Q and A for Your Back and Neck Doctor

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Q and A for your Back and Neck Doctor? Yes, warranted. There are many types of  providers for non-emergent back and neck pain. The types of practitioners that may offer back and neck pain services include: Family or Internal Medicine Doctors, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Pain Management Treatment Providers, Orthopedic Surgeons, and Neurosurgeons. The level of education, training and expertise varies among practitioners.   So, we invite you to  know what questions you should ask your treatment provider or find out about to help make a more informed decision about your care, including:

  • What is wrong with the spine or neck?
  • Do you focus on back pain (or neck pain) and my condition in your practice?
  • What will the diagnostic tests be able to conclusively screen for?
  • What are the benefits and risks associated with the proposed plan? How does this compare with alternative approaches?
  • What will the proposed diagnostic test not screen for and what will the plan not correct?
  • What type of equipment or techniques will be used in the plan?  What has been the track record of this type of equipment or technique?
  • Will I need recovery aids following service?
  • How long will the recovery time frame require compared to alternatives?
  • What type of coping skills will be needed for recovery or a less than optimal outcome?
  • How many times has the provider performed the procedure using the technology or technique?
  • Has the provider had their skills reviewed by a peer group as occurs in the criteria for hospital privileges?
  • How long will the results last?
  • Will you require a secondary procedure or continued sessions to maintain the benefit from treatment? How often?
  • Are there any types of daily activities, medications, supplements or treatments you should stay away from? If so, why?

In the end, you may need to further investigate alternative or additional treatment. So, it’s wise to know your options following the onset of back pain.

It is important to recognize that all information contained on this website cannot be considered to be specific medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or medical advice. As always, you should consult with a physician regarding any medical condition.Your Health Access disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.