Dr. Ian Armstrong, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 63

Dr. Armstrong
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Southern California Spine Inst

3831 Hughes Ave Ste 105 Culver City, CA 90232

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Dr. Ian Armstrong, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Culver City, CA. He is affiliated with medical facilities Los Robles Regional Medical Center and West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Armstrong to book an appointment.

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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Armstrong

4.2

Based on 39 ratings

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Armstrong will treat you like your stupid Office staff the worse ever. Go see a Dr. who will treat you with respect.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Sep 07, 2021
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Dr. Armstrong did my spinal surgery to clean up the severe spinal stenosis which I was suffering severe pain. He was very thorough in explaining specifically how the surgery would be conducted. He explained that the surgery was necessary to relieve the stenosis in my spine. The decision for surgery was completely my decision. he has excellent bedside manner.
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  • Office environment
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  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
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Don – Aug 23, 2021
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I was referred to Dr. Armstrong by my physical therapist. My doctor had ordered an MRI which revealed a major ruptured disc and a severe crushed nerve root. My initial contact with Dr. Armstrong’s office was positive when a real person answered the phone and booked an appointment that same week. After reviewing my MRI and related report, Dr. Armstrong took considerable time explaining what was going on and what procedures he recommended. He is skilled, professional yet comfortable, and explains the treatment in basic layperson terms so you have a clear understanding. Dr. Armstrong is friendly, compassionate, kind, and puts you at ease, and he treats you like family. Dr. Armstrong explained how this crushed nerve root could impact my life if I didn’t have this surgery immediately. He literally saved my life. Each day is an improvement and I feel so much better with significantly less pain. If I ever need his services again, Dr. Armstrong will be the only neurosurgeon that I turn to.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Denise & Larry Pennell – Aug 05, 2020
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rmstrong literally gave me my life back! My back problems were something that I dealt with every day and I didn't have the courage to seek help. Then in the Fall of last year I hit rock bottom. After a phone consultation and then an in-person appointment he was able to diagnose where my pain was coming from and a surgical course of action to correct it. Now, ten months later, I feel like I am fully recovered. Thank you Dr. Armstrong!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Louis K. in Gardena, CA – Oct 24, 2018
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I had radiating pain in my lower back that I lived with for almost 5 years. After being rear-ended in my car on the way home from work the pain was daily and my lifestyle changed. I talked with a friend that had consulted with Dr Armstrong and he had nothing but good things to say. When I met with Dr. Armstrong he explained what was causing my pain and scheduled a discogram and cat-scan and told me exactly what was causing the pain. It was a relief to finally know the extent of my injury. I d
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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No results
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Allan S. in West Hollywood, CA – Oct 15, 2018
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Thank you, Dr. Armstrong, for basically saving my life. I had pain in my low back for a while that I has come to live with knowing it would not go away. After being hit by a car while riding my bike the pain I was experiencing in daily life was almost too much to handle. I didn't want to get out of bed. I couldn't even sit up. My lifestyle changed, and I began to dislike just waking up in the morning. I did some homework and decided to see Dr. Armstrong to get some semblance of relief. He e
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Charles in Burbank, CA – Sep 28, 2018
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I was in a car accident 2 years back and it has been a nightmare ever since. Dr. Armstrong and his team made coming in for a consult easy and explained each of the form and potential treatment options. They even worked with my insurance company to confirm the coverage was there which was a big relief. Dr. A is amazing and made me feel like I was his only patient.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jose in Manhattan Beach, CA – Sep 21, 2018
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I originally aggravated my lower back playing basketball in college. For years I made excuses, but after I re-aggravated it in bike accident I knew it was time to see a physician. Three months later, I met Dr. Ian Armstrong and he prepared an accelerated treatment plan to that included surgery and rehabilitation. It was an arduous recovery process but I am not pain-free and have flexibility that I haven't had in 20 years. Thank you Dr. Armstrong and his incredible staff.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Todd S. in Sherman Oaks, CA – Sep 10, 2018
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The staff was really courteous and knowledgeable and they treated me like I was a regular long-time patient of theirs despite it being my first time in the office. I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Armstrong. In addition to be a great doctor, he's a really kind and thoughtful person. He described the treatment plan and what he was going to do including the risks and expectant outcome. Couldn't be happier with my decision.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Jack Miller in Huntington Park, CA – Aug 26, 2018
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My back pain kind of snuck up on me as I got older and before I knew it my life was completely effected by the debilitating pain and discomfort. I suffered in silence rationalizing to myself that it was my bed or sitting too much, but after two plus years of pain I decided to do something about what was clearly an injury. Dr. Armstrong was a tremendous find and I am fortunate to have seen him. 6 months after surgery I'm healthy and active again and it is because of him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Steven B. in Lakewood, CA – Aug 26, 2018
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I was referred to Dr. Armstrong by a trusted friend. And that referral and the care I received from Dr. Armstrong and his staff, particularly Gia, Dr. Armstrong's Surgical Coordinator Nurse, was nothing short of amazing! My surgery was a complete success---I am free of all of my nerve pain ---and I have Dr. Armstrong to thank for helping me get my health back! I highly recommend Dr. Armstrong!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Rick Kahdeman in Simi Valley, CA – May 15, 2018
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Dr. Armstrong and his assistant Gia have provided the best medical care. Gia advocated for me when I needed an urgent MRI and got is scheduled same day with results to Dr. Armstrong immediately after. Dr. Armstrong was able to give me a diagnosis quickly and provide a course of action quickly to alleviate the extreme pain I was in which turned out was a large herniated disc at L3/4 my own HMO Urgent Care didn't diagnose. I'm forever grateful for their excellent care.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mara in Oxnard, CA – Apr 27, 2018
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Dr. Armstrong preformed my spinal surgery on February 2, 2018. That was a happy day ! I felt immediate relief after my surgery. I am in my 8th wk of recovery of C5C6,C6C7 spinal surgery. My neck, arm pain and headaches on my left side are gone. Dr. Armstrong listened to me explain my pain. When I finished he then replied by explaining my MRI and what is causing the pain and his recommendation of surgery. I was 100% all in... I am grateful and thankful that we have this amazing Dr. in CA.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Stacy Harrison in Bakersfield – Apr 04, 2018
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I'm a 55 year old female, I have worked all my adult life. In Oct. 2015 I was placed on disability due to neck pain, I had never encountered this before, I had neck pain pretty much forever but it would come and go, however this neck pain was not going away, it was getting worse. I was referred to Dr. Armstrong by my Chiropractor and I am so happy I was. We had to go through many doors (insurance), but I finally had a 3-fusion and am on the road to recovery.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
12 people found this helpful
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Vicki in Bakersfield, CA – Mar 15, 2016
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Care Philosophy

