Deciding to visit a lower back pain specialist

A lower back pain specialist is a medical professional trained to help patients find relief from conditions affecting the lumbar (lower) region of the spine. It’s possible that a surgeon is the first type of specialist you think of, but there are actually a range of specialists who use different methods to treat the symptoms of lower back pain.

Whether you have been diagnosed with a specific condition or not, it is highly recommended to work in partnership with your primary care doctor. He or she can help you reach a diagnosis and prescribe conservative treatment options to relieve symptoms and restore mobility. Many patients are able to enjoy a good quality of life with initial conservative treatment, but a specialist can be recommended if your symptoms do not improve.

What types of lower back pain specialists are there?

If you are recommended to see a specialist for more involved treatment, here are a few of the options he or she might recommend:

  • Physical therapist. With physical therapy, a licensed practitioner can perform treatments on you, called passive treatments, or have you go through various exercises, called active treatments, in order to strengthen supporting muscles and restore range of motion.
  • Rheumatologist. Rheumatology is the study of disorders affecting the joints and connective tissue. You might be referred to a rheumatologist if you are diagnosed with arthritis or spinal stenosis as the root cause of your symptoms.
  • Neurologist. A neurologist focuses on issues with the nervous system, so you might be directed to visit one if you are dealing with neuropathic symptoms from a compressed spinal nerve.
  • Spine surgeon. Surgery is typically a last resort after conservative treatments have been exhausted. These physicians can surgically treat conditions within the spine, from herniated discs to arthritic bone spurs.

Laser Spine Institute

If spine surgery is an option you and your doctor or specialist are seriously exploring, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. We have a team of board-certified surgeons+ who perform minimally invasive spine surgery that is a safer and effective^ alternative to traditional open spine procedures. Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, using a less than 1-inch incision and other muscle-sparing techniques.

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