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Elizabeth F. Yurth, MD


Back, Neck, Pediatric Orthopedics, Physiatry, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spine, Sports Medicine


Spine, Sports, and Occupational Medicine

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Dr. Elizabeth Yurth is one of only a handful of nonsurgical musculoskeletal specialists with extensive fellowship training in spine and sports medicine. This specialty training—along with her experience treating professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes—ensures her patients of the best and most advanced medical care possible. Having faced multiple athletic sports injuries herself, including tearing both her anterior cruciate ligaments skiing and a severe ankle fracture from climbing, she can identify with the frustrations of an athlete recovering from an injury and their need for a personal, compassionate approach to their treatment.


  • Physiatry
  • Spine and sports medicine


  • Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Cellular Biology: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Internship: University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency: University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA
  • Spine, Sports, and Occupational Medicine Fellowship: Stanford School of Medicine, SOAR, Stanford, CA

Distinctions and Recognition

  • Following her residency, Dr. Yurth was selected for a highly competitive fellowship in spine and sports medicine with SOAR (Sports Orthopedic and Rehabilitation), an organization associated with Stanford University where she had the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of spine and sports medicine.
  • Dr. Yurth has lectured across the country.
  • Dr. Yurth has been published in journals on topics including the treatment of lower back pain, nonoperative management of disc herniations, nerve injuries in sports, care of the female athlete, and preventing osteoporosis.

Community Service

  • Worked with the San Francisco 49ers
  • Santa Clara University basketball, football, and soccer
  • Stanford University women’s basketball and soccer
  • Physician for the San Jose/Cleveland Ballet


Dr. Elizabeth Yurth came to Colorado in the fourth grade and has grown up in an active family skiing and hiking the Rocky Mountains. She attended Littleton High School and received a scholarship to the University of Colorado Boulder where she graduated with honors. She then relocated to California where she attended the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine graduating at the top of her class with honors including AOA, The Dean’s Award, and several other awards for academic excellence. Her internship and residency were completed at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, and she is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrist). 

After several years in Northern California, Dr. Yurth jumped at the opportunity to move home to her beloved Boulder and be back close to her family. She now brings her unique experience in nonsurgical orthopedics here to the Boulder area.

Dr. Yurth is a firm believer that many musculoskeletal injuries (back, neck, shoulder, knee, etc.) can be treated successfully without surgical intervention. Particularly when treating complicated problems such as neck and back injuries, Dr. Yurth believes patients need to know ALL the treatment options available—both surgical and nonsurgical—in order to make an informed decision as to the best treatment plan for them. Her primary goal is to take the time needed for the patient to educate them about their injuries or disease and work together with them to help plan their best course for recovery.

Though Dr. Yurth enjoys treating all types of orthopedic problems, her training in interventional physiatry has given her a focus on treating spinal injuries. She is trained in numerous exciting new procedures for treating neck and back problems, including all types of spinal injections, intradiscal electrothermal annuloplasty (a procedure which uses thermal energy to treat disc problems), percutaneous decompression (uses a suction device to nonsurgically remove disc protrusions and help back and leg pain), and pulsed radiofrequency neurolysis (uses radio frequency waves to treat specific types of back pain).

Dr. Yurth is an avid runner, cyclist, climber, and skier with extensive experience in sports, specifically weight training. She is married and has five young children so she is back on the sidelines again watching her children play soccer, football, and basketball and ski.

“My surgical procedure was efficient and pleasant from check-in through check out. Nurse Susan was friendly and informative. Dr. Yurth's conversation with me before the surgery was also educational, and she is, as always, warm and friendly, and makes the whole process that much more helpful.”
– Lori B.
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