Here at the Spine Institute Northwest we help patients with back pain and spinal problems every day. We have seen firsthand the hardships that can be caused by chronic pain and experience joy each time a patient makes progress in their recovery. If you are experiencing chronic back pain or other spinal problems, help is available. A spine care doctor will help you to find the problem and choose appropriate treatment options. Here are some tips for choosing a spine care doctor.
Decide You Are Ready for Treatment
The first step to choosing a spine care doctor is deciding that you are ready to take action. If you are tired of dealing with back pain and you don’t want the pain to keep getting worse, it might be time to start looking for a spine care doctor.
Find a Doctor Specializing in Spine Care
The spine is a complex collection of bones, nerves and tissues. Proper spine treatment requires a doctor with experience and training in this specific field. Don’t just go to any doctor for your spine and back problems; choose a doctor experienced in spine care. Practices devoted solely to spine treatment, like the Spine Institute Northwest, will have more experience in treating spinal problems than general practice doctors.
Ask for Recommendations
You could just choose your doctor out of the phone book, but that would be like taking a shot in the dark. Ask for recommendations as you look for a spine care doctor. Your physician may know of a good spine doctor in your area. Friends, family and even co-workers may have experience with doctors in this field and often can provide recommendations and referrals.
Check Out Testimonials or Talk with Current Patients
Patients can give you great insight into the type of care you may receive from a doctor or medical practice. Ask potential spine care doctors to see their patient testimonials. Talk with any current or former patients of the practice that you know.
Meet the Doctor
You can learn a lot about a doctor by doing research and calling around, but until you actually sit down with them and talk, you won’t really know if the doctor is a good fit for your needs. Schedule a consultation and meet the doctor. This will give you a chance to ask questions, talk about your situation and determine which doctor can help you achieve your treatment goals.
Choose a spine care doctor with the experience and training needed to give you the care you need. These tips will help you narrow the many choose choices and find the doctor that is right for your situation.