Types of Back Pain
Upper Back Pain

Upper Back Pain Causes

Chronic Back Pain 

Depression & Chronic Pain


Herniated Disc
Bulging Disc
Degenerative Disc Disease
Facet Joint Disease
Spinal Stenosis
Foraminal Stenosis




Low Back Pain
Causes of Low Back Pain
Low Back Pain Treatment
Epidural Steroid Injections
Surgery For Low Back Pain


Surgical Procedures
Types of Back Surgery
Spine Surgery
Spine Fusion
Spinal Disc Replacement



Back Pain Relief
Back Pain Treatment
Back Surgery
Artificial Discs
Insurance Carriers


Choosing An Orthopedic Surgeon



  1. Talk to your primary care doctor.
    Here or she will know the best doctors in your area, and will have experience referring other patients to local orthopedists.


  2. Talk to your friends.
    For common conditions such as arthritis, ACL surgery, etc., surely you'll have co-workers, friends, or family who know the local orthopedists and will have first hand experience.


  3. Check your doctor out online.
    The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons both have databases that can be accessed online.


  4. Ask tough questions.
    Don't be afraid to ask about your doctor's credentials and experience. For some ideas of questions you can ask about your doctor, your surgery, and other issues, click here.


  5. Consider a second opinion.
    Did you not find what you were looking for? Want to be sure of what you heard? Don't hesitate to seek a second opinion, just to make sure.


  6. Trust your instincts.
    If a meeting with a doctor does not go well it doesn't mean they're a bad doctor or you're a bad patient, but it may mean the two of you don't work together optimally.

Don't try to find the 'best' doctor.
There are too many definitions of 'best' and too many great doctors. Sure, look for an experienced, well-regarded surgeon, but also look for someone you work well with and who you trust.

Don't give up.
While seeking a second opinion is useful, too many opinions can cloud your thinking. Also, working with a doctor may require many visits over months or years. Moving around will hinder this process.











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Patient Resources

Anatomy of The Lower Back  -  Misdiagnosing Low Back Pain  -  Functions of The Low Back  -  Before Your Surgery  -  After Spine Surgery

Spine Surgery Questions  -  Anatomy of The Spine  -  Back Pain Definitions  -  Obesity and back pain  -  Orthopedic Surgeons  -  Spine Surgeons

Back Pain Myths  -  Back Pain Medication



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