2811 Tieton Drive,
Yakima, WA 98902 Map this address

(509) 575-8000

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Yakima Orthopedic Services

An estimated 80% of people experience some sort of back pain in their lifetime and, according to American Family Physician (AAFP), back pain is one of the most common reasons for visits to the doctor.

We provide comprehensive care with state-of-the-art technology for people suffering from back and neck pain. Spine specialists at Virginia Mason Memorial can treat a variety of back and neck conditions. These specialists can provide a diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment to ensure rapid return to improved function.

Meet Michael Chang, MD

Michael Chang

A spine surgeon at Orthopedics Northwest, Dr. Michael Chang views his patients as team members. His philosophy to working with patients is based on listening to all of their needs and assuring their comfort and safety. He keeps his patients well informed so that they can make the best decision for themselves. New to Yakima, Dr. Chang hopes to provide the best possible care for spine patients in the city and surrounding communities. When not at work, Dr. Chang enjoys vacationing with his family in Costa Rica, where he first became interested in studying medicine.

Individualized Care

We know everyone's pain is different. That's why our experts focus on caring for the whole person. We provide patients with accurate diagnoses, individualized treatment plans, counseling on treatment options and access to the latest treatments.

Finding the source of back and neck pain can be a complex process. Our specialists evaluate your spine and its surrounding structure to accurately pinpoint the source of your back or neck pain. Accurate diagnosis helps determine the best treatment for each person's unique spine condition.

Because of our physicians and staff depth of experience and expertise, we can create individualized plans that respond to patients' physical and emotional concerns and focus on successful treatment and recovery. An individualized plan can include physical therapy, pain management techniques and surgery, when needed. We offer treatments that include non-surgical, surgical and minimally invasive interventions for disorders of the spine, many of which can be performed on an outpatient basis. Our supportive and compassionate staff helps you through your treatment plan.

Our specialists offer the latest treatment options and as your medical advisors we can help you make the treatment choices that are right for you.

Services include:

  • Prevention, evaluation and diagnosis
  • Radiological testing and services
  • Minimally invasive surgical and non-surgical treatment options
  • Nerve root blocks and therapeutic site injections
  • Recovery and rehabilitation including physical and occupational therapy
  • Patient navigation and follow-up services

Water's Edge, Memorial's Interventional Pain Institute

Water's Edge Water's Edge is a unique medical facility that brings a variety of interventional treatments for a broad spectrum of chronic pain to Central Washington. Virginia Mason Memorial's Pain Relief Institute is meeting the needs of a growing number of referrals from around the state, as well as from neighboring states and Canada.

With a large staff of medical providers and a support team of skilled nurses, technicians and administrative personnel, Water's Edge provides nearly 10,000 square feet of modern offices, exam rooms and procedure rooms for pain treatments. A relaxing waiting area furnished with comfortable reclining chairs allows patients to contemplate the peaceful waters of Yakima's Lake Aspen while they await their procedures.

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NEW! Telehealth: Let us bring your Healthcare to you.

We are now offering Telehealth visits at all Virginia Mason Memorial clinics. These are typical appointments with your provider but from your home, work, or wherever is most convenient for you

Learn more about joining one of our providers for a Telehealth visit »

COVID-19 Evaluation Clinic: Our Creekside HealthyNow location is now a COVID-19 evaluation clinic. If you have cough and fever, please schedule your visit at our Creekside Location. Please list your symptoms in the reason for visit so our team is better prepared to assist you.

This location completes an evaluation to determine if you're a candidate for COVID testing. Learn more »

COVID-19 Virginia Mason Memorial Press Conference March 21

Hospital Visitor Restrictions

Visitor Restrictions Poster

Latest News

Physician Recruitment: Our Physician and Provider recruiting efforts have been modified in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, we are scheduling phone calls with interested candidates, but site visits are not allowed. Also, we will not be extending contracts during the acute phase of the COVID-19 response. Please know how much we appreciate your interest in us and how much we hope to have the opportunity to consider you further for a role with VMM.

Please contact us at physicianrecruitment@yvmh.org to schedule a phone call with one of our recruiters.

Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19

For prayers and spiritual care requests please email CurtisMcFarland@yvmh.org

Tele-Chaplaincy

There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal or hospital room phone to connect confidentially with a hospital chaplain. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, if you are part of a faith community the chaplain can help you connect with them, and, if desired, the chaplain can provide prayer.

Virtual Chaplaincy

There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal or hospital room phone to connect confidentially with a hospital chaplain. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, if you are part of a faith community the chaplain can help you connect with them, and, if desired, the chaplain can provide prayer.

Elective surgeries: Based on directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Virginia Mason Memorial is postponing elective surgeries and procedures.

Visitors to the Family Birthplace: In another protective measure, the hospital is also further limiting visitors to the Family Birth Place. Women in labor may have two visitors until the baby arrives. After the birth there may be only one visitor.

Hospital Lab Services: All out-patient lab services - including newborn screens and bilirubin collections - will now be provided at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday.

Hospital pharmacy: Beginning Thursday, March 19, the hospital pharmacy is closed to the public for the duration of the pandemic. The public may choose to have those prescriptions transferred to VMM's Pharmacy at Creekside or the pharmacy of their choice. The Pharmacy at Creekside, 4003 Creekside Loop, is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers walk-in or drive-through options for pickup.

Farmacia del Hospital: A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, la farmacia del hospital estará cerrada al público mientras dure la pandemia. El público puede escoger si quiere que sus recetas sean transferidas a la otra farmacia de Virginia Mason Memorial, localizada en la clínica Cornerstone o también puede elegir cualquier otra farmacia de su preferencia. La clínica de Cornerstone, está localizada en el 4003 Creekside Loop. En esta farmacia se puede recoger la medicina por la ventana y/o adentro de la clínica.

Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. y sábado y domingo de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:30 pm