Dr. Jocelyn Idema, DO

Dr. Jocelyn Idema, DO

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Female  |  
Age 39
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Jocelyn R. Idema, DO is a fellowship-trained, board-certified, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon in the greater South Hills of South of Pittsburgh and Washington, Pennsylvania. She brings an expert dimension to the growing demand for minimally invasive spine surgery and motion preservation techniques while maintaining the highest quality and standards of care related to both surgical and non-surgical spine interventions. Dr. Idema believes in a team approach coupled with consistent, individualized care for her patients. She encourages her patients to be well informed by actively engaging with her patients to formulate a plan together through evidence-based medicine, cutting edge, motion preservation, and minimally invasive techniques. She has been highlighted in national magazines, television, radio, and internet websites regarding spine care and is also a highly sought-after contributor and lecturer on spine care. Youtube - "World Class Spine Surgery"

363 Vanadium Rd Ste 103

Pittsburgh, PA 15243

Contact Information

(724) 225-8657

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Amerihealth
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • 11 More

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Low Back Pain
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more than 96% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 96% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
more than 96% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Idema ""I believe in a team-approach with all options presented and we find the best treatment plan together for the best possible outcomes.""


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures


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  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuroplasty
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Gettysburg College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1999
  • Johns Hopkins University School Of Nursing
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2000
  • Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • Oklahoma State University
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Oklahoma State Univ Center For Health Sciences College Of Osteopathic Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2007
  • Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2010
  • Spine Institute Of Arizona
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2011

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Idema's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Idema to family and friends
based on 34 total reviews (7 with comments)
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Dr. Idema's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
in Pittsburgh, PA |
3 years ago I suffered a back injury while playing soccer. My mri showed an annular tear and disc herniation at l5 s1. I also have mild spinal stenosis and degenerative disease at l4 l5. I went and saw a couple of spine doctors and couldn't get a straight answer in the 5 minutes I had with them. That all changed when I met Dr. Idema who took the time to review everything and EXPLAIN what was going on. I trust her and will ONLY let her touch my back.
in Middletown, MD |
She was terrible!!! As a supposed spine specialist, she failed to diagnose the cause of my wife's spinal compression fractures after treating her for almost 3 months. Ultimately she released her as a patient and told her to "go see an internist" because she did not know the cause of her pain. When we saw a hematologist, we learned that she had a blood cancer which often presents with spinal compression fractures that a good spine specialist should have been aware of. Do not see her!!!
in Canonsburg, PA |
Recent relocation from Frederick, Maryland to Western Pennsylvania and she continues to provide excellent care. She truly cares about her patients and has the best bedside manner. Her nursing experience before she became a doctor really helps to ease my anxiety. Highly recommend!
in Silver Spring, MD |
Dr Idema treated my husband like family. When he had surgery she came out to talk to me, put her feet up and talked like we had been old friends. She is caring, friendly and respectful. She doesn't make you feel uncomfortable about being at the Dr's. Could go on for days about what a good Dr she is but most of all I think she is a wonderful person with a great personality. If we had met her before I am sure we would of been good friends first. Super great Dr.
in Thurmont, MD |
Back surgery one day and home the next! Two weeks later I'm walking, driving. and not confined to the brace. Dr. Idema, the MMI PAs, and staff continue to be excellent providers. After years of gradually increasing lower back pain, I am wonderfully surprised and appreciative of the immediate relief after fusing two discs and some other work.
in Newtown Square, PA |
Unfortunately, my experience with MMI and Dr Idema was very poor. I was prescribed a $1200 back brace that costs between $220-350. I was actually told the brace was $2,000 but I would only have to pay $180 (15% deductible), but that math didn't work. When I asked for a prescription so I could purchase the brace myself, I was told that I was rude and would not be treated.
in Hagerstown, Md |
Dr. Idema performed back surgery on me and everything went exceptionally well! I am no longer in pain or in need of backshots or meds.
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Dr. Idema accepts 20 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Amerihealth
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
    Cigna Network
    Cigna PPO
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
    Worker's Compensation / Focus Network PPO
    Worker's Compensation / Focus Network WC
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Classic Blue
    Community Blue PPO
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • UPMC
  • UPMC Health Plan

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