Our back doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are recognized experts in providing evaluation and treatment for back injuries and conditions.
Back doctors are specialists who not only know how to treat back pain but also have deep insights into what causes it and how to avoid further back pain in the future. A good back doctor will ask questions and perform tests and physical assessments before offering a diagnosis because they know that back conditions can sometimes be complex.
Overuse injuries can cause lower back pain, and back doctors frequently treat people with overuse issues as well as patients with muscle sprains and strains due to quick movements or improper lifting techniques. Middle and lower back pain often shows up when people are carrying extra pounds around their waist, such as a pregnant woman, but the pain usually goes away after she gives birth. However, if the pain is due to obesity, the strain of the extra weight can cause chronic discomfort that usually worsens. Since weight loss can help reduce or eliminate back pain, back doctors will oftentimes support patients who need assistance losing weight. However, if weight loss alone does not improve the issue, the back doctor can offer other treatment options.
Chronic issues back doctors often treat are arthritis or osteoporosis. Their specialized knowledge allows them to find personalized solutions that can help patients with these conditions, as well as a wide range of back issues, live a better quality of life.
When It's Time to See a Back Doctor
Being aware of certain symptoms is important because if a back issue can be diagnosed and treated early on, it will help to avoid further back, neck, or spine damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best back, neck, and spine care. If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged your back:
- Back cramps
- Burning sensations
- Difficulty turning the torso
- Discomfort in the pelvis
- Lower back pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Pain after lifting
- Pain when sitting
- Sharp pain that appears then diminishes
- Shooting pain in the legs
These symptoms often correspond to a more serious medical condition, such as:
- Coccyx (tailbone) damage
- Disc disorders (ruptured, herniated, degenerative disc disease)
- Inflammation of the sacroiliac joint (sacroiliitis)
- Lumbago (lower back pain)
- Peripheral nerve trauma
- Spinal stenosis
- Vertebral fracture
Our orthopedic doctors understand that back, neck, and spine pain can have a major effect on your lifestyle and keep you from performing routine, everyday activities. To schedule an appointment with one of our back doctors, please call (740) 788-9220 or request an appointment online.
Our back specialists also understand that some injuries occur when least expected, which is why we are proud to offer our Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat patients who are suffering from acute orthopedic injuries and conditions. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Keeping You Active at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine
Finding a doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your back pain is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your care.
Our fellowship-trained spine surgeon, Benjamin W. Burkett, M.D., and our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Edward L. Westerheide, M.D., Brad L. Bernacki, M.D., and Alex Tancevski, M.D., are specialty-trained in diagnosing and treating a variety of back, neck, and spine injuries and conditions. Our doctors always strive to find a conservative treatment for you first before recommending surgery. Our back doctors are dedicated to providing compassionate, expert orthopedic care to get you moving and keep you active.
Taking a team approach, our orthopedic doctors work closely with our specialty-trained therapy team. Our physical therapists provide expert rehabilitation services and will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs in order to restore function and get you back to the life you love.