Doctor Arends began his professional medical career at the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch where he was a founding member of The Institute for Spine Care. He moved to Boulder in 2003 joining Boulder Neurosurgical Associates and the Boulder Back Institute. Dr. Arends founded the Colorado Center for Spine Medicine in 2009, and has served as the Medical Director for the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Lafayette, Colorado. Dr. Arends specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pain of spinal origin. He treats neuromusculoskeletal ailments, occupational and sports related injuries.
Boarded in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and sub-specializing in Interventional Spine, Dr. Arends is an authority in neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation. Dr. Arends is an active lecturer and physician educator speaking and instructing both locally and nationally on the topics of minimally-invasive spinal interventions, and rehabilitative spine care. He has contributed to his field with research and the publishing of scientific articles and textbook chapters.
Dr. Arends performs interventional diagnostic testing such as discography and selective spinal blocks, as well as electrodiagnostic testing. He is highly skilled in injection therapy including fluoroscopically-guided spinal injections, and minimally-invasive spinal interventions such as radiofrequency neurotomy, intradiscal electrothermal annuloplasty, and percutaneous disc decompression. He employs a wide range of rehabilitative techniques to reduce pain and promote the long-term healing and well being of his patients.
Dr. Arends earned his medical degree in 1995 from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. After receiving his degree, Dr. Arends held an Internship in Internal Medicine/Neurology and a Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Following the completion of his Residency in 1999, Dr. Arends continued his specialty training with a Fellowship in Interventional Spine at the Georgia Pain Physicians Pain Management Fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Windsor, MD.
Dr. Arends has provided front-line operational trauma coverage for our nation’s most elite law enforcement special response team, the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team. While in Chicago he worked as a spine and orthopedic consultant for the Chicago Bureau’s Special Agents, and currently he is a member of the Denver Regional FBI SWAT Team.