Dr. Rajesh Arakal, MD

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Age 42
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Dr. Rajesh Arakal, MD
Dr. Arakal is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar pathology. He is fellowship trained in spinal surgery from the Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Medical Center in Houston, under Michael Heggeness, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Arakal graduated from a highly competitive accelerated 7- year combined program from The New Jersey Medical School and continued for orthopaedic surgical training at the Level I Trauma Center at the University Hospitals of New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Arakal is significantly involved in the development of the spine trauma protocols, spine service line, and for the direct surgical care of acute spinal cord, spinal injuries, and scoliosis at the Regional Trauma Center at Medical Center of Plano where he continues to serve as the Director of Orthopaedic Spine. He also serves as the Spine Consultant for the Michael Johnson Athletic Performance Center for the treatment of college and professional athletes. Dr. Arakal is also a partner and associate of the Texas Back Institute since 2007.

6020 W Parker Rd Ste 200

Plano, TX 75093

Contact Information

(972) 608-5000

Dr. Rajesh Arakal, MD

Dr. Rajesh Arakal, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
  • 4 More

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Care Philosophy

I dedicate my practice exclusively to the thorough evaluation and treatment of cervical, thoracic and lumbar pathology. When required, surgical treatments are tailored to meet patients needs.
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Dr. Arakal's Experience

Dr. Arakal's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Back Disorders
  • Back Impairment
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Cervical Sprain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Disorders
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lumbar Sprain
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Dysostosis, Anhalt Type
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Rigidity
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy


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  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injection
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Injection
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Degenerative Disc surgery
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • College Of New Jersey
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1995
  • University Of Medicine and Denistry-New Jersey
    Medical School | Graduated 1999
  • University Of Medicine and Dentistry Of New Jersey
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • University Of Medicine and Dentistry Of New Jersey
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Baylor Affiliated Hospitals Texas Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2005

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • D Magazine Best Doctors, 2010, 2011
  • Voted One of America's Most Compassionate Doctor, 2011
  • Outstanding Resident Role Model and Teaching Excellence Award, 2000
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Arakal's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Arakal to family and friends
based on 30 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Arakal's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
Anna |
Dr. Arakal is the best of the best. leading up to my 360 fusion, he offered every alternative to me to avoid surgery. My back was so far gone, I didn't have a choice if I wanted a better way of life. Not one time did Dr. Arakal make me feel rushed or stupid for asking questions. He assured me and calmed me before the surgery. One week ago today I had it and called with concerns and he fit me in his schedule on his request to make sure I was ok,and I am. He is a wonderful doctor!
Graham, TX |
After an injury that caused severe low back pain and visits to other doctors, Dr. Arakal discovered I had multiple areas of severe cord compression in my thoracic spine. Dr. Arakal recommended and performed a multi-level facetectomy and fusion. I am now three weeks post-op and my low back pain is completely gone. While I am still recovering from post operative pain and recovering, I would recommend Dr. Arakal. He is compassionate and highly skilled with a great support team.
Knollwood |
Doctor Arakal did my back surgery and I feel like he's a miracle worker!! I was to the point of couldn't walk sit stand or really function at all. Though I'm young he recommended the survey and with it came great success. I'm fully functional again and very thankful for the services I received from Dr. Arakal and his office.
in Arlington, TX |
Dr. Arakal was truly a God send after having two previous surgeries by another Surgeon. I ended up with Osteomyelitis, in tremendous amount of pain almost two years. After searching for a Surgeon who would operate on my Thorasic, I found Dr. Arakal, there are not enough words in the dictionary to express my gratitude to him for reparing my back and making me whole again. Dr. Arakal also has the best bedside manner of any docotor I hae ever gone to. Thank you! Sonja Vestal
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Dr. Arakal accepts 18 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
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  • American Republic
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
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  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Tricare
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    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
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  • Worker's Compensation
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Hospitals where Dr. Arakal has admitting privileges

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
6200 W Parker Rd
Plano, TX 75093
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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound
4400 Long Prairie Rd
Flower Mound, TX 75028
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Medical City Plano
3901 W 15th St
Plano, TX 75075
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