Back pain is likely to affect every person at some point in their life. With that being said, back pain can be a sign of a chronic or serious condition for some people that requires significant medical intervention to help individuals function normally on a day-to-day basis. If you are concerned that your back pain may be a sign of something more serious, our orthopedic doctors at OmniSpine Pain Management would be pleased to provide you with effective diagnostic services and treatments to help you get to the bottom of your back pain so you can start feeling better.
What doctor treats back pain?
There are several different types of doctors who can treat back pain, ranging from your primary care physician (PCP) to orthopedic pain management specialists. While a primary care physician can help with minor back pain issues, an orthopedic pain management doctor can provide more advanced treatment and care for a broader range of back pain issues.
Orthopedic doctors, who are also referred to as orthopedic surgeons, are medical professionals who specialize in diagnosing, treating, and preventing conditions and disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system, which involves a person’s bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. With that in mind, orthopedic surgeons can provide effective treatment, diagnosis, and prevention for such back pain conditions as spinal stenosis, ruptured or herniated discs, sports injuries, and more.
Should I see an Orthopaedic doctor for back pain?
While it is normal for anyone to experience minor back pain from time to time, some instances of back pain can be a sign of a more serious condition that requires specialized medical treatment. In such situations, it is highly recommended to visit an orthopedic doctor who can provide an accurate diagnosis of your back pain and effective treatment through several different options. With that in mind, you should see an orthopedic doctor for back pain in any of the following circumstances:
- Back pain that does not go away or improve within one week
- Back pain that spreads to the lower half of your body
- Back pain that is accompanied with tingling or loss of sensation in your legs or toes
- Inability to perform daily or routine tasks due to your back pain or discomfort
- Redness or swelling in the back
What kind of treatment helps for back pain?
There are numerous treatment options that orthopedic doctors have recourse to for helping back pain. These treatment options include both non-invasive treatments and surgical procedures. Treatment options will also vary between patients according to their symptoms, how well they respond to initial treatment interventions, and any underlying medical conditions they have.
With that being said, we offer the following treatments for back pain at OmniSpine Pain Management:
- Facet joint injection
- Facet or medial branch blocks
- Fluoroscopic-guided spinal injections
- Lumbar or neck epidural steroid injection (ESI)
- Lumbar sympathetic block
- Lysis for adhesions in the spin
- Minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD)
- Radiofrequency (RF) nerve ablation, also known as rhizotomy
- Selective nerve root block
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Spinal nerve blocks
- Steroid injections
- Toradol injections
- Trigger point injections
- Ultrasound-guided joint injections
Most orthopedic doctors will pursue and prioritize non-invasive treatments over surgical procedures whenever possible. As such, surgery is usually only considered if less invasive treatment methods have proven ineffective for back pain relief.
Do I need a referral for a back pain doctor?
While you do not need a referral to make an appointment with an orthopedic doctor, you may require a referral to receive coverage from your insurance provider. With that in mind, it is a good idea to check in with your insurance provider directly to find out if they require a referral from your primary care physician to an orthopedic doctor before they cover orthopedic treatment.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our back pain doctors at OmniSpine Pain Management, we welcome you to do so through our website or by calling us! We have three clinics located in Desoto, Frisco, and Mesquite, Texas.