Dr. John Finkenberg, MD

Orthopedic Spine SurgeryMaleAge 66

Dr. Finkenberg
Accepting new patients

Orthopedic Specialists of San Diego

5555 Reservoir Dr Ste 104 San Diego, CA 92120

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(619) 286-9480

Dr. John Finkenberg, MD is a Orthopedic Spine Surgery Specialist in San Diego, CA. He is affiliated with medical facilities Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Finkenberg to book an appointment.

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Dr. Finkenberg's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Still's Disease
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger

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Dr. Finkenberg accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Basic HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Vitalidad Plus California Con Aetna
Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union WC
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Priority Select-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Priority Select-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Priority Select-CA HMO
Select (PERS Select Providers)-CA PPO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select PPO (Select Network)-CA PPO
Select-CA HMO
Select-CA PPO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Priority Select-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Access
Blue Access PPO
Blue Advantage PPO
Blue Card
Blue Card PPO
Blue Choice PPO
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Plan 65 Medicare Supplement PPO
Blue Preferred PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Priority Select HMO
Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Basic PPO
Enhanced Exclusive for Small Business HMO
Local Access Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
GEHA
Health Net
Medicare Advantage PFFS
Humana
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
National Elevator
Thrivent Financial
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare

Dr. Finkenberg's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Finkenberg

2.9

Based on 16 ratings

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I had the misfortunate of meeting with Dr. Finkenberg today. This guy displays a total inability to even pretend to show concern about patient's well being. If he can't even pretend to show concern or true interest in a patient's condition, then the alternative is that he simply doesn't care. He provided no information as to what might be causing the pain, provided no assurances whatsoever that experiencing numbness and debilitating pain in my neck, elbow and hand for the past 6 weeks is no cause for alarm, didn't offer any injections or prescriptions. Didn't ask if the pain was getting worse or better, or what other treatments I'd been through. He spent a total of about 5 minutes with me, during which all I got was a referral to a physical therapist, and a $200 bill. I didn't even get a "good luck" or "heal well." I left the office feeling like I was little more than an inconvenient detour on his way to more important things. Dr. Finkenberg if you're reading this I implore you to cons
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  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Richard Gilmour – Jan 15, 2021
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I recently had neck surgery a week ago from a fall a few years ago with Dr. Finkenburg. He is a very good surgeon and has much experience with spinal surgery and is highly regarded by his peers and those who work with him at the hospital. I researched him very extensively before choosing to have the surgery. He was very good to speak with and first suggested other means to relieve my pain which I liked a more conservative approach. After exhausting all options and reviewing current xrays and mri he said surgery was necessary. He explained what needed to be done and answered all questions and put me at ease the appt before my surgery. He’s truly an asset to his field and I highly recommend him for spinal surgery. I’m recovering now and can tell the surgery has helped already. I also want to say his office staff Stephanie, Deja, Lisa and the insurance individual at their office (sorry can’t remember her name) were very nice and have always been very helpful. Thank you all.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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Tracey D. – Oct 24, 2020
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Have had back pain and Dr. Finkenberg is the absolute best there is! He did my back surgery (which went very well and relieved all pain) and has always been available to answer questions and concerns. I love that he showed me my xrays, went over MRI in detail and draws pictures to make it more understandable. Great Doctor!
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Jun 02, 2020
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I was referred to Dr Finkenberg to do my neck surgery. He explained all the options and every single detail to me before even suggesting surgery. When he did my neck surgery, he did an excellent job, I don't have any issues. You can't even see my scar. My range of motion is almost back to when I had no issues. His staff and his bedside manner is unsurpassed. I highly recommend him.
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Christine Truman – Nov 19, 2019
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I'm in constant pain for 6 months and have muscle spasms all over my leg. I can't stand in the shower or sit in the car from my back pain. And after spending $800 on this man, he tells me I'm perfect and there's nothing wrong with me. And doesn't help me or believe me at all. Worst doctor I've ever seen.
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Jan 25, 2019
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Dr. Finkenberg performed my back surgery in 2006, I had a total collapse of my L4 and L 5 Discs. I had been in horrible pain for several years. Once I had the surgery and recovered I have not had to take anything for pain. He did a great job. He is a great doctor!
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Janice in San Diego, CA – Jul 12, 2017
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I am disabled due to a workplace injury. This doctor did not give viable information about my medical conditions and never was honest or trustworthy. It's sad that doctors like this exist, being are biased and are not there to help their patients
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San Diego, CA – Feb 05, 2017
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I was sent to Dr. Finkenberg by workman's comp. I had been sent to two other ortho surgeons prior to being sent to him (the first wasn't giving me an accurate diagnosis and the second gave me the diagnosis but didn't want to take my case). I work in the medical field so I have medical knowledge which helped me know what was going on with me. He's not the best at communicating but after my lumbar surgery I feel like me again.
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El Cajon – Jul 26, 2016
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Absolute expert in cervical surgery. Direct communicator, on the conservative side when discussing options (right where you want your surgeon). My ACDF procedure went perfectly, was out of the hospital the next day. Virtually no residual pain from the surgery. Would be interested to know more about other low-score reviews as they are certainly not reflective of my experience.
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Randy in El Cajon, CA – Apr 14, 2016
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About Me

Biography

"Life is an extraordinary gift and physicians have an opportunity to improve everyone's quality of life."

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1992
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
1991
Harbor / UCLA
Residency Hospital
1985
Los Angeles County Harbor - UCLA Medical Center
Internship Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Memberships & Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

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What are Dr. John Finkenberg, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Finkenberg frequently treats Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated Disc, and Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Finkenberg treats.

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Dr. Finkenberg's office is located at 5555 Reservoir Dr Ste 104, San Diego, CA 92120. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Orthopedic Specialists of San Diego

Orthopedic Specialists of San Diego5555 Reservoir Dr Ste 104 San Diego, CA 92120
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    • Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Helix Orthopedics & Sports Medicine / Helix Open MRI8860 Center Dr Ste 350 La Mesa, CA 91942
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    • Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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    • Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Finkenberg is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Alvarado Hospital Medical Center

San Diego, CA

66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

5 Awards Received

Sharp Grossmont Hospital

La Mesa, CA

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average