Dr. Justin Esterberg

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Seattle, WA
26 years experience male

Locations

Orthopedic Physicians Associates

Seattle, WA

Address

601 Broadway Suite 700, Seattle, WA
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My office hours

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

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Seattle, WA

About

Bio

Dr. Esterberg’s goal as your doctor is to help you identify what is causing your symptoms, learn about that problem, and then discuss with you the types of treatment that could benefit you. He is focused on you and how your particular issue is affecting your everyday activities. Both you and he will explore the nonsurgical and surgical options available to you. If a surgical option is chosen, then his goal would be to utilize the least invasive techniques that can help you get back to your everyday activities as soon as possible. In his spare time, Dr. Esterberg enjoys the city of Seattle and likes to explore his environment. He likes to do just about any sport that involves the mountains or the water - alpine skiing in particular. Since he was raised in Minnesota, ice hockey is his favorite sport and he continues to play, despite the lack of ice here in Seattle.   Please read Dr. Esterberg's biography .

Specialties
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

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106 Answers
47 Agrees
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Unlikely: It takes a lot of tissue damage to dislocate any joint. The ligaments and joint capsules typically need to be torn for a joint to dislocate and this ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Ibuprofen, Naproxen: The over the counter antiinflammatories are ibuprofen(advil) and Naproxen (aleve). It depends on each person but these are the most commonly used/pr... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Back pain: Most common cause is muscle strain (pulled muscles). There are several other spine related causes such as disc herniation and arthritis. Non spine c... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Spondi: Most often, surgery is not required to treat this. If your son does not have any pain in the back or legs, then surgery would not be recommended. Th... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Spine: Check back with your spine doc. Sometimes people will have pain in another area of their back when using a brace. Usually this will get better with... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
May be spine: Could be a disc protrusion or herniation. You should see a spine physician. An MRI of your lumbar spine would help rule out nerve entrapment from a ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Nerve : Sounds like it could be a pinched nerve in your lower neck. Typically these will get better on their own. You can try icing, antiinflammatories and... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Sorry : Sorry to hear your father is in pain. First, if he is having any fevers or chills or his knees feel warm or look red, he should go to the emergency r... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
See spine MD: I recommend that you see a spine md prior to seeing a chiropractor. Presumably the stenosis was seen on an MRI you had of your cervical spine. Certa... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Xrays: Xrays can make the diagnosis of spondylolisthesis. Xrays can show the relationships of the vertebrae (bones) in your spine and determine if one is sl... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Pull: Literally means pulling on your spine in a way to temporarily lengthen your spine. There are several tables/ machines that do this, inversion tables ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
No: Residual muscle weakness can take a long time to resolve, even 12 months or longer. Epidural injections are sometimes helpful for pain, not for resid... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Surgery: Septic joints require surgery to wash out the infection. It is helpful postoperatively to brace the ankle, whether it is a plaster splint or boot fo... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Scoliosis: Treatments for scoliosis range from observation to surgery. Physiotherapy can be helpful to work on core strengthening. Antiinflammatories can somet... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Fusion: Fusion for the back can be helpful in certain situations. A thorough evaluation, including review of treatments attempted and formal imaging studies ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Several treatments: There are several treatments for spondylolisthesis ranging from observation to surgery. If there is no pain or the pain does not limit your activitie... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Seek further eval: In the absence of a major traumatic event such as a major fall or traffic accident, multiple fractures such as this can indicate a metabolic issue tha... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
See doctor: It is a good idea to see a doctor for progressing neck pain if your symptoms are not improving. Neck arthritis can cause these symptoms as well as n... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Fusion: I think the best ways to help minimize that risk are to stay active with low-impact activities such as swimming, cycling and to maintain good core str... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Degeneration: May be related to chronic disc degeneration or early arthritis in the neck. You should see a spine md for an evaluation. This can be a physiatrist o... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Back pain: Most common cause is muscle strain (pulled muscles). There are several other spine related causes such as disc herniation and arthritis. Non spine c... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Pain: Pain in arches of feet, pain along sides of ankle. In advanced cases pain can come from arthritic joints in the foot.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Arthritis: This is a radiological description of degenerative arthritis. Many people begin having evidence of arthritis in their discs at an early age (30s). T... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: The bruise should disappear within a week or two. Treat this with icing and elevation.
