Innovative Spine Care

Minimally Invasive Spine Specialist located in Tampa, FL

Stephen D. Watson, MD, PhD, is a minimally invasive spine specialist at Innovative Spine Care in Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Watson was born in Covington, Kentucky. His father was a pharmacist, and the family spent several years in the late 1950s in the Belgian Congo as missionaries for the Methodist Church. His father’s second cousin was a single missionary in Northern Rhodesia and died there in the late 1930s. The family later spent four years in Southern Rhodesia as missionaries during the early 1960s. After returning to the United States, Dr. Watson finished his high school education and attended the University of Cincinnati.

He’s spent 28 years practicing interventional pain management and over 15 years utilizing lasers to treat axial spine pain, headaches, and extremity problems. Dr. Watson asks patients about their family history, examines them to see if herniations are present in the area of pain, and recommends techniques to treat the problem. He also strives to educate patients by explaining all their alternatives for conditions such as back pain and neck pain, including pills, physical therapy, injections, and surgery. 

Dr. Watson’s work bridges the gap between failed injections and standard treatments to more invasive procedures. The procedures he performs aren’t widely used, and Dr. Watson was the first student of the doctor who invented the procedure. There’s no formal reference or organization that promotes his work. In addition, he’s the only physician who uses laser treatment for disc herniation within the disc.

Patients say Dr. Watson is very kind and knowledgeable in his field and knows how to make patients comfortable. To schedule an appointment at ​​Innovative Spine Care, call the office or book online today.

Our Mission

The focus of my practice is to treat patients who have acute to chronic pain in their spine whether neck, mid-back or low back. The pain usually is caused by one or more disc herniations. The procedures that I utilize are typically very successful in relieving pain in the spine, the extremities, headaches as well as extremity tingling and numbness. In addition, as a Christian my desire is to be a blessing to each of my patients.


Back Pain in the Older Adult

It is not uncommon for adults to experience back pain more frequently once they reach age 60. Because this is the case, there is somewhat of a normalcy to this problem.

Those Headaches May Not Be What They Seem

Headache pain is one of the most common complaints among American adults, next to low back pain. In the vast majority of cases, the affected person does what they can to manage symptoms without medical assistance.

Is it My Back or My Hip? Both Hurt!

The hip joints are in use pretty much anytime we move. So are the joints of the spine. Both areas carry a significant physical load, and they sit in close proximity to each other.


Words from our patients

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    "Dr. Stephens is a awesome doctor.Wonderful doctor and very professional, thorough."

    Robin R.
  • Google

    "The surgery was quick didn't feel nothing and two weeks later i feel better then i did before,and the pain went away that he targeted."

    Randall H.
  • Google

    "So far he seems like a very nice man and am eager to come back and see him again for surgery possibly."

    Kira B.
  • Google

    "When Dr. Watson first examined me, I was most impressed with how he was able to explain the nature of my injury in a way easy for me to understand."

    John P.
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    "Dr. Watson is in incredible surgeon. He is very calm, confident and knowledgeable. I am so blessed to have him do my surgery. the relief of pain I feel is amazing ! "

    Randall C.


Innovative Spine Care
8333 Gunn Hwy
Tampa, FL 33626
Phone: 813-343-0356

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