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Donald S. Corenman, MD, DC
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon and Chiropractor
The Steadman Clinic
Vail, CO
Dr. Corenman is a member of the SpineUniverse Editorial Board.

About Donald S. Corenman, MD, DC

Dr. Corenman started his career as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1978 after attending California State University at Northridge then receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and graduating from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He then completed a residency in Chiropractic Orthopaedics from the same school and was in private practice for five years. He received his Diplomate from the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopaedists during this time.

Dr. Corenman then finished medical school and earned his degree as a medical doctor at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He completed the five-year residency program in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Detroit Medical Center. He continued his education completing a fellowship in spinal disorders and deformity at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. Dr. Corenman continued on at the University as an Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery teaching fellows and residents for 3 years. He was the co-chief of spinal trauma at Denver General, which is now Denver Health Medical Center.

Dr. Corenman has been in Vail Colorado for the past 20 years practicing at The Steadman Clinic, the premier sports medicine clinic for recovery of sports and spinal injuries. Dr. Corenman is affiliated with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard association and is a physician for the U.S. Ski Team. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, the Western States Orthopaedic Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Academy of Chiropractic Orthopaedists. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Board of Spine Surgery and the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics. He is an associate editor for the American journal of Chiropractic Orthopedics He has conducted research in the spine for both surgery and rehabilitation and has published multiple articles. Dr. Corenman has published multiple books, many papers and lectured to his peers from Hong Kong to Paris.


Diagnostic Value of the Straight Leg Raise and Braggards in Identifying Patients with Radiculopathy
Sarah A Kelley-Spearing, Donald S Corenman, Eric L Strauch
The Spine Journal, September 2008 (Vol. 8, Issue 5, Page 126S)

General Health Relates to Disability in Neck and Back Patients
Sarah A. Kelley-Spearing, Donald S. Corenman, Rebecca D. Glassman, Karen K. Briggs
The Spine Journal, September 2007 (Vol. 7, Issue 5, Page 75S)

Physical Exam Findings Relate to Perceived Disability in Back Patients
Donald S. Corenman, Sarah A. Kelley-Spearing, David C. Karli, Eric L. Strauch, Rebecca D. Glassman
The Spine Journal, September 2007 (Vol. 7, Issue 5, Page 59S)

Physical Exam Findings Relate to Perceived Disability in Neck Patients
Donald S. Corenman, Sarah A. Kelley-Spearing, David C. Karli, Eric L. Strauch, Rebecca D. Glassman
The Spine Journal, September 2007 (Vol. 7, Issue 5, Pages 65S-66S)

The History of the discovery of the origins of back and leg pain
D. Corenman, Vail Valley Magazine; winter 2006-2007

Understanding Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
D. Corenman; Steadman Hawkins Foundation Newsletter; Spring/Summer 2005.

Lack of blood supply makes discs susceptible to pain
D. Corenman. Denver Post; April 2005

Interobserver Reliability of Detecting Lumbar Intervertebral Disc High--Intensity Zone on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Association of High--Intensity Zone with Pain and Annular Disruption;
Brad M.T. Smith, D.C., Eric Hurwitz, D.C., PhD., David Solsberg, M.D., David Rubinstein, M.D., Donald S. Corenman, M.D., D.C., Anthony Dwyer, M.D., Jeff Kleiner, M.D.
Spine; Volume 23, Number 19, October 1, 1998

Letter to the Editor: "Dynamic Chiropractic"; 15/5; February 24, 1997;
Comment on diagnostic ultrasound, anterior and posterior longitudinal ligament fibrosis management of a patient with lamina fracture of the sixth cervical vertebra and concomitant subluxation
D. Corenman, Journal Manipulative Physiologic Therapeutics; February 1997

Articles Written by Donald S. Corenman, MD, DC

Spondylolisthesis and Pars Fractures

A pars fracture occurs when the bony pars interarticularis breaks. This type of spinal fracture causes spondylolisthesis; a forward slip or slide of one vertebral body over the one beneath.

Choosing a Doctor Who Treats Neck and Back Pain

Information about many types of doctors and practitioners, including an overview of their education and training.

Spine Specialist Center

The Spine Specialist Center can help you learn about different physicians and specialists who diagnose and treat neck and back pain.

Chiropractic Education and Practice

All chiropractors must have passed national and state licensing boards before establishing a private practice.

Physician Assistants and Spine Patient Care

Find out how and why Physician Assistants are integral to ensuring quality patient care.

Sciatica and Radicular (Nerve Related) Back and Leg Pain

Do you have lower back pain or buttock pain that runs down into one thigh or below the knee into the leg? If so, you may have sciatica, a term doctors use to describe compression of the sciatic nerve.

Bone Graft Types for Spinal Fusion Surgery

Autograft and allograft are frequently used bone graft types for spinal fusion surgery, but new biomedical materials are advancing the case for bone graft substitutes.

Orthopaedists, Spine Surgeons, and Neurosurgeons

What are the differences between orthopaedic surgeons, spine surgeons, and neurosurgeons in regard to the spine and spine care? Learn more here.

Case Studies Presented by Donald S. Corenman, MD, DC

Cervical Symptoms Recur after Artificial Disc Replacement

Presented by: D. Corenman MD, DC
This 48-year-old male patient underwent artificial disc replacement (ADR) at C6-C7 for foraminal stenosis 2 years earlier with another surgeon. His pain was reduced by 50% and he did reasonably well until approximately 6 months ago.

T12-L3 Fixation across L2: Burst Fracture

Presented by: D. Corenman MD, DC
The patient is a 27-year-old male with a L2 burst fracture from a ski-jumping accident. Pain is 4/10 to 5/10 (supine). Axial low back pain radiates to S1 with paresthesias into the anterior thighs. No leg pain.

Articles Reviewed by Donald S. Corenman, MD, DC

Going Solo: Developing a Medical Device Without Institutional Backing

Some people take up fishing or golfing in retirement. Donald Corenman is developing a biological disc replacement.

5 Tips for Using Hot Baths to Relax Your Back

Benefits of a hot bath go beyond soothing stress. Baths can relax the back and help relieve back pain. Get the bubbles!

Best Practice Guidelines for Chiropractic Care of Neck Pain and Whiplash Disorders

Recommendations for neck pain and whiplash disorders help close knowledge gaps on modalities lacking scientific. Peer commentary addresses chiropractic management of myelopathy from cervical stenosis and radiculopathy.

Marked Variability in Diagnostic Interpretation of Lumbar Spine MRI Found

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of a single patient’s lumbar spine at 10 different MRI centers showed marked variability in reported interpretive findings and a high prevalence of interpretive errors.

Music Therapy Decreases Pain After Spine Surgery

Music therapy, when combined with standard medical care, lowered pain perception in patients recovering from spinal fusion.

Music as Medicine After Spine Surgery

Music therapy, when combined with standard medical care, reduced pain perception in patients recovering from spinal fusion.

Staff and Office Factors May Negatively Affect Online Ratings for Spine Surgeons

Should spine surgeons ask patients if there were difficulties with the office appointment or surgical scheduling, and encourage patients to take an active role in billing prior to undergoing a surgical procedure in an attempt to provide more transparency for the patient?

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TIDI (drape patent); Biological Disc Patent
Board of Directors
Colorado State Board of Chiropractic Examiners