 Dr Armstrong offers premier comprehensive spinal care and minimally invasive spinal surgery. This organization has offices throughout southern California....Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Education

Baylor College Of Med
Residency Hospital
1986
Ben Taub General Hospital
Internship Hospital

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What are Dr. Ian Armstrong, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Armstrong frequently treats Osteoarthritis of Spine, Low Back Pain, and Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Armstrong treats.

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Dr. Armstrong's office is located at 3831 Hughes Ave Ste 105, Culver City, CA 90232. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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No malpractice claims found for California
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Dr. Armstrong's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Osteoarthritis of Spine
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Armstrong treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Armstrong treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Low Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Armstrong treats Low Back Pain more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Armstrong treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Armstrong treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Armstrong treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Dr. Armstrong's conditions and procedures:

  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Dysplasia
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Cervical Sprain
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Complex Spine Disorders
  • Compressed Spinal Cord
  • Concussion
  • Congenital Spine Disorders
  • Craniospinal Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Diseases Affecting Musculoskeletal System
  • Degenerative Disorders
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Disc Replacement
  • Discogenic Pain
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphosis
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neuroplasty
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord and Brain Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type I, With Congenital Bone Fractures
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis Cervical Without Myelopathy
  • Thoracic Disc Disorders
  • Thoracic Disorders
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain

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Locations

Southern California Spine Inst

Culver City office3831 Hughes Ave Ste 105 Culver City, CA 90232
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