Am I Seeing the Right Doctor for Spine Pain?

Finding the Right Spine Doctor

Back pain is a very common condition, and it can be caused from a variety of reasons. Because both time and finances are very valuable commodities, it is important for patients to select an appropriate physician without making multiple visits to several types of doctors. Here are a few of the most common types of Beverly Hills spine surgeons and doctors who can help you treat your spinal pain.

General Practitioner

When a patient is experiencing back pain, the best place to start is with his or her primary care physician. Doctors who practice general medicine are excellent resources who can treat an array of maladies or refer individuals to an appropriate provider when a condition falls out of the scope of general practice. There are instances when back pain is simply a musculoskeletal problem, but other times, back discomfort can be caused from another issue in the body such as kidney or bladder disease. A general practitioner can pinpoint the source of pain and provide a remedy or refer the patient to an appropriate caregiver.

Orthopedic Surgeon

An orthopedic surgeon is a physician who treats maladies of the musculoskeletal system throughout the body and who performs surgeries such as bone and tendon repairs, spinal procedures, and joint replacements. Most orthopedic surgeons complete additional training in order to focus their practices on specific areas of medicine including hand surgery, sports medicine, and spinal conditions.

Spinal Surgeons

Doctors who reserve a majority of their practice to treating conditions of the spinal column are considered spinal surgeons. They perform procedures that include:

Neurosurgeons

Neurosurgeons are physicians who specialize in treating problems with the nervous system and brain. They can help patients who are suffering from spinal pain by performing surgeries that correct nerve compression and other problems in the spinal column that cause an improper firing in the nervous system.

If you are looking for more information about spine health and are interested in scheduling an in-person consultation, call (310) 828-7757 and speak with one of the professional spinal specialists at The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration. Our team of board-certified physicians and surgeons, led by Dr. Hyun Bae, are graduates of some of the nation’s most prestigious universities and have completed residencies in a number of back and neck specialties. Reach out to us today and get the help and treatment you need and deserve.