Richard F. Frisch, M.D.Dr. Frisch came to the Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI) in 2011 after a three-year stint as an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon at the Ochsner Spine Center. He was named co-Medical Director for that practice in 2011. The fact that he still left to join SSI is a testament to SSI’s attractiveness as a place to work as well as a place to heal.

No wonder. SSI’s three-acre independent medical campus includes two 22,000-square-foot buildings filled with state-of-the-art equipment, two MRI machines, a pain management department, physical therapy facilities and South Carolina’s only accredited ambulatory surgery center (ASC) dedicated specifically to back and neck surgery.

Education and Background

Dr. Frisch graduated from the MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine (now Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia in 2002. He completed his surgical internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, also in Philadelphia. Then he moved across the country to complete a Spine Fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco.

Dr. Frisch won several awards for his work and studies, starting with the Anna Gayadas Merit Scholarship (from the MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine) in 1998. He also won the Maimonides Society Manuscript Competition Award for his contribution to Spinal Cord Injury and Current Repair Strategies. His most recent award was the EMC Resident Research Symposium Competition Award, which he won for his work, with others, on Mechanical Analysis and Diffusion Characteristics of PMMA and Methotrexate.

Board Certification and Associations

Dr. Frisch has been board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2010. He is a proud member of the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • South Carolina Orthopedic Association – Executive Committee
  • The South Carolina Spine Society

Dr. Frisch has presented his research and findings across the United States and Canada. He presents at international meetings, annual conferences, and in classrooms. He continues to do research into spinal treatments to find the most effective methods to heal his patients and eliminate their pain.

The Writing Life of a Spine Doctor

Dr. Frisch has published extensively in industry publications such as The Spine Journal, Molecular Genetics and Metabolism and The American Journal of Human Genetics. In addition, he wrote chapters for three published books:

  • Surgical Management of Spinal Deformities, published by Elsevier BV in 2008.
  • Surgery of the Pediatric Spine, published by Thieme Medical Publishers in 2006.
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, published by Blackwell Publishing in 2003.