Dr. John Hammerstein, MD


Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery | Male

Northern Rockies Orthopaedics 2831 Fort Missoula Rd Ste 232 Missoula, MT 59804 Get Directions
Dr. John Hammerstein, MD
John P. Hammerstein, M.D. earned his medical degree from The Indiana University School of Medicine. He went on to finish a five year orthopaedic residency at Michigan State University. Following the residency program, Dr. Hammerstein traveled to Scottsdale Arizona where he spent a one-year fellowship with renowned spine surgeon Dr. Edward Dohring at The Spine Institute of Arizona. The focus of the fellowship was on reconstruction of degenerative conditions of the neck and back (i.e. sciatica, scoliosis, and herniated discs), the handling of occupational injuries related to the spine, and learning how to establish a multi-disciplinary center for the treatment of spine disorders. Dr. Hammerstein is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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Patient Comments (18)
in Missoula, MT |
Dr. Hammerstein and Nicole have been great and very patient through the whole process. I have been seeing they for years due to a back injury. They were always available for questions and issues that arose before and during surgery. The surgery went smooth and no unexpected issues or concerns. They have always had a smile and answered every questions truthfully and friendly. It is worth the extra waiting times to meet and work with these outstanding folks!
in Missoula, MT |
Dr. Hammerstein and Nicole are very considerate about my medical needs, and especially nurse Brandi. The surgery preformed on c6/7 is a success. I have far less pain than before. We are still working on arthritis and nerve problems. I am confident these will be solved. Thank you Dr. Hammerstein and all of your staff for taking such good care me. You are awesome.
Bonner, Mt. |
Dr.Hammerstein and his team are the best! The problem with my back was thoroughly checked out with all the necessary tests and review of my history. Everything was explained and I knew what to expect. Surgery was the only option to relieve the pain. I am thankful for his knowledge and kindness.
in Deer Lodge, MT |
I suffered on and off for 9 years with back problems. Finally it came to a head, I practically lived in my chair all summer and into the late fall with back problems. A close friend recommended Dr. Hammerstein. He took the time to listen to me about my symptoms and looked closely at my MRI and found the problem. It is 10 weeks post surgery, I walk at least one hour per day and I am on the road to recovery! I have my life back!!! Dr. Hammerstein and staff are wonderful!
in Missoula, MT |
I highly recommend Dr. Hammerstein, specializing in neck and spine surgery. When steroid shots were no longer effective for my stenosis, surgery was next. Dr. Hammerstein was personable, obviously very knowledgeable and experienced, and instilled trust immediately with his conservative approach. My 3 level laminectomy immediately relieved the pain and recovery has been continuous and positive. He was available by phone, though at a conference, the one time I had a concern I'd hurt myself.
Missoula, MT |
Dr. Hammerstein is a marvelous surgeon who gives empathy and also hope to me as a spinal/surgical patient. I believe he is very top notch in orthopedic spine surgery and that western Montana is very fortunate to have him. He is personable and caring as well as skilled. He and nurse staff are excellent in the post-operative period. For future reference, I believe that more information could have been provided to me before surgery to help me anticipate recovery pitfalls and self-care needs.
in Anaconda, Mt. |
Did a multi-level fusion, C3-4-5, he did an excellent job, great nurse and nurse practitioner , I would recommend him to anybody with back pain
in Missoula, MT |
Very laid back, but explained options with realistic expectations and outcomes. He believed he could reduce my pain level from 8-9 to a 2-3. He did as promised. He has an excellent support staff, especially Brandy who makes you feel like family.
in Missoula, MT |
Dr Hammerstein was courteous, helpful in explaining diagnosis and options for treatment with discussion of potential risks and likely outcomes. Follow up treatment was excellent. The best part of the experience is that the procedure seems to have been entirely successful. Also, the staff at Northern Rockies Orthopaedics was excellent. I particularly appreciated their clarity regarding potential costs and billings. We didn't have unexpected bills.
in Anaconda, MT 59711 |
I did not want another surgery on my back (had 5 already). But after the x-rays and MRI was done Dr. said that he could help me, but it would take another surgery. He said that if I didn't have the surgery I would have increased pain and maybe loose of some nerve lose and thus not being to to walk right. Dr. wa as very concerned and professional. He did the surgery and I do not have pain in my leg and some of the feelings are coming back!! Its been 6 months since my surgery! Thank You Dr!!
in Missoula, MT |
I had disk replacement one year ago. I did not have many options here in missoula. Dr Hammerstein came highly recommended from my GP. I had very little pain after surgery and the scar on my neck looks like a wrinkle. Would send anyone with neck issues to him.
in Missoula, MT |
Very caring and compassionate about the outcome of your surgery. Before surgery he took the extra steps in testing to make sure we were targeting the correct problem. I wish more Drs. Had the bedside manners Dr.Hammerstein has.
in Hamilton, MT |
I have been to see Dr. Hammerstein seven times including my surgery. He has always been very professional and personable. I never felt rushed during an appointment and he took the time to explain everything thoroughly.
in Florence, MT |
An outstanding physician & extremely skilled surgeon. Considering the diagnosis from every angle to ensure optimum results, he was especially thorough in every detail of my 2 surgeries and follow up. Seeking to live an active & normal life again is why I sought his help, so I appreciate his policy of treating with limited use of drugs. With his skill & care, I am healing pain free and returning to full function without any drugs. In my experience, he & his entire staff are exceptional!
in CORVALLIS, MT 59808 |
in Missoula, MT |
His diagnostic procedures are thorough. After going to Dr. Hammerstein, I went down to the Bay Area for a couple of second opinions from a neuro-surgeon in San Francisco and the chief of spinal surgery at Stanford. In the end, Dr. Hammerstein was the most thorough in taking the time to correctly diagnose the problem. He is willing to take the time to not over diagnose. Wait time in his office is often long because he does take so much time with the patient. Time well spent.
in Msla |
He has been wonderful
Missoula, Montana |
Single level lumbar Tlif after six months of conservative treatment.
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John P. Hammerstein, M.D. earned his medical degree from The Indiana University School of Medicine. He went on to finish a five year orthopaedic residency at Michigan State University. Following the residency program, Dr. Hammerstein traveled to Scottsdale Arizona where he spent a one-year fellowship with renowned spine surgeon Dr. Edward Dohring at The Spine Institute of Arizona. The focus of the fellowship was on reconstruction of degenerative conditions of the neck and back (i.e. sciatica, scoliosis, and herniated discs), the handling of occupational injuries related to the spine, and learning how to establish a multi-disciplinary center for the treatment of spine disorders. Dr. Hammerstein is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Hammerstein's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Montana not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • 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
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • 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 Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spina Bifida - Hypospadias
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fracture              
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Rigidity
  • Spinal Shock
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • Wrist Fracture


  • Medical School
    Indiana University / School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 2002

  • Residency Hospital
    Michigan State University
  • Fellowship Hospital
    Scottsdale Shea Hospital
    Spine Institute Of Arizona

Languages Spoken

  • English

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

Procedures Performed

  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • 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
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection