Spine Specialist Munich – Dr Oliver Oetke

Dr Oliver Oetke
Medical Director
Specialist for Conservative and Surgical Spine Therapy
Munich, Germany


Treatment Focus

  • Herniated disc (cervical & lumbar spine)
  • Vertebral joint arthrosis (facet arthrosis)
  • Spinal stenosis (spinal canal stenosis)
  • Spondylolisthesis (spondylolisthesis)
  • Vertebral body fractures
  • General orthopedics (shoulder pain, knee pain, hip pain)

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • 4D spine measurement
  • Ultrasound (sonography)
  • X-ray
  • MRI and CT (external)

Range of Therapeutic Services

Conservative Spine Therapy

  • Special spine therapy (targeted injections)
  • Radiofrequency therapy (denervation of the spine)
  • Hyaluronic acid therapy of the vertebral joints
  • Molecular orthopedics (autologous blood plasma, PRP)
  • Acupuncture
  • Shock wave treatment

Surgical Spine Therapy

  • Laser treatment of the intervertebral disc (PLDD)
  • Microscopic widening of the spinal canal (decompression)
  • Microscopic disc surgery
  • Intervertebral disc endoprosthetics
  • Vertebral body cement augmentation (kyphoplasty)
  • Dynamic stabilization of the spine
  • Rigid stabilization of the spine (spinal fusion)

General Orthopedics

  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain

About Dr Oliver Oetke – Spine Specialist in Munich

Dr Oliver Oetke is a specialist in the conservative and surgical treatment of back and spinal disorders and the medical director of the ORTHOSPINUM in Munich. Dr Oetke is an experienced specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery, holds the MASTER’S certificate of the German Spine Society (DWG), and has specialized in the treatment of spinal disorders for more than 20 years. In addition to his conservative focus, his range of services also includes all surgical procedures on the spine, which are only used as a last option.

At the ORTHOSPINUM Munich, Dr Oetke diagnoses and treats spinal diseases and degenerative disorders of the large joints and sports injuries using a conservative approach. By exhausting all conservative therapy options, adults of all ages with complaints of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle are in the best hands with Dr Oetke.

Orthopedic Practice with a Spine Focus in Munich

The unique feature of the ORTHOSPINUM is that this orthopedic facility offers all valid conservative and surgical therapy procedures for the spine. This allows Dr Oetke's philosophy to be optimally implemented. Only through all therapeutic approaches can a treatment strategy be developed that is individually tailored to the patient. Dr Oetke follows a clear guiding principle: surgical therapy should always be considered the last option.

Statutory and privately insured patients of all ages with spinal complaints are in the best hands with Dr Oetke.

Conservative Spine Therapy

In the course of his clinical training, Dr Oliver Oetke has recognized that many patients would like to avoid surgery, especially on the spine. In many cases, such behavior is not only expected but also advisable because the surgical intervention is not always the best decision. Often conservative concepts in combination with alternative medical offers activate the body's self-healing competencies and lead to remarkable results, whose success rates are inferior to surgical interventions.

Competent Help Through Precisely Targeted Injections

In particular, targeted injections with anti-inflammatory and muscle-relaxing drugs to the diseased structures of the spine can eliminate the typical complaints and relieve the associated painful tensions and malpositions.

The drugs are continuously injected into the affected vertebral structures under imaging control. This ensures maximum patient safety and guarantees quality to optimize the effectiveness of this procedure. In particular, the application of hyaluronic acid to the small vertebral joints (facet joints) in cases of osteoarthritis has proven effective due to the drug's water-binding properties, which acts as a lubricant between degenerated cartilage on the joint surfaces. This slows down the progression of cartilage damage and provides pain relief.

Herniated discs and other causes, such as spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis, can cause painful distress to nerve structures. Targeted injections of decongestant preparations (blood plasma, PRP) along these nerve tracts (PRT, epidural injection) lead in many cases to a reduction of the inflammation within a very short time and provide a significant calming of the symptoms.

Experienced Specialist for Spinal Surgery

If surgical intervention is recommended due to a severe finding or resistance to therapy, it is possible to have a surgery carried out by Dr Oetke. However, an inpatient stay is advisable to plan a surgery optimally and ensure a successful result. For this purpose, Dr Oetke cooperates as an attending physician with two Munich hospitals using their existing infrastructure but continues to be responsible as the treating physician. In this way, his patients benefit from an inpatient surgery without having to change doctors.

