John D. Spears, D.O.

When spine surgery is an option,
The Missouri Spine Institute is the best option you have.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

To begin diagnosis, Jason will take down your medical history and ask you questions to differentiate what could be a nerve impingement problem, an instability problem, or an inflammatory/arthritic problem.

Next, Jason will perform a neurologic and physical examination, while I review any recent diagnostic imaging studies you have had

Based on the x-ray findings and your medical history, I may order supplementary diagnostic test(s), such as an MRI or a post-myelogram CT.

As soon as all of the necessary test(s) and information have been obtained, I will either give you a diagnosis or, if necessary, direct you to another physician that may assist in making a diagnosis.

Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, I will recommend a treatment plan specific to your problem.


Had c5 6 7 fusion. Absolutely satisfied excellent Surgeon!!!!!

Rich McDowell
Lake Ozark, MO

My husband and I have each had 2 surgeries by Dr Spears.

We could not be more pleased with the results. He’s all business and isn’t much interested in chatting, but when we listened without interrupting, we found most all of our questions had been answered.

We highly recommend Dr Spears to friends and family.

Elizabeth Hickman
Kirksville, MO

Only waited about 10 to 15 minutes. Dr. Spears was very straight forward. He didn’t beat around the bush. He told us exactly like it was and we appreciate that.

Finally someone with honesty, Integrity and a doctor that won’t put you through it if it isn’t going to do anything to help you!

I highly recommend him to anyone with spine/back issues. And although it wasn’t what we wanted to hear at least we know what lies ahead.

D. Goodman
Jefferson CIty, MO

When Surgery Isn’t Right

In many instances, the best treatment options for you and your health are actually non-surgical. If your diagnosis reveals that surgery isn’t the best fit, there are many other ways to address your pain and discomfort.

Activity Modification:

In the beginning, it is crucial that you learn how to alter your normal activities so that your spine can heal. Ask your provider for resources on how to do this.

Ergonomic Changes:

Some simple changes to your home and work environment can greatly reduce your back pain, such as using a standing desk rather than a chair.

Physical Therapy:

Physical therapists use a wide variety of techniques to heal injuries and get you back to your normal daily activities. Some examples include aquatic exercise, conditioning, movement training, and strengthening.

Epidural Steroid Injections:

Though a steroid injection isn’t a long-term cure, it can give the body room to heal by reducing pain and inflammation. Speak with your provider to determine if a steroid injection is a good fit for you.

Chiropractic Treatment:

Chiropractic treatment is a non-invasive option for many spine related disorders. Using spinal manipulation, chiropractors work to restore proper joint function and decrease pain.


This practice began in the Far East more than 2000 years ago, and is commonly used by practitioners to relieve back pain. During the procedure, dry needles are inserted into the skin and are thought to improve the energy flow and stimulation throughout the body.

Non-steroid Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS).

This type of medication can be prescribed by your provider to reduce inflammation, which, in turn, can decrease pain and promote faster healing of your spinal condition.

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