Office Hours and Kuna Clinic

Change in office hours!

Boise Clinic Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm

Fridays 8am-12pm

Our phone number is (208)322-5922 or check out our Locations & Contact Us page.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regret that we are unable to continue seeing patients at our Kuna clinic. We enjoyed being able to serve Kuna and would love to still be of service to the community in the future.

Change in Office Hours

As the construction process progresses, we are excited to announce a change in our office hours!  Starting this week, we will have the following office hours:

Boise Clinic – 9510 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83704

    Thursdays and Fridays – 8am – 5pm

    *Additional appointment times may possibly be available on Wednesdays and also Monday mornings*

Kuna Clinic – 1619 N Linder Rd, Kuna, ID 83634

    Mondays from 1pm-5pm and Tuesdays from 8am – 12pm

The phone number is the same for both offices.  Call us at (208) 322-5922 or check out our Locations and Office Hours Page.

We also want to thank all of our patients for their patience during this renovation.  It is getting closer every day to being done!

Board Certified Physiatrist

We are proud to announce that Dr Whitaker is officially a board certified physiatrist.  He has received official notice that he passed Part II of the American Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Board Exam.  If you see him, tell him congratulations!

Dr Whitaker is an Osteopathic Physician officially certified by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as a Physiatrist.

Dr Whitaker is an Osteopathic Physician officially certified by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as a Physiatrist.

Opening an Outreach Clinic in Kuna, Idaho

We are excited to announce that we are opening an outreach clinic in Kuna, Idaho.

We will be located within Pioneer Sports and Pain Center. We have began seeing patients in Kuna on Thursdays. To schedule in Kuna or Boise call us at (208)322-5922.

From Pioneer Sports & Pain Center’s Facebook Post:

“It has been our goal at Pioneer Sports & Pain Center to provide the most comprehensive and integrated care that we can to our patient’s in Kuna.
We are proud to Welcome Dr. James Whitaker, DO to our practice starting May 21, 2015. Dr. Whitaker is an osteopathic medical physician with specialization in PM&R, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has a wide range of specialization and experience and will be a huge asset to our community and our practice. He is a Kuna native and excited to come back home to practice!

The following are some of the services he will offer in Kuna:
Electro diagnostic studies (NCV,EMG)
Prescription Medications
Steroid/joint injections
Musculoskeletal ultrasound guided injections
Spinal Injections
Nerve blocks
Botox Injections (Chronic Migraines)
Osteopathic manipulative medicine

Please see to learn more about Dr. Whitaker and the services he offers and conditions he may be able to help you with.

You can call 322-5922 to schedule as a new patient with Dr. Whitaker at Idaho Spine & Joint inside Pioneer Sports & Pain Center, 1619 N Linder Rd where you currently see Dr. Burtenshaw. His availability will be limited at first but expand as patient demand requires, so call Dr. Whitaker today!

We are so excited to be able to bring this integrated service line to our practice as it will improve patient outcomes, convenience and reduce overall medical costs for patients. Dr. Burtenshaw and Dr. Whitaker will be able to cover one another’s patients as it relates to Spinal and joint manipulation as they are both highly skilled in manipulative medicine and have a very similar treatment approach and adjusting style.

Now, if a referral is needed patient’s can stay in our facility in Kuna for further medical management and treatment rather than having to go into the Boise valley. Communication between the doctors is also greatly improved when practicing in the same location. What does this mean for you? Convenience! Results! Reduced costs!

Please give Dr. Whitaker a chance to earn your trust and provide you with conservative non-surgical medical care! Call 322-5922 today and tell them you are a patient of Dr. Burtenshaw’s and want to be seen by Dr. Whitaker. Necessary communication will be made to make sure Dr. Whitaker has all the background information he needs to help provide the best care he can for you.

