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Doctor Matthew Root DO

Matthew Root, DO

Board Certified Physician in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Board Certified Physician in Pain Medicine

Dr. Root is the founder of Pain and Spine Center whose mission is finding the root cause of your pain and treating it appropriately with compassion in order to reduce your pain and optimize your functional capacity. The best of both worlds, Dr. Root is double-boarded as both a Physiatrist and Pain Management physician. As a result he is able to integrate his comprehensive knowledge of kinesiology and musculoskeletal medicine to help you reduce pain and restore function. Dr. Root is a fellow of the American Academy of PM&R and specializes in performing Electrodiagnostic (EMG/NCS) studies which is a diagnostic tool for the following conditions: radiculopathies (pinched nerves in the back or neck), compression neuropathies, and peripheral neuropathies. In addition, Dr. Root is skilled in joint injection therapies and fluoroscopic spine injection treatments including epidural, facet and nerve blocks, as well as, disrupting the nerves ability to send pain signals through a radiofrequency ablation or neuromodulation spinal cord stimulation.

After graduating with honors with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, Dr. Root went on to obtain his medical degree at the Western University of the Health Sciences in Pomona CA. Dr. Root completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency in Philadelphia, PA at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a US News & World top ranked hospital in Rehabilitation Medicine and Model Systems Spinal Cord Injury Center.

Dr. Root then completed his fellowship training in Santa Barbara specializing in Interventional Pain and Spine procedures. Following fellowship he stayed on as faculty and Assistant Director of their fellowship program where he is respected as a sound clinician and teacher of musculoskeletal medicine, ultrasound-guided peripheral injections, and fluoroscopic-guided spine procedures. He also has been recognized by the Thomas Jefferson University faculty during residency with numerous awards in scholarly work and teaching medical students during residency. He has published in nationally recognized medical journals in the field of PM&R and has presented his research at national meetings including the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Dr. Root’s work in pain management and injection therapy helps provide relief to those suffering from complicated and debilitating conditions without invasive back or neck surgery. He utilizes treatments that are easy for his patients to manage and fit into their lifestyle and daily activities. Dr. Root is well known for his caring helpful bedside manner and willingness to help his patients feel relief from painful and sometimes debilitating conditions. He takes the time needed to learn about his patients goals for recovery and finds the solution to each patients unique medical condition.

Hospital Affiliations:

  • Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital Medical Center
  • Dignity Health – Glendale Memorial Hospital
  • Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center


  • Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences. Pomona, CA

Doctor Matthew Root DO January 15, 2015

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