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A male asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Sciatica: Low back, buttock and "shooting" leg pain are all symptoms of a pinched nerve. It sounds like you may have that problem. If the pain is severe and l... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Spine: After a fusion arthritis can occur above and below the fused segments of the spine. It sounds like your surgery was many years ago. If you so not ha... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Yes : Pain running down the back into the buttock or legs maybe from pinched nerves in the low back, particularly the l4-5 or l5-s1 disc levels. Sounds li... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Muscles: Rest your back, comsider massage, ice/heat, medications like antiinflammatories and muscle relaxers are often helpful when causing pain. If the pain... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Ankle: If you can stand on the ankle and put full weight it is most likely a sprain. If you cannot put any weight on that leg/ankle it could be a fracture o... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Depends: 3 to 6 months depending on rehab. Surgery center fees are about 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of the hospital depending on insurance contracts. Talk with your... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
See a spine : I recommend seeing a spine surgeon for this problem. They will be able to examine you and review your imaging findings. You may have pressure on you... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Check with company: Creatine supplements are not regulated by the fda. You may find some reviews of various creatine supplements....Find one that also has analysis on ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Surgery possible: If you have had a fusion and some of the disc remains and reherniated to cause your current symptoms and you have imaging that correlates, surgery is ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Not really: Ruptured discs will often heal with time. Treatment is only needed if the pain is bothersome or there are other associated symptoms such as weakness... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Back: Yes this can be a result of a disc herniation. The sacral nerves travel through the l5-s1 disc level and when pinched can cause odd sensory symptoms.... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Xrays: Xrays can make the diagnosis of spondylolisthesis. Xrays can show the relationships of the vertebrae (bones) in your spine and determine if one is sl... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Some pain expected: Most patients tolerate the acl reconstruction well. Yes it does cause some pain but only for a short period of time... This type of surgery is done ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Neck: Typically a fall or significant injury are needed to fracture bones in the neck. If you have pain in your neck and you had an injury like this you s... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Immuno: Transplant recipients can be more susceptible to infections given the anti rejection meds can suppress the normal immune function.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Depends: A bacterial meningitis can cause death in a very short period of time, 24 to 48 hrs if untreated. If you or someone you know has any concern for this... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Not typically: Coccyx cushions generally do not cause problems with the back and are used to treat coccyx pain by taking pressure off the coccyx when seated. If you... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Leg pain: Tarlov cysts a commonly seen on mris. They often do not cause pain. Typically there is something else going on that causes pain such as a disc or a... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Spondi: Surgery is a last resort. Some options to help treat pain for this problem include tylenol, (acetaminophen) antiiinflammatories such as ibuprofen. A... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Pain: The symptoms you are feeling can be related to disc protrusion/herniation. If you have pain in the ovary and that may not be related to your back. T... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Spine specialist: Sorry to hear the therapy and medications haven't been helpful. You should consider seeing an orthopedic specialist to discuss other options for trea... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Pain: There are several treatments for these issues ranging from nonsurgical to surgical solutions. Most often surgery is not needed. Antiinflammatories c... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Depends: The answer depends on the anatomy of the problem and of course the symptoms present. Many people have degenerative discs and live pain free. Fusion... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Disc herniation: Both approaches to removing disc herniations are effective. The location of the herniation will dictated the best approach, whether more from the mi... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Degenerative Disc: Degenerative disc disease typically does not cause a permanent disability. It sounds like this may have been an interpretation of an MRI that you had... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Justin Esterberg
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
The : The answer to your question depends on you and how the pain has effected your life and daily activities. It also depends on whether or not there is a... Read More
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Testimonials
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Nov 27, 2012
I was the spine surgeon who originally recruited Justin Esterberg to Seattle. Every reference I called was stellar regarding his clinical judgment, surgical expertise, and ease of working with his pe...Read More
Nov 27, 2012
I have worked with Dr. Esterberg on both elective spinal surgery cases involving the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as spinal trauma. I can attest to his surgical skills which are impec...Read More
Dr. Esterberg is a well trained bright and capable spine surgeon. Any patient under his care would greatly benefit. He is conservative in his approach to treatment, thoughtful in surgical planning, an...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I have seen a Dr twice in less that a month and got same answer but they barely examin me its like they want to get rid of me
HealthTap member
I had hip x-rays done and they said I'm still not done growing,my thoracic part of my spine is under my muscle could this mean its twisted?
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I've been to 5 they won't touch it.I think think they don't want to another's mistake :(

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
Graduated 2002MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of St. Thomas
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview

Residency

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview

Awards

Emerging Leaders Program, American Orthopaedic Association
Top Orthopedic Spine Surgeon , First Place, Washington - Winter
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
King County Medical Society

Publications

Comparison of lordosis outcomes: ALIF vs TLIF vs posterolateral instrumeted fusion
Identification Particles and System and Method for Retrospective Identification Using Spectral Codes
An analysis of an anatomic posterolateral knee reconstruction: An in vitro biomechanical study and development of a surgical technique.
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