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World Class Spinal Care
World Class Spinal Care
You don't have to leave the Midwest to find world class spinal care. Rockford Spine Center is the only facility in Northwestern Illinois dedicated exclusively to diagnosing and treating spine issues. Three fellowship trained spine surgeons have teamed up to bring advanced diagnostic capabilities and cutting edge treatments to the region.
Patient Philosophy
Patient Philosophy
Patients are offered a variety of treatments from low-risk conservative options to state of the art surgical treatment. At Rockford Spine Center, you choose your course of treatment, not the doctor.
Specializing in surgical and non-surgical spinal disorders
Specializing in surgical and non-surgical spinal disorders
Our goal is to get patients back to their active lifestyle as quickly as possible. Our team of experts uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat the most complex spinal cases. We have an advanced understanding of the spine and specialize in both surgical and non-surgical spinal disorders.
Comprehensive Care
Comprehensive Care
Our state-of-the-art facility offers a comprehensive care setting where patients can obtain comprehensive testing, MRI, pain management, physical therapy and a thorough consult- all under one roof and often times during a single visit.
Getting Her Life Back
Getting Her Life Back
From wheelchair bound to flying high again. Bonnie shares her story of how spine surgery turned her life around.
Patient Stories Patient Education
RSC Physical Therapy Staff Featured in Latest BFitTeens Video

Rockford Spine Center is a proud sponsor of the BFitTeens blog and website. Founded by a local teen, the website is a resource for teens to find positive and reliable health, fitness and financial advice. You can find it at

RSC physical therapist Kim Alexander and PT Aid Anna Hemlock are featured in the latest video segment sharing some tips on exercises and techniques to enhance your mobility and flexibility.

WREX-TV recently spoke with Dr. Sweet on TFAR procedure.

Rockford Spine Center Surgeon Fred Sweet, M.D., recently spoke with WREX-TV about the TFAR procedure he pioneered to correct severe spinal deformities. Check out the story and learn more about the procedure.

Rockford Spine Center Surgeon Fred Sweet, M.D., Serves as Visiting Professor at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Rockford, Ill. (February 25, 2016) – Spine Surgeon Fred Sweet, M.D., of Rockford Spine Center, recently served as a visiting professor during Grand Rounds at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.


Dr. Sweet delivered a lecture on complex spine surgical reconstruction techniques, spinal deformity, and his new procedure, Transforaminal Anterior Release for the Treatment of Fixed Sagittal Imbalance and Segmental Kyphosis (TFAR). The TFAR surgical technique corrects a severely crooked spine and does so without cutting through bone, leading to less blood loss and shorter surgical times.


He also presented information on infection control in orthopedic and spine surgery, including the latest techniques and prevention measures.  This was followed by a human anatomy (cadaver) workshop and demonstration on spine surgical techniques, including the TFAR technique.


The audience included surgeons, fellows, and resident physicians from the orthopedic and spine departments at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sweet has previously been a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis; Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego; and has been invited to Stanford University, California and Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville.


About Rockford Spine Center


Rockford Spine Center, a facility dedicated exclusively to spinal care, has the combined expertise of three fellowship trained spine surgeons, and a Mayo Clinic-trained physiatrist.


Rockford Spine Center’s team of experts uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat spinal disorders, ranging from simple to the most complex cases. The team has an internationally recognized expertise in surgical and non-surgical spinal disorders. Rockford Spine Center has earned national recognition in Newsweek, named Castle Connolly Top Doctors; is ranked among the Top 50 Spine Surgery Practices to Know in Becker’s Spine Review; and has earned the Patients’ Choice and Compassionate Doctor awards since 2011. For more information about Rockford Spine Center, visit or find us on Facebook at

Rockford Spine Center Surgeons Awarded Vitals Top Ten Doctors