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sbj405 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 06:27 PM
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What type of doctor do you see for back pain?
I have a ppo so no need to go through primary care doc. Is it orthopedics? sports medicine?
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 06:29 PM
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1. Chiropractor personally
Every other kind of doctor I've seen for back pain has either wanted to do surgery on me or given me a handful of pain pills and told me to rest. My chiropractor actually fixes it.
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TheFriendlyAnarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 06:29 PM
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2. I might would have thought a chiropracter.
But I really ave no idea :shrug:
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Katina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 06:31 PM
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3. it depends on the type of pain.
but before I go to a chiropractor, I would go to an orthopedist and find out the cause of the pain. If it's from herniated disks, going to a chiropractor could cause more damage and pain.
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sbj405 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 06:37 PM
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5. That's my thought. So I guess it's an orthopedist. Thanks.
It's also better b/c my insurance will pay for the xrays and such at an MD, but not chiro.
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Katina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 06:41 PM
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7. check and see
if your coverage will allow for physical therapy. Therapists also do treatments that can help & insurance does tend to cover them for a short period of time.
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 06:32 PM
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4. Start with your primary-care physician.
Edited on Sat Aug-19-06 06:34 PM by greatauntoftriplets
He/she will suggest a series of X-rays, then perhaps an MRI depending on what the X-rays show. After that, he/she will send you to the proper specialist.

On edit: Back pain isn't always a backbone problem. In some cases, it can also be organic in origin.
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sbj405 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 06:38 PM
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6. I'm a bad patient. I have no primary care doc.
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 06:44 PM
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8. The orthopedic doctor I saw for a rotator cuff problem a while back...
would not have allowed me to make an appointment with him without tests taken under my primary-care physician's orders. And I am also in a PPO. Specialists are extremely busy and want preliminary test results. I had both X-rays and an MRI when I saw the orthopedic guy, then his office took new X-rays.

After that, I was given a prescription for physical therapy. Sorry, but there are channels to go through. Find a primary-care guy fast. Kidney problems can cause back pain as well. I am not diagnosing, but you need to be checked out.
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sbj405 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 06:53 PM
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9. Yeah. I was trying to avoid randomly picking a doctor
But apparently that's my only choice or not going. The hassle is why I never go to the doctor. Why isn't there a website that ranks doctors? Friends/coworkers have been useless in recommending someone.

I've actually never had a problem seeing a specialist before.
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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 07:07 PM
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11. FOr me it was just a bad chair combined with a pulled muscle.
No drugs or treatment needed -- just a new chair and some time.

Pain never came back.

It's best to start with a generalist, imho.
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 07:02 PM
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10. A Backologist
Make sure that you get a backography first
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-19-06 09:12 PM
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12. depending on your ppo, you may not need to see the primary
care doc first. However, an osteopath is a non surgical specialist who is a doctor, not a chiropractor.
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