Medical Abbreviations for Doctors and Other Back Pain Specialists

Here are some healthcare Acronyms of healthcare professionals involved in back pain treatment and management.

DC - Doctor of Chiropractic: Chiropractors, like Osteopaths, practice spinal manipulations and encourage patients to seek therapies that benefit the mind and body. Chiropractors, unlike Osteopaths, are not licensed to prescribe prescription meds, or to order tests in hospitals and clinics. Though many chiropractors have their own X-Ray machines at their facilities. Though chiropractors are thought of as back specialists, they actually treat many musculoskeletal disorders.

OMD - Doctor of Oriental Medicine: A Doctor of Oriental Medicine is trained in the long established and practiced of Eastern healing disciplines such as Acupressure, Qigong, Tai Chi, Acupressure, Acupuncture, and Tuina Quiging. Common features among these many eastern therapy modalities is a system for balancing the various functions of the body, based in Daoist principles of yinyang and other Asians belief systems.

LICSW - Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker: Patient who have experienced severe or chronic back pain may also be suffering from emotional stress. One system of the body may affect the other. A patient's emotional state, such as when they are anxious or depressed, may also have an impact on their pain levels. For this reason, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker may be involved in patient care and helping doctors to monitor both a patient's pain level and variations in their level of emotional stress.



CMT - Certified Massage Therapist: Massage therapists provide massage therapy to anyone suffering from muscle strain or muscle soreness. Massage therapy is an accepted therapy among practitioners of all medical disciplines, including western, eastern, and among doctors of chiropractic. Massage therapy is the practice of using tough to manipulate the muscles and soft tissues of the body. Massage therapy not only feels good, but it can be an excellent therapy for healing muscle strains an muscle knots. Massage therapy can be good for increasing lymphatic circulation and blood flow to and from areas of soreness or injury.

CRNA - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist:

MD - (Medical Doctor): an MD is a medical doctor. Medical doctors are trained and authorized to perform examinations of patients, refer them for medical imaging, write prescriptions of medicine. Medical doctors can refer patients to pain clinics, physical therapy, and surgery. The MD is usually the first person you will see when you first develop back pain, especially since it is the road most likely to be covered by your health insurance. MPH- Master of Public Health. (a master's degree in the field of healthcare medicine)

O.T. - Occupational Therapist: Occupational therapists are likely to work with patients who are handicapped, those that have long term injuries, people in long term treatment facilities, and people who are unable to leave their homes easily to treatments. Occupational therapists will often work at long term facilities such at rehabilitation hospitals, nursing homes, and in patient's homes. Occupational therapists will often work with elderly patients, patient's in long term recovery programs and patients with some level of disability.

PT - Physical Therapist: a physical therapist aims to restore structural instabilities and inabilities in patients through hands on treatments and by designing home exercises that patient can perform at their local gyms or with at their homes. Physical therapists may be trained to provide short-term treatments for patient recovering from minor injuries, to long-term treatments for patients recovering from catastrophic ones.