Dr. James Cole

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Fishers, IN
34 years experience male

Locations

AHN Bone and Spine

Lebanon, IN

Address

504 West Camp St, Lebanon, IN
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

I enjoy woodworking and metal working. I enjoy outdoor activities of biking, camping in cool weather, and hiking in Colorado. I really enjoy fast cars and going to car actions

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Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

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67 Answers
17 Agrees
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Muscle or nerve: For a young person, the most likely issue is muscle pain in the 'posterior chain" these are the muscles that keep you erect. These include the butto... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
No, not usually: During harvest of the hip graft, the anterior femoral cutaneous nerve was most likely injured. This nerve runs over the hip very close to where we ta... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Unlikely: Myopathy can weaken muscles and result in early back degeneration. This is very unusual, however. At age 44, if you have early back issues already, t... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Bursitis vs stenosis: Pain like this is most commonly hip bursitis. Stretching the bilateral hips will help. Occasionally you would have to get a bursal injection to help... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Injections, physical therapy, nsiadslike alive, motrin, Ibuprofen and oral steroids, also surgery in selected cases.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Planks: Plank workouts will build up the abs and gluteal muscles so you will have more endurance. Hold a standard plank and while doing this flex your pelvis... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
No: A 28 degree curve is a moderate curve. For a 19 year old male, this should be watched with xrays every 5 years. Usually, however, a curve with this ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Seeing a back doc: Low back pain has a large differential diagnosis. If you have really baad pain, evaluation by a back specialist is important. You would also need xr... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Many issues: With this many issues, you should be first seen by a neurologist and a rheumatologist. Together , they should be able to diagnose your etiology.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Unlikely: A 21 degree curve in a 21 year old female is considered a stable curve as long as it is idiopathic. While pregnancy does cause some ligamentous laxit... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Pain doctor: Need to start with a pain management doctor first to get exercise recs. Chiropractor might also give you good advice and relief.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Pinched nerve: Age 34 with negative work up for heart problems or vascular issue, then you need to consider EMG of the arm and consider seeing orthopedic spine doc o... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
No: At 25 you should not have osteoporosis. But women with osteoporosis and scoliosis usually do not have strong enough bones to make a surgical correcti... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Possibly: As can be an issue with bending and lifting. The treatment is aggressive moving / hep. Once you have stiffness, however, a job with minimal bending ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Low back injury can cause other muscles to overwork. And cause you to have an abnormal gait pattern. Abnormal use of your hip flexors to stabilize y... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Typical: Injections and blocks in the neck can cause short term neck pain increases and headaches. These usually calm down after a few days as the needles tra... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Muscle strain: This is most likely muscular strain from the change in the pregnancy. It could also be the uterus lying on the sacral plexus. Need to walk, stretch,... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
No: Back pain might be referred from the prostate and muscle activity that causes ejaculation.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Unlikely: There is no research that shows that neck arthritis will cause you to become crippled. You may have bad enough arthritis that you decrease your activ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
See a specialist: If your pain is so bad that you have a change in posture to accommodate and it is not improving, then you need to see a spinal specialist to look int... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Exercise: A hep and stretching with neck strengthening is the best. You need to balance the anterior neck muscles with the posterior neck muscles. Often , th... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
May have 2 problems: The most important to be evaluated is the blood in stool. A mass in the pelvis can press on the lumbosacral plexus and cause back pain , leg pain and... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
No: Back pain can be referred pain from many pathologies occuring in the chest, lungs or mediastinum.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Weeks: Belts can help muscle strain pain. They can give some support. It can take 6-8 weeks for the muscle to heal. So you can wear the brace for 6-8 week... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Neck pain/headaches: Neck pain is usually muscular in origin, although there may be an underlying cause that starts the muscle pain. Anyway, the posterior neck muscles at... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Wow: A 2.6 centimeter (1 inch) tarlov cyst needs to be followed to make sure it is not expanding and causing an instability or erosion of the vertebral bod... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
