Back Doctor: Where to start if you have back or neck pain
A back doctor may be the next step if you’ve experienced back pain or neck pain for more than six weeks and tried home care without results. But there are many types of back doctors, so knowing where to start and what to expect can help you get on the fastest path to finding relief from your back or neck pain.
Many people think a back doctor is a spine surgeon. While a spine surgeon is one type of back doctor, they are the last spine specialists you should see unless you are experiencing emergency symptoms, called red flag symptoms. That’s because 90% of back and neck pain resolves in three months without spine surgery.
So what comes before that? If you haven’t seen a medical provider yet for your back or neck pain, you should see your primary care provider for your initial visit. Your PCP will provide a physical exam and refer you for conservative treatments, such as physical therapy. You should start with these non-invasive treatments because they often can relieve the pain. Health insurance also typically requires patients to try these solutions first.
You also can schedule your initial visit with a back doctor at a comprehensive spine clinic, such as the Neurosurgery One Spine Center. (Be sure to check your insurance to know whether your require a referral to a specialist; many PCPs will approve a referral by phone.) Just be sure you are scheduling an initial assessment with a spine clinic that offers all levels of spine care including conservative therapies, interventional pain management procedures, and spine surgery.
At the Neurosurgery One Spine Center, we offer comprehensive treatment for all types of back pain and neck pain from initial exam and diagnosis through interventional pain management and, if needed, spine surgery. Our experienced physician assistants can perform this initial assessment and get you started on the fastest path to healing and recovery.
Neurosurgery One Spine Center has clinics in Littleton, Lakewood, Parker, Castle Rock and Westminster. We can see new patients within 3-5 days, often the same day you call. Schedule an appointment by calling 720-638-7500 or request an appointment online.