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Neurology & Neurosurgery

NeuorSpine: 417.347.7200
Neurology: 417.347.7300

Top-of-the-Line, Comprehensive Care

Freeman NeuroSpine provides surgical and nonsurgical treatments for conditions ranging from back pain, work-related injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome to stroke and complex spinal diseases. Our expert, multidisciplinary team includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, rehabilitation specialists, surgical assistants, physical therapists, massage therapists and athletic trainers.


  • Medicine for the management of spinal problems
  • Diagnostic studies using the latest radiology technology
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain management
  • Innovative surgical intervention
  • O-arm2® Imaging System 
  • Rehabilitation unit


Freeman NeuroSpine diagnoses and treats

  • Acute and chronic back pain
  • Ambulatory difficulties/ataxia
  • Brain or spinal tumors
  • Brain disorders and injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cervical herniated disk
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Degenerative back conditions
  • Degenerative neck conditions
  • Dementia/memory loss
  • Dizziness/vertigo
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Lumbar herniated disk
  • Muscle weakness
  • Neuropathy
  • Radiculopathy
  • Seizures
  • Sleep apnea
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Spinal deformity, stenosis or tumors
  • Spinal fractures due to osteoporosis
  • Spinal fractures due to trauma
  • Strokes
  • Work-related injuries


Diagnostics and Non-Surgical Treatment

Most patients with back pain and spinal problems do not require surgery.

Freeman NeuroSpine’s neurologists and physiatrist are equipped to diagnose and provide care for these disorders with a wide variety of conservative treatments. Typical treatments include active and passive physical therapy, prescription medications, and interventional medicine such as joint and epidural steroids.

Freeman NeuroSpine also uses treatments like vagusnerve-stimulator implantation and botox injections. The vagus nerve stimulator, often described as a pacemaker for the brain, prevents seizures by sending small electrical impulses to the brain. Botox injections help reduce muscle spasms and are effective in other neuromuscular disorders.

Surgical Treatment

Surgery is necessary in a relatively small percentage of cases, but it may be recommended if back or neck pain is accompanied by nerve damage. If surgery is required, the team at Freeman NeuroSpine has the expertise and the technology to perform the necessary procedure.

Our dedicated surgical team utilizes the newest techniques including vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, intraoperative evoked potential monitoring, computer-assisted spinal navigation, and minimally invasive spinal surgery.

Whether the surgical procedure involves laminectomy and laminotomy, fusion of vertebrae, intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET), or artificial lumbar disk replacement, Freeman NeduroSpine strives for the ultimate positive outcome in every case.

O-arm2 Imaging System

Freeman recently upgraded to the revolutionary O-arm2® Imaging System, and acquired a second O-arm2® Imaging System – one of the most advanced imaging devices available – for use in spinal, orthopaedic, and trauma surgeries. 

During spinal surgery, precision means everything. O-arm technology provides surgeons with clear, real-time, 3-D images of the back, neck and spine bones. Images are displayed on a large, digital flat screen, allowing the surgeon to see precisely where to place surgical instruments and implants while maneuvering around delicate spinal nerves and organs. This helps preserve healthy tissue and shorten the length of surgery. As a result, patients typically experience less invasive surgeries, faster recovery times and improved outcomes.

A fully portable device, O-arm enables the surgeon to check implant placement before leaving the operating room, minimizing the need for follow-up adjustment procedures. Its use may also reduce the need for additional imaging before, during and after surgery.

The O-arm delivers a 360-degree scan and 3-D images with exceptional resolution in about 30 seconds.

O-arm imaging system


Women with headache

There are 39 million people in the United States who suffer from migraines.  Women (18%) and children (10%) are more likely than men (6%) to experience them.  Migraines are far more severe than an ordinary tension headache.  Many things can trigger a migraine, including food. Click here to learn more about migraine treatment at Freeman.

Spinal Care Services

Just for you – a specialized non-surgical spine treatment service is available for all patients in our Joplin office!  Why wait weeks to see a specialist?  This first and only comprehensive service of its kind offers patients:

  • Pain management options
  • Physical therapy
  • X-ray/CT/MRI imaging
  • Surgical assessment and referral for fast-tracking
  • Counseling
  • Rapid access appointments

Click here to learn more about Freeman's spinal care services.

NeuroSpine: 417.347.7200 Neurology: 417.347.7300

Neurology and Neurosurgery

Joplin, MO

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Freeman Neurologists

Laurie Behm, MD
Laurie Behm, MD


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Brian Curtis, MD
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Margaret Ellen Nichols, MD
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Joshua C. Sweaney, DO
Joshua C. Sweaney, DO


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Cherylon A. Yarosh, MD
Cherylon A. Yarosh, MD


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Gulshan Uppal, MD, FAAN
Gulshan Uppal, MD, FAAN


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Anna M. Wojcicka-Mitchell, MD, FAAN
Anna M. Wojcicka-Mitchell, MD, FAAN


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