How to Get the Best Spine Care


If you are suffering from a back or spine conditions you must have navigated through a bunch of doctors to find a good treatment for your spine. However, you may have not been sufficiently satisfied by the solution provided to you.

While the process may seem cumbersome, you can improve your chances of finding a solution to the problem by asking pertinent questions and sharing the decision-making process with your care provider which can improve your chances of getting care.

Ask the referring doctors questions

There are market forces and personal forces such as friends or family that can determine which doctor you will be referred to and what treatment should be followed. When you have been recommended a spine surgeon or a specialist it is important that you ask certain pertinent questions about why he or she has been recommended. For example, a good question would be, “would you let this doctor perform a surgery on your family members?”

Explore the wide variety of spine specialists

There is a wide variety of spine specialists who treat back pain. One of specialty which can be considered is the physiatry: a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatrists are doctors who can achieve most best results while providing conservative treatment (e.g. physical therapy, injections and medications) and help care for a patients overall spine care. Regardless of the specialty, it’s a good idea to select an individual who specializes in spine medicine, as not all doctors or therapists in a specialty have that focus.

Research about your condition

Understanding your spine condition and being your own advocate is extremely important. For example, epidural injections given to patient without fluoroscopy have the medication misplaced in 13-34% of cases? We encourage patients to research questions about their treatment which they can ask the doctor before getting treatment.

An accurate clinical diagnosis is essential to the success of any treatment you choose. This is not the same as the findings on an MRI scan or other radiographic test, which are only a part of the diagnostic process.

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