Paley Institute's Benjamin Westerhaus, MD Interventional Spine & Pain Management

Benjamin Westerhaus

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Dr. Westerhaus brings an engineering background and an eye for innovation to every patient he serves. He seeks to provide compassionate care and superior outcomes by working closely with an interdisciplinary team of physical therapists and renowned spine surgeons.

Originally born and raised in Minnesota, Dr. Westerhaus has been slowly running away from cold winters until finally settling in South Florida. He completed his undergraduate education at Saint Louis University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, where he met his bride studying in the same program. They moved to Kansas City, where he worked as an engineer for three years before going to medical school at the University of Kansas. He completed his internship in General Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama, and returned to Kansas City to complete his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He then completed his fellowship in Interventional Spine and Sports with Dr. Giuffrida.

Whether you have neck pain, sciatica, or a vertebral compression fracture, Dr. Westerhaus’s treatment philosophy aims to make your functional goals the primary driver of your treatment plan, exhausting the most conservative options first before moving to the more invasive ones. He draws on a love of research and innovation to guide his care and seeks to empower his patients with knowledge and understanding to ensure their long term success. He is proficient both in common procedures, like epidurals and nerve blocks, in addition to more advanced procedures like radiofrequency ablation, kyphoplasty, mild® procedure, ReActiv8, spinal cord stimulation, and SI joint fusion.

Dr. Westerhaus is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the International and North American Neuromodulation Societies, and the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience.

When he is away from the clinic and procedure suite, Dr. Westerhaus enjoys spending time with his wife and six children in the Floridian weather and exploring the many beaches that surround us.

Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Areas of Interest

Neck (Cervical) Pain
Mid Back (Thoracic) Pain
Low Back (Lumbar) Pain
Tailbone (Coccyx) Pain
Degenerative Disc Disease
Spinal Stenosis
Herniated Disc
Radiculopathy
Spondylosis
Spinal Vertebral Compression Fractures
Si Joint (Sacroiliac Joint) Pain
Shoulder, Hip And Knee Pain
Muscle Weakness And Dysfunction
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Education & Training

Undergraduate
Biomedical Engineering, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Medical School
University of Kansas in Kansas City, KS

Internship
Brookwood Baptist Health in Birmingham, AL
General Surgery

Residency
University of Kansas in Kansas City, KS
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Fellowship
Cantor Spine Center at the Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Interventional Sports and Spine Fellowship

Hospital Affiliations

St. Mary’s Hospital
Holy Cross Hospital
Coral Ridge Outpatient Surgery Center 

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