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Dr. Jason Huffman

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Napa, CA
24 years experience male

Locations

Office

Napa, CA

Address

3273 Claremont Way, Suite 100, Napa CA 94558
Directions

Insurances accepted

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Blue Cross of California

Blue Shield of California

CIGNA Health Care

Health Net Of California

United HealthCare Insurance Company

Zurich North America

About

Bio

Dr. Jason Huffman is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the spine. He is singularly focused on the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disorders in the neck, mid and lower back. Dr. Huffman is a recognized leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

69 Answers
60 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
722.10: In icd-9 which is still the standard it is 722.10.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Not usually: The ovaries are closer to you groin and not likely to refer pain to the tail bone. There are exceptions such as metastatic disease that directly effec... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Learn from therapist: Someone with hemiparesis will have many needs and may need someone available around the clock. The best way is to have a home therapy evaluation and w... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Small mouth: When we are children our mouths are small and adult teeth would be crowded. As the mouth grows we need bigger teeth to fill it.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Low: The chances are low. The catheter is small and any air bubble would be tiny. If it does occur it would not cause a problem. It is not like having air ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Exercise, Medication: Common back pain is best relieved and prevented by exercise and fitness. Focus on aerobic fitness and core strength. Over the counter medications such... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Therapy: The best long term treatment for neck pain from degenerative changes is strengthening and stretching exercise. Stretching will help maintain motion an... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Injection in disc: A discogram is a study that is done to determine if a disc is the source of your pain. A needle will be placed into the disc under x-ray guidance and ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Recent research has demonstrated that given enough time most disc herniations will resolve with time. Cortisone injections help control the symptoms d... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Time and therapy: Chances are that this will heal with time and your symptoms will resolve. Physical therapy will help you decrease the associated symptoms and strength... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Possibly: The most common type of scoliosis is known as idiopathic and is the kind usually diagnosed in teenagers. It is more unusual for a baby to have scolio... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Surgery: The symptoms of spinal stenosis can often be treated by non surgical methods such and therapy, medications, activity modification, but surgery is the ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
No: We have learned that the larger braces that were used in the past did not provide much benefit compared to small, less obvious braces so kids being tr... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Lacking Strength: Neck weakness means that the muscles of the neck are not of normal strength or there is muscle strength imbalance. I may look like you have poor postu... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Therapy: I would suggest seeing a spine specialist to rule out any more concerning causes and likely starting with a course of physical therapy. You might also... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Internal scar tissue can be removed but there is a risk that it will grow back and perhaps be worse than before.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Probably not: It is generally better to do exercises and physical therapy in an attempt to correct this postural deformity.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: I have a number of patients with the disorder.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Possibly: If the onset is very recent and is due to nerve compression that can be reversed it may be curable with surgery. An example is an acute lumbar disc he... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Both a disc hernaition at l2-3 and lumbar stenosis from L1 to L4 can cause pain in the back of the thighs. A significant disc herniation may cause lum... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
High: Bulging discs are typical in the aging spine and often start showing up in patients in their thirties. By the time people reach 40 years old the major... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
X-Rays: The diagnosis of slipped capital femoral epiphysis is made by taking x-rays of the hip and pelvis.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: It will be safe but it is unlikely to help. Making sure you are getting a good balanced protein intake is most important.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: The chest muscles help support the upper back and spine as well. It is not unusual to have muscle spasms radiate around to the front of the chest wit... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Check an X-Ray: At 42 years old you are likely to have some degenerative changes of the spine. If you need to confirm this a simple x-ray of the neck is the easiest w... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Waterproof Pad: They sell a variety of waterproof pads for mattresses that will protect the mattress. You can find them at a mattress store.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: This may depend on the actual degree of your curve but as a general rule minor scoliosis should not restrict your activities or occupation.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: A blood clot in the leg is typically in a vein and if it dislodges it may go to the heart. Most of the time it will pass through the heart and go to t... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Bone spurs: Posterior osteophytic spurs of the cervical spine are bone spurs around the back of the disc space and in front of the spinal cord. They are normal fi... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Depends on insurance: Physical therapy is usually covered to some degree by private insurance. You will need to check with your plan to see how many visits are covered and ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Metal alloy: In scoliosis surgery the rod is typically made of a metal alloy. Most commonly used are titanium and stainless steel. More recently cobalt come alloys... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Not bad: The anesthesiologist will usually give you some medicine through the IV before hand to take the edge off and a little local anesthetic. Typically it i... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Lack of strength: Neck weakness in lack of muscle strength or muscle imbalance in the muscles of the neck.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
It can: Stenosis of the cervical spine (in the neck) can cause spinal cord or nerve root compression which in turn can cause pain in the arms and shoulders.
A male asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Stenosis is often due to overgrowth of bone or "bone spurs, " in an arthritic spine. When a decompression surgery such as a laminectomy or laminotomy ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
The one you like: There is no best mattress for cervical spondylitis. The type of mattress depends more on how you sleep, generally softer for side sleepers, firmer for... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Usually Canada: Typically drug prices for non generic medications are lower in canada than in the us.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Bad teeth can be hereditary. In addition parents who do not care for their teeth are less likely to teach their children to take good care of their te... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: If the fracture is causing compression or irritation to a nerve root in the lumbar spine it will cause "sciatica" or nerve pain in the leg.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Hard to say: Concussion and whiplash injuries vary in severity. The pain from a whiplash will usually resolve in a few weeks and is best treated with early therapy... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Not Likely: Degenerative disc disease alone usually causes primarily low back pain. There may be some radiating leg pain with it due to local nerve root irritatio... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Good: Whiplash refers to a strain of the soft tissues supporting the spine. It usually resolves with time and simple conservative care including gentle stre... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
No: Fluoroscopy is a technique to get x-ray images that can be done live. It is used for diagnosis and as an aid during procedures. Like x-rays and ct sca... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Till you fuse : The plate and screws are there to hold the bones still till you fuse which typically takes about 3 months. After that they are not providing support. ... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
At least 800$: This depends greatly on the location where the procedure is done. A pain specialist with the ability to do it in his office with minimal sedation will... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Probably not.: Inflammation usually involves warmth, redness, swelling and tenderness. Skin is normally warm to the touch. Back pain is most commonly due to muscle p... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Cervical Stenosis: I am worried she may have narrowing of the cervical spine aka cervical stenosis. Have her see her physician for neurologic evaluation.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Unstable fractures: A fracture of the neck can vary in severity. Mild fractures may only need observation and severe fractures are often fatal. Unstable fractures require... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
A curved spine: Scoliosis means an abnormal curvature of the spine. Thoracolumbar means that it involves both the thoracic spine or mid back and the lumbar spine or l... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Moderatly Painful: Typical discectomy surgery is done through a small incision with careful dissection of the muscles on the back of the spine. Patients vary but usually... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Huffman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Huffman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA
Graduated 1998MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Napa Region, CA - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Napa Region, CA - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Napa Region, CA - Summer
2013

Affiliations

North American Spine Society
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