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Dr. Eric R. Ritchie, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.


  • Fellowship Trained Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Member, The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Member, Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America
  • Member, The Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons

Dr. Eric R. Ritchie is a board certified Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon. He joined the The Children’s Orthopaedic and Spine Center in 2013 after a distinguished 20-year career in the United States Air Force Medical Service.

Dr. Ritchie earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs where he was a standout athlete on the Falcon’s football team. He then attended medical school on a military scholarship at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. After medical school, Dr. Ritchie served three assignments as an Air Force Flight Surgeon: first at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea; then at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs; and finally at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Following his time as a flight surgeon, he was accepted to the only Air Force Orthopedic Residency in the country at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Ritchie was then hand picked to lead the Air Force’s Pediatric Orthopedic Department. His sub-specialty training in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and Scoliosis was obtained at the prestigious University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Upon completion of his fellowship training, he returned to San Antonio where he served as the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center and Consultant to the Surgeon General for Pediatric Scoliosis and Orthopedics. While assigned to Wilford Hall Medical Center he was also the Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and held a teaching position at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. During his time in the Air Force he was also honored to serve three combat tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Dr. Ritchie is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and holds current medical licenses in Texas, Colorado, and Utah. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, the Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons and the Bexar County Medical Society.

Dr. Ritchie is married with three children and in his free time enjoys snow skiing, mountain biking and swimming.

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21 Spurs Lane, Suite 245, San Antonio, TX, 78240

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Posture and Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is a miserable experience. Although some cases of neck pain are caused by an injury, many are simply due to poor posture. Poor posture stresses the muscles of the neck and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Over time, the stresses of poor posture on the neck can cause degenerative diseases to develop in the discs and bones of the neck. Forward head A very commonly seen posture that puts a lot of strain on the neck is the forward head. The individual habitually thrusts the head forward, carrying it out in front of the shoulders. In this position, the weight of the head is constantly pulling on the spine and the shoulders. Sitting for hours hunched over a desk or a computer is a common cause of forward head. Many people with this habitual forward head carriage suffer from sore shoulders as well as a sore neck. Over time, the vertebrae at the base of the neck (C5 and C6) can develop painful degenerative conditions due to the constant weight of the head pulling on them in the forward head posture. Correct posture A correct posture is one that keeps the spine in alignment. Some people call it a neutral or balanced posture. One exercise to encourage a neutral posture is to focus on opening the chest wide as you try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Once your chest is open, bring your head into alignment. Think of a string pulling up the top of your head and lengthening the neck. When you do this, your chin will tuck in and your head will naturally shift into proper alignment with your spine. Do the open chest/ string exercise multiple times a day. Other exercises to build better posture are head nods and chin tucks. To do a head nod, slowly nod your head slightly up and down without moving your neck. To do chin tucks, tip your nose down toward the ground and move the top of your head backwards. Repeat head nods and chin tucks several times a day. These exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of the neck. Individuals with habitual forward head posture usually have very weak muscles in the front of the neck. If you've worked hard at correcting your posture and you are still suffering from neck pain, why not give us a call?

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