Chronic pain: types of doctors who can help you find relief

If you’re suffering from chronic pain and looking for answers, it’s important to choose a doctor who specializes in the specific area that is causing you pain. For example if you are enduring chronic back pain, you may benefit from seeing a spine specialist as opposed to a general physician.

Before deciding which doctor is best for your needs, you should do some research on the specialists in your area. Look for qualities like a good reputation and a caring interaction with patients. You can research specialists online or ask your family and friends about any skilled doctors in your immediate area. Finding a quality doctor in the right specialty may be the key to effectively treating your chronic pain.

Types of chronic pain doctors

Your primary doctor is also a good resource for recommendations about specialists in your area. For spine conditions, specific types of doctors may include:

  • Orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons — diagnose and surgically address musculoskeletal disorders
  • Neurologists — diagnose and treat dysfunction of the nervous system
  • Neurosurgeons — perform surgery to treat disorders of the nervous system
  • Physiatrists — use physical means, such as massage and rehabilitative exercise to treat painful conditions
  • Anesthesiologists — deal primarily in blocking or removing the source of pain, most often in surgical settings, but increasingly in a nonsurgical capacity or as follow-up care after surgery

Minimally invasive treatment for degenerative spine disorders

For some patients, conservative treatments like medication, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections and spinal manipulation are not effective at relieving the chronic pain of a spine condition. If you’ve been trying nonsurgical treatments for several months and your pain is not decreasing, you should contact the spine care specialists at Laser Spine Institute.

We offer minimally invasive spine surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Patients can experience a shorter recovery time and avoid an overnight hospital stay^ by choosing minimally invasive surgery at one of our world-class outpatient surgery centers.

If you’re suffering from chronic neck or back pain, it’s time to take the next step toward relief. Contact Laser Spine Institute today. We are happy to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.