How an orthopedic doctor can diagnose and treat neck or back pain

If you live in the Orlando, Florida area and struggle with chronic neck or back pain, an orthopedic doctor may be able to help you find relief. These are physicians who specialize in the treatment of disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system, including spine conditions that often cause neck or back pain. A knowledgeable orthopedic spine doctor can diagnose your condition and help you find the right course of treatment to get back to enjoying time with the people and activities you love.

How an orthopedic doctor reaches a diagnosis

It can be stressful to suddenly start experiencing nagging neck and back pain, particularly when you aren’t sure what the cause is. While more minor issues like a muscle strain should improve in a short period of time, if symptoms persist for more than a few days to a week you should seek medical assistance. An orthopedic doctor will typically take the following steps to diagnose the cause of your pain and discomfort:

  • A review of your medical history and a discussion of your symptoms. It is extremely important that you are as detailed and thorough as possible when describing your health. Even smaller details may help in determining what is behind your pain.
  • A hands-on examination. Doctors will often apply pressure to the neck and back and try and determine where the symptoms are originating.
  • Medical imaging. Often, if an orthopedic doctor believes that a degenerative spine condition is causing your symptoms, it will be recommended that you schedule an MRI, CT scan or X-ray to confirm the diagnosis, pinpoint the problem and ensure that other underlying issues aren’t to blame.

Treatment options

In the event that your orthopedic doctor diagnoses you with a spine condition such as degenerative disc disease, facet disease or spinal stenosis, the conversation will then turn to available treatments. In many cases these conditions can be treated with a course of conservative therapies, including rest, medication and physical therapy. Spine surgery may become an option if you and your orthopedic doctor have decided that conservative treatments have been exhausted.

If you are exploring surgery for the treatment of a spine condition, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our team of orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons perform minimally invasive spine surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures.^ We have state-of-the-art outpatient facilities located across the United States, including our headquarters in Tampa, Florida.

Contact us to learn more and receive a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to see if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.