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Dr. James Cole

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Fishers, IN
33 years experience male

Locations

AHN Bone and Spine

Lebanon, IN

Address

504 West Camp St, Lebanon, IN
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield

Sagamore Health Network

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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

Specialties
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

67 Answers
17 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
No: Only injections and lots of appropriate stretching.
A female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Varies: For a simple one level, back to every day activities is very early.Much longer to get back to heavy or strenuous activity, maybe 2-3 months.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Exam and X-ray: Trauma related pain in this area may indicate fracture or just joint irritation. Need xray and examination to be certain. Fractured tailbones are trea... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 72-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Unlikely: You should have had a 1 year fu to make sure the neck surgery was healed and fused. If it was healed then there is no connection. If you did not hav... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Limit motion: Most of the time this is caused from excessive overhead work, or excessive lifting and turning of the neck. Othertimes, it is wear and tear arthritis... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Nerve healing: A decompression and sometimes let the nerves heal and cause a hypersensitivity. Also, increased activity and make this sensation from the skin and mu... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
I hope not: Arthritis is just wear and tear changes in a joint. Any joint. Every living mammal will have some form of arthritis from normal wear changes from li... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Calcium Vitamin D: Bisphosphonates are good for bone health, but you must have the building blocks . These are calcium and vitamin d. Any of the otc combinations will ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Muscle tightness: Most likely muscular tightness from the healing process. Could also be some instability from the surgery. Need to work on stretching and core muscle... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Three possibilities , one is anterior neck fusion, second is an artificial disk replacement , third is a posterior discectomy. All outpatient surgeri... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Not uncommon: Many changes occur with pregnancy. The uterus is increasing in size and the pelvis ligaments are changing to accept the fetus and its weight and size... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: At age 17, you have finished growing. The curve should be stable. The best thing to do is stay in shape with strong core muscles . Gymnastics is a ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Mri shows nerve impingement without contrast in the un-operated back. You also need standing flexion/extension x-rays of the low back.
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Arthritis: The disk replacement does not address the posterior joint arthritis which can be the pain generator. Need facet blocks the the operative level to ass... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Nerve damage: The popping should give relief. If it is making pain or shocks down her arms then the motion is most likely touching a nerve when she does it. As lo... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
No: Most of the time it is the spinous process that the patient feels and not usually the screws. Need you surgeon to verify if these bumps are truely th... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Very good: Unless the fracture is a dislocation, most neck fractures are fixable with surgery and many without surgery.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Stretch: You must do yoga stretch. Place your arm above your head that is on the same side of the pain and bend to the other side to stretch out the painful s... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Very: Most people need pain meds for 2 weeks to 3 months.
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
No: Tarlov cysts are common and do not usually cause pain or symptoms.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
No: Long term use in a grown human has not been shown to make you taller, permanently.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Muscles are most likely getting fatigued from the combination of the two. Need a good spinal strengthening program for life.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
No: Back pain can be referred pain from many pathologies occuring in the chest, lungs or mediastinum.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
No: Back pain might be referred from the prostate and muscle activity that causes ejaculation.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cole
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 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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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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