Thomas Niemeier, MD

Orthopedic Spine

Medical School
Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC)
University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
Stanford University Spine Surgery (Palo Alto, CA)
Board Certification
Board Eligible, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Professional Affiliations
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
North American Spine Society (NASS)
AO Spine
Orthopedic Spine

Thomas Niemeier, MD

Thomas E Niemeier, MD, is an orthopedic spine surgeon with Optim Orthopedics who provides consultation and treatment for patients with all spinal disorders, including cervical spine and complex spinal deformities.

Some conditions treated by Dr. Niemeier include herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylosis, radiculopathy, scoliosis and spondylolisthesis. His procedures include disc replacement, micro decompression, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, lateral lumbar interbody fusion, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, anterior lumbar interbody fusion, lumber disc microsurgery, and cervical posterior foraminotomy.

Dr. Niemeier earned a bachelor’s degree at Clemson University before attending medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center where he was selected as the Kurt Niemann Most Outstanding Resident.

Following residency training, he went on to complete specialized fellowship training in Spine Surgery at the Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, California. He has published over a dozen peer reviewed journal articles on a wide spectrum of orthopedic topics, is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), North American Spine Society (NASS) and AO Spine, and continues to have an active role in clinical research.

In addition to the latest techniques in spinal reconstruction, Dr. Niemeier is trained in minimally invasive surgery and motion-preserving techniques.


  • Radiating Arm & Leg Pain
  • Disc Herniations (ruptured disc)
  • Sciatica (tingling sensation)
  • Spondylolisthesis (forward slip of vertebra)
  • Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of spinal canal)
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
  • Spinal Tumors

Non-Surgical Procedures

  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injections

Surgical Procedures

  • Lumbar Disc Microsurgery
  • Minimally invasive Lumbar Fusion Surgery
  • Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Fusion Surgery
  • Scoliosis/deformity correction
  • Kyhpoplasty (Ballon Vertebroplasty)
Orthopedic Spine
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If you are experiencing a backache or neck pain, pain that radiates down your arm or leg, numbness, or weakness in your extremities, you may require treatment for a spinal disorder.

Optim Orthopedics is made up of a team of highly skilled and experienced spin physicians who specialize in the full spectrum of operative and non-operative spine treatments. Our experts have been leaders in minimally invasive and outpatient spine procedures for more than 20 years.

Most importantly, Optim Orthopedics spine physicians take the time to listen and understand a patient's lifestyle goal and work in partnership with that patient to achieve the best possible outcome.

Surgical procedures can include tendon repair surgery, joint replacement and reconstruction, fracture repair surgery, nerve repair surgery, replantation of severed finger or hand, and surgical drainage for hand infections.
Spine Fellowship
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ALL Optim Orthopedics Spine Physicians have extend their training after residency by completing a spine fellowship program. These fellowships provide additional, specialized training for orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons that have successfully completed their residency training and earned their board certification or eligibility in their specialty.

Completing a spine fellowship is a marker of a surgeon who has chosen to specialize in spine surgery and is willing to make the extra investment in training to become more skilled.

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