Navigating back pain treatments: Can a physiatrist help?

If self-care steps for back pain such as gentle activity, local heat, or massage don’t ease discomfort within a few weeks to a month, or if you struggle with chronic low back pain, a physiatrist can help you navigate the dizzying number of treatment options. These range from conservative therapies (such as medicines, physical therapy, and chiropractic care) to more invasive options (such as spine injections and spinal surgery). What is a physiatrist? Physiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. We focus on holistic, nonsurgical care aimed at improving function for people who are affected by diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. We often lead a team of medical professionals that may include physical therapists and occupational therapists. We collaborate with other physicians, such as primary care doctors, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and others. When should I see a physiatrist? Most people will experience back pain at some point in life. Often, self-care steps suggested by a primary care provider offer sufficient relief. But if back pain persists, or if a pattern of back pain develops, a physiatrist can help you find the right combination of treatments to improve your pain and ability to do everyday tasks and activities you enjoy. What could be causing my back pain? Back pain may stem directly from the spine or supporting muscles. Or it may be referred p...
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