Dr. Rajesh Arakal, MD

Dr. Rajesh Arakal, MD

Orthopedic Surgery | Male | 41 years old

Dr. Arakal is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar pathology. He is...Read more

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I dedicate my practice exclusively to the thorough evaluation and treatment of cervical, thoracic and lumbar pathology. When required, surgical...Read more

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Dr. Arakal is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar pathology. He is fellowship trained in spinal surgery...Read more

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedics
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

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

Procedures Performed

  • 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

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  • 0
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    Sanctions

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    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Medicine and Denistry-New Jersey

    Graduated in 1999

  • Internship Hospital
    University of Medicine And Dentistry of New Jersey

    Completed in 2000

  • Residency Hospital
    University of Medicine And Dentistry of New Jersey

    Completed in 2005

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Baylor Affiliated Hospitals Texas Medical Center

    Completed in 2005

  • Undergraduate School
    College of New Jersey

    Graduated in 1995

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
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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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.

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Dr. Arakal's 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.