Spine Medicine Overview

Local, specialized care for spine-related health

Welcome to Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Spine Medicine. We are pleased to provide expert diagnosis and treatment of disorders causing neck, upper back and low back pain, including special expertise in diagnosis and treatment of sacroiliac problems (where the spine meets the pelvis).

Experience you can trust

With advanced fellowship training in both Orthopedics and Interventional Spine Medicine, Richard Norris, MD, has 30 years of successful experience establishing accurate diagnoses and prescribing comprehensive treatment plans. Our office is equipped with a state-of-the-art fluoroscopy suite for interventional and diagnostic procedures. Though our approach is nonsurgical, we have close ties with both local and Boston-based spine surgeons, should a condition warrant surgical referral.

Our Care Philosophy

We believe that you, the patient, are the most important member of the care team. Our focus on patient education is exceptional and we often hear patients exclaim: “no one ever explained that to me so clearly before!” The more you know about your condition, diagnosis and treatment plan, the more effective your outcome will be.

What we ensure for every patient:

  • Detailed written physical therapy prescriptions, emphasizing contraindications
  • All physical therapy prescriptions thoroughly reviewed with you by Dr. Norris
  • Detailed recommendations regarding modification of work and recreational activities
  • Instructions for home exercises given at time of office visit
  • MRIs and X-rays reviewed with you

We always keep your primary care provider updated. If you have alternative care providers, we are happy to work with them to enhance and maximize your health. Learn how we can help you resume comfortable, active living. Call 413-584-5384 to make an appointment.

Meet Dr. Norris

Richard N. Norris, MD, is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry). He is a member of the North American Spine Society (NASS) and the Spine Intervention Society (SIS).

Following completion of his residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City in 1984, Dr. Norris served a fellowship in Orthopedics at Boston Children’s Hospital and a second fellowship in Interventional Spine Medicine at the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater in 1997. He has been in practice for 30 years and has performed over 15,000 spinal procedures.

“We believe that the best treatment starts with a clear and accurate diagnosis. The most frequent comment we hear is: ‘I wish I had come here first!'”

–Richard Norris, MD, spine specialist

Richard Norris, MD, spine medicine specialist at Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Spine Medicine, 22 Atwood Drive, Northampton, MA 10160.

Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Spine Medicine

CONTACT Phone: 413-584-5384

Fax: 413-585-0018

Location & Directions 22 Atwood Drive, 3rd floor
Northampton, MA 01060
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We’ve Moved!

Dr. Norris’ office has moved to 22 Atwood Drive, Northampton, MA 01060. To better serve patients, the new location is conveniently located off Route 5 (near the former Clarion Hotel site), with easy access to Interstate 91, Exit 18 north and southbound ramps.

Our office telephone number, fax number and hours of operation will remain the same.