What kind of doctor specializes in the spine?
If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms in your spine, your next step will most likely be to make an appointment with a doctor. But, what type of doctor specializes in the spine? There are actually several kinds of doctors that focus solely on spine treatment. Of course, your first stop should be at your primary care physician’s office, as he or she will be able to provide more insight into the cause of your spine pain and determine if seeing a spine doctor is necessary. If your doctor does feel that meeting with a spine specialist is the next step toward finding lasting relief, he or she will most likely point you in the direction of which particular specialist you should see.
Let’s explore each type of spine doctor and what he or she can do to help your condition:
- Orthopedists — specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the spine
- Chiropractors — specialize in the structure and function of the joints, muscles and spine and provide treatment through spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage and other techniques
- Physiatrists — specialize in providing conservative and “physical” treatment for conditions of the spine
- Neurologists — specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions of the nervous system, including the spinal cord and the nerves that surround it
- Physical therapists — specialize in treating disorders of the spine by helping to improve a patient’s range of motion, coordination, posture, muscle performance and motor function
Most if not all of these spine specialists will recommend that you begin a series of conservative treatments to help alleviate the pain you are experiencing. If after weeks or months of conservative treatment methods you are still suffering from the symptoms of your spine condition, your doctor may recommend that you consider surgery.
If you are unsure of which spine doctor you should see for your spine condition, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We are the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and have performed nearly 100,000 outpatient procedures to date.