Thanks for all your support and helping to make our dream come true and allowing us the opportunity of serving and caring for your health care needs! Please let your friends and family know that Dr. Whitaker is in town now as the only PM&R Physician in Kuna. WELCOME to Kuna Dr. Whitaker !!”

We are currently scheduling in our Kuna Outreach Clinic – Pioneer Sports & Pain Center Thursday mornings so call today!

Construction Update

Construction Update

Carpet is being installed in phase 1.  We are getting closer to finishing that phase and transitioning to the next.  Good things happening here at Idaho Joint and Spine in Boise, Idaho.  Dr Whitaker and his staff appreciate your patience with us during this process.  We look forward to serving the Treasure Valley full time very soon (there will be a big announcement on Monday!).

We are still scheduling appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Call us any time at (208) 322-5922.

Construction Update 2015 05 14

Construction Update 2015 05 14

Construction Update 2015 05 14

Construction Update 2015 05 14

Featured Physician by Ada County Medical Society

 Featured Physician by Ada County Medical Society

The Ada County Medical Society featured Dr Whitaker on their Facebook page today.  Check it out:

Membership Monday: Welcome new member James Whitaker, D.O. who recently returned home to Idaho and opened Idaho Joint and Spine, an independent Osteopathic Physiatry clinic. He is an alumni of Boise State, attended medical school at A.T. Still University, completed a Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) fellowship during medical school, completed his internship in Massachusetts, and a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Dr Whitaker believes in taking an integrated approach to improving function and quality of life. His clinical interests include headache/migraine medicine, EMG/NCS’s, as well as OMM. He treats a variety of aches and pains and is accepting new patients.

Posted by Ada County Medical Society on Monday, April 27, 2015

Physical Therapy versus Surgery for Back Pain

Can Physical Therapy for Back Pain be as effective as Surgery?

Yes!  Studies show that physical therapy may be as good as surgery for common back problems and pain.


Surgery Versus Nonsurgical Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Randomized Trial1

On April 7, 2015, a seven year study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine compared surgical decompression surgery with physical therapy (PT) for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), a form of back pain.  The study concluded that, “Surgical decompression yielded similar effects to a PT regimen among patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) who were surgical candidates.”1

What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis? “Lumbar spinal stenosis, a compression of open spaces in the lower spinal column, can lead to pinched nerves, tingling, weakness and numbness in the back and the lower extremities.2

The study consisted of 169 patients who chose to participate.  Initially, 87 patients chose surgery and 82 chose to pursue physical therapy.

The group who chose to pursue physical therapy were given rehabilitation twice per week for six weeks.  They were all  allowed to opt out at any point and pursue surgery.  Of the 82 who started with physical therapy, 47 patients (or 57%) opted out after starting physical therapy and pursued surgery.

At two years, the patients did a follow up exam and appointment.  The average outcome was the same for surgery and for physical therapy.  In other words, physical therapy for LSS sufferers was just as efficacious as surgery.

Sometimes surgery is the best option; however, proper conservative treatment can be just as effective.


As an osteopathic physician, Dr James Whitaker believes that the best patient care is a team approach utilizing many different practitioners to best individualize each patient’s health and care. Many times Dr Whitaker is able to help a patient avoid surgery; however, sometimes it is clearly needed and is the best option.  He knows that good rehabilitation can reduce the need for expensive and more invasive surgeries.



1Annals of Internal Medicine Original Research-  Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(7):465-473. doi:10.7326/M14-1420

2Reuters 2015 04 06 Physical therapy may be as good as surgery for common back problem

How to Identify A Migraine

When is a headache not a headache?  When is it a migraine? Know how to identify a migraine and when to seek treatment.

Dr James Whitaker has a clinical interest in treating headaches and migraines and stays up to date with the latest research.  Learn more about that here.

As an osteopathic physician and a physiatrist, Dr Whitaker has a large range of treatment options that he individualizes for each patient.

Call today to see what he can do to help you with your headaches.  (208)322-5922

Migraine or Headache?

American Migraine Foundation