Expert for Second Opinion Spine in Bavaria

In addition to the targeted injection procedures described above, numerous alternatives to surgery have become established. Especially in the case of a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, surgery is often avoidable. As an experienced spine surgeon and conservative orthopedist, Dr Oliver Oetke has the appropriate expertise from both disciplines to expertly assess the need for surgical intervention in such a diagnosis and, if necessary, to point out sensible alternatives.

General Orthopedics

The treatment of degenerative joint complaints, inflammation of tendon attachments to the bone, and fresh muscle injuries are also part of the general orthopedic treatment spectrum at the ORTHOSPINUM.

In particular, targeted injections with hyaluronic acid and autologous blood plasma (PRP) are frequently used if the prognosis is good.

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) also shows considerable success using high-energy vibrations. In this procedure, a stimulation device is placed on the skin and causes energy to be transferred to deeper body layers using sound-wave-like vibrations. Painful clinical pictures such as impingement or constriction syndrome in the shoulder and calcium deposits in the tendons of the shoulder muscles can be successfully treated with this method.

Acupuncture as alternative pain therapy is used primarily for painful muscle tension in the spine. By harmonizing the flow of energy and blood, the muscles relax and provide a better sense of well-being for the patient.


Curriculum Vitae

University Education

11/1990 – 07/1993 Preclinical Studies at the Technical University of Munich
08/1993 Physikum (Midterm Exam in Medical Studies) at the Technical University of Munich
11/1993 – 07/1994 Clinical Studies at the Technical University of Munich
07/1994 1st Clinical State Exam at the Technical University of Munich
05/1995 – 03/1998 Clinical Studies at the University of Hamburg
03/1998 2nd Clinical State Exam at the University of Hamburg
04/1998 – 03/1999 Practical Year at the Teaching Hospital Bad Mergentheim of the University of Heidelberg in the Subjects Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Orthopedics
10 May 1999 3rd Clinical State Exam at the University of Heidelberg and Completion of Studies


12/2000 – 05/2002 Physician in Internship at the BG Unfallklinik Murnau
06/2002 – 05/2006 Assistant Physician at the BG Unfallklinik Murnau under the Direction of Prof. Dr. V. Bühren in Training to Become a Specialist in Trauma Surgery and Orthopedics
06/2006 – 05/2007 Assistant Physician at the Schulthess Clinic Zurich (CH), Department of Spine Surgery under the Direction of Prof. Dr. D. Grob, Dr. D. Jeszenszky, and PD. Dr. F. Porchet
07/2007 – 09/2008 Assistant Physician at the Auguste Viktoria Clinic Bad Oeynhausen (G), Department of Spine Surgery under the Direction of Dr. M. Vahldiek (Medical Director)
10/2008 – 11/2009 Acting Senior Physician at the Auguste Viktoria Clinic Bad Oeynhausen (Germany), Department of Spine Surgery
12/2009 – 08/2010 Senior Physician at the Auguste Viktoria Clinic Bad Oeynhausen, Department of Spine Surgery
09/2010 – 05/2012 Senior Physician at the Schön Klinik München-Harlaching (G), WS-Center, under the Direction of Prof. Dr. H. M. Mayer
06/2012 – 12/2014 Employed Physician - Surgeon Spine Surgery - at MVZ Praxisklinik Dr. Schneiderhan & Kollegen in Taufkirchen, Germany
01/2015 – 04/2017 Employed Physician in the OrthoCenter Professor Lill in Munich
05/2017 Founded ORTHOSPINUM - Practice for Orthopedics and Seine Therapy - in Munich: Owner and Medical Director


04/2005 Doctorate:
Outcomes after Thoracoscopic Ventral Stabilization of Traumatic Type A Fractures in the Transitional Region of the Thoracolumbar Spine with Special Consideration of Postoperative Loss of Correction
08/2005 Specialist Qualifications in Emergency Medical Services Issued by the Bavarian Medical Association in Munich (G)
09/2007 Recognition as a Specialist in Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery Issued by the Bavarian Medical Association in Munich (G)
03/2014 Additional Qualification in Skeletal Radiology Issued by the Bavarian Medical Association in Munich (G)
10/2014 Certificate " MASTERS" of the German Spine Society (DWG)


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Dr Oliver Oetke
Medical Director

Practice for Orthopedics and Spine Therapy
Sendlinger Str. 13, D-80331 München

T: +49 89 8967 4572


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