Lower Back Pain Doctor

Most people experience lower back pain at some point in their life, and it is common enough that most people just try to grind through it rather than see someone about it. Regardless of the cause of your discomfort, you well eventually see a lower back pain doctor if the pain has gone on long enough or if it is severe enough to disrupt the quality of your life.

How many people live with mild pain without ever seeking help? Is that you? Many people will hold out, dealing with the problem as long as they can without seeking medical counseling. Even if the pain is mild, it may indicate a serious problem that will have a lowered chance of treatability the longer you wait.

Pain is a complex issue, and chronic pain can involve contributions from many of your biological systems - musculoskeletal, neurologic, urologic, reproductive, and gastrointestinal. Lower back pain may be affected by pathological functioning of one of these systems, and vice versa. There are really no tests that can accurately measure how much pain you are in, so you will want to develop a good relationship with a caring doctor that will listen as you describe where the pain is, and how bad it feels. (Though it should be noted that EEG brainwaves exhibit a higher frequency of alpha waves in patients with chronic pain).

When you visit a lower back pain doctor about your case, you should be as prepared as possible to present a detailed history of your condition. A detailed history may include when the symptoms began, what life events (psychological, repetitive stress injury, trauma) may have caused the onset of the pain, and the severity of your symptoms. You should be as prepared as possible to present the doctor with all information. In my experience as a back pain patient, I have never been able to give my doctor all relevant information to my case from memory alone. To help out my case, I try as best I can to journal my medical history so that I may present it to the doctor. This can be extremely valuable, especially in cases where the back pain symptoms have gone on for years, and you have tried several different types of back pain treatments. Often, in the course of your history, you may have tried two or more back pain treatments at the same time, which often makes it hard to tell what works and what doesn't. But with a good back pain journaling history, you and your doctor may be in a better position to isolate what types of even and activities are causing your symptoms to appear, and what types of treatments your body best responds to.

Unfortunately, some doctors don't fully heed patient self-reports, particularly when patients don't show outward signs of discomfort. Some doctors may be constrained by busy schedules to be able to put in enough time to listen to your case, and see the big picture. Like we said at the beginning of this article, back pain is a complex problem, and one in which psychology may play a significant role; and it may be a problem in which the physical cause of the condition is very hard to isolate. For patients who have chronic back pain, it will be important to find a doctor who will have both the time you need to review your case and the sensitivity to listen to all the details. There are many different types of lower back pain doctors, including:
  • Orthopedists: An orthopedist is a doctor that specializes in the entire musculoskeletal systems, including the bones, joints, and muscles. There are some orthopedists that have specific specialties in the area of the spine.
  • Rheumatologists: Rheumatologists test for and treat systemic diseases that cause global joint damage.
  • Neurosurgeons: Neurosurgeons diagnose and treat problems with the nervous system (spine, spinal nerve roots, spinal nerves, and brain).