No: Long term use in a grown human has not been shown to make you taller, permanently.
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
No: However, ddd of the spine can cause tightness around the spinal cord and make your gait pattern change which you can feel is an equilibrium issue. Do... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Muscles are most likely getting fatigued from the combination of the two. Need a good spinal strengthening program for life.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Many things: Usually decreased lordosis occurs in the acute phase of muscle injury, so stretch and strengthen for that. Sometimes, decreased lordosis occurs sec... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Core exercises: Do pelvis tilts and core strengthening. Try exerciseball.Com for suggestions. Walk hourly at work. Walk to the copier or bathroom
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Get CT: Sometimes a 'simple' ankle sprain is really a bone evulsion at this location and can continue to heard. A simple sprain should be resolved in 6-8 wee... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Spine specialist eva: A listhesis is treated with therapy. Failure of therapy to help or progression of symptoms, like leg numbness warrants MRI evaluation with a spinal s... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Not the same: Radiculopathy is caused by nerve irritation/inflammation. This can be caused by bone spur (arthritis), herniated disk, and/or foraminal stenosis from... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Stretching: Stretching and otc nsaids(motrin) are the first steps. You can also try warm , moist heat. If these do not help in a week or two, you need to seek c... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Very: Most people need pain meds for 2 weeks to 3 months.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Avoid surgery: For axial neck and low back pain, and young age we rec avoiding surgery. You need to first exhaust muscle rehab balancing the extensor and flexor mus... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Spinal stenosis: There are several possibilities. The most likely with your age is right sided degenerative issues in the neck compressing the spinal cord. You need ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Neck pain: You should never pull on your neck with ab exercises/crutches. Try other abdominal exercises that do not require you to lay on the floor. Try ball-ex... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
No: Tarlov cysts are common and do not usually cause pain or symptoms.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Complex: If you have had MRI and/or ct and xrays to eval. And nothing has helped, have you done cervical traction? Oral steroids? Stopped lifting 600pounds? ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Neck or shoulder: This type of pain can be from the neck or the solder. Pathology in either area feel the same to the patient. If you have more shoulder pain, then sh... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Stretch: The best way to improve healing of a tendonitis is stretch the tendon, not contract the tendon. So to stretch the tendon, you need to move the toes i... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
OTC NSAIDS: Over the counter meds are the best for occasional lbp from a herniation. I rec 2 aleve and two tylenol (acetaminophen). Warm moist heat and extensio... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Arthritis: 95% of the time, this means you have every day wear and tear changes. This otherwise is the same as degenerative spinal arthritis or ddd or degenerat... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Core strengthening: You can improve chronic lbp, but curing it is harder. You will have the best outcome with home exercises program. Get a stability ball with dvd/post... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Usually no: Spine doctors rec the firmest mattress that you are comfortable on. The softer the mattress, the more out of alignment the spine is during sleep. Th... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Cervical: The cervical paraspinal muscles will be taken off the spine for the surgery. The muscles will heal back to the remaining bone. Most folks have some ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
No: Only injections and lots of appropriate stretching.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Core strengthening is very helpful for the pain you are experiencing with your back. Also core strength will decrease the rate of ajacent segment we... Read More
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Testimonials
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Feb 19, 2013
Excellent orthopedic spine specialist highly recommended.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Cole is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Cole is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Had two lumbar surgeries that completely disabled me. The first was poorly done & needed revision. The second was to stabilize my lumbar.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! TY. But now I'm even more confused as to how to proceed. Help!!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I started yesterday movements weights &did lower abs stretchs

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Graduated 1994MD

Medical/Graduate school

Vanderbilt University
Graduated 1989MD

Residency

University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center

Residency

University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center

Awards

Ray Neff Award, University of Kentucky Medical Center
Top Doctor, First Place, Muncie, IN - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Muncie, IN - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Indianapolis Medical Society
American Medical Association
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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