An orthopaedic surgeon is a physician devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, disorders and diseases of the body's musculoskeletal system. This system includes bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons.
Keeping this in consideration, which doctor to consult for lower back pain?
While it is common to start off with a primary care provider (a medical doctor, chiropractor, or doctor of osteopathic medicine), if the patient's back pain is resistant to initial treatment then the services of a spine specialist may be necessary. See When to Seek Medical Care for Low Back Pain.
DO orthopedic doctors treat back pain?
Start by quizzing your GP.(ISTOCKPHOTO/HEALTH)Low back pain is one of the most common medical complaints, so family doctors see a lot of back pain patients. Between orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, physiatrists, neurosurgeons, and osteopathic physicians, it's hard to know which doctor can best treat your pain.
What is a doctor of the spine called?
Orthopedic surgeons may be Medical Doctors (MD) or Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) who have completed a five-year surgical residency focused on the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Orthopedists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of almost all bone and joint disorders, such as: Spinal disorders.