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Fred Newton, MD
Spine Specialist and Physiatrist


Nonsurgical treatment for spine pain and other pain conditions
Interventional spine procedures
Spine and musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment
Electrodiagnostic testing

Fred Newton, MD, is a board-certified physiatrist, with a subspecialty certification in pain medicine, who joined Piedmont Orthopedics in 2008.

As a physiatrist, Dr. Newton helps patients with physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Newton primarily sees patients who are suffering from spine pain, muscle, bone or joint pain or other painful conditions. He conducts a thorough pain history and physical exam, sometimes combined with electrodiagnostic tests, to assess and accurately diagnose the pain source, which leads to the best treatment plan. The treatment plan typically includes advanced nonsurgical techniques to reduce pain, with a focus on getting people back to work and play.

Procedures Dr. Newton performs include spinal injections, in-office radiofrequency ablation for arthritic neck, thoracic pain or low-back pain, and implantation of spinal cord stimulator trials for persistent pain.

Focus on Patients

Dr. Newton particularly enjoys helping patients who are in severe, debilitating pain reduce their discomfort and begin to enjoy life again.

“I enjoy working as a team with these patients, helping them as they go through treatment, and seeing them arrive at a point where they can say, ‘I may not be 100 percent, but I am much better than I was, and I am back to doing the things in life that I enjoy.’ "

Background and Interests

A native of Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Newton earned his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He and his wife, Martha, have two daughters, Meredith and Grace.

When not working, he enjoys spending time with his children, keeping up with University of Tennessee football, and exploring the latest computers and gadgets. A competitive powerlifter in his youth, Dr. Newton lifts weights and works out at the gym for exercise.


Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Graduate: Georgia Institute of Technology
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Internship: University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Fellowship: Pain Management, Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, York, PA

Board Certification

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Subspecialty certification, American Board of Anesthesiology: Pain Medicine

Professional Organizations

Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The International Spine Intervention Society
North American Spine Society (NASS)
American College of Physicians
The Pain Society Of The Carolinas

Community Involvement
Dr. Newton volunteers in the community, along with other doctors in the practice, as team orthopedic physician for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Spartans.

He also assists his wife, Martha, in her volunteer duties as a member of the executive committee of the Junior League of Greensboro.


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