Which doctor should I consult for lower back pain?

If lower back pain is putting a damper on your everyday life, it may be time to seek the help of a lower back pain doctor. While many people will experience the negative effects of back pain at some point in their lives, persistent pain may potentially be a cause for concern and should not go untreated.

While visiting a doctor for back pain is often a scary and anxiety-inducing thought, it’s important to remember that finding pain relief is possible with the help of a medical professional and it does not always require surgery. If you aren’t sure where to start on your journey toward relief from your lower back pain, the following information should provide you with some guidance.

The first step is to visit your primary care doctor

Getting on the road to recovery will begin with an appointment to see your primary physician. He or she will perform a physical exam as well as go over your symptoms, when they began and your medical history to help determine a cause of your pain. Your doctor may also request a diagnostic test such as an X-ray or an MRI to get a better understanding of your lower back pain.

Depending on the severity and location of your symptoms, your primary care physician may refer you to a lower back pain doctor that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spine conditions. A few of the most common doctors include:

  • Orthopedists — specialize in diseases and disorders of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones
  • Physiatrists — specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system and focus on a “physical” approach to treatment, such as physical therapy
  • Neurologists — specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the nervous system
  • Chiropractors — use manual adjustments of the vertebrae to treat conditions and symptoms affecting the spine

If you are unsure of who to turn to for treatment for your chronic lower back pain, or your primary physician has recommended that you consider surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our board-certified+ team of orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons are leaders in minimally invasive spine surgery and have performed nearly 100,000 outpatient procedures to date.^

To learn more about the minimally invasive spine surgeries we perform or to receive a free MRI review* to help determine if you are candidate for our outpatient procedures, get in touch with Laser Spine Institute today.