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Chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy - which is the best treatment for back pain?
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Dr. Val Koganski
Internal Medicine
In brief: All and none
Everything depends what is the cause for pain.
If your family doctors rules out serious pathology, i.e. Fracture, cancer, infection, etc., then try acupuncture, pt, chiropractor, depending on your preferences. Stay away from motrin, alive, celebrex, (celecoxib) etc. There is no inflammation with back pain. Use of this type of drugs actually proven to delay healing in spite of "helping"(more like masking) pain.

In brief: All and none
Everything depends what is the cause for pain.
If your family doctors rules out serious pathology, i.e. Fracture, cancer, infection, etc., then try acupuncture, pt, chiropractor, depending on your preferences. Stay away from motrin, alive, celebrex, (celecoxib) etc. There is no inflammation with back pain. Use of this type of drugs actually proven to delay healing in spite of "helping"(more like masking) pain.
Dr. Val Koganski
Dr. Val Koganski
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
In brief: None
You should see an orthopedic specialist for initial and proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
This md can than decide whether your best option is one of the above. Do not go to them first as none of them do diagnosis.

In brief: None
You should see an orthopedic specialist for initial and proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
This md can than decide whether your best option is one of the above. Do not go to them first as none of them do diagnosis.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
No need to go to an orthopedic specialist just to get an accurate diagnosis of back pain. If you have degenerative disc disease that is causing causing leg pain, then an orthopedic spine surgeon may be who you need to see eventually. Straight ortho surgeon will usually just sent you to physical therapy unless they can make a surgical diagnosis. Lots of options prior to seeing the surgeons.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: Cause First
See a doctor to find the cause first, before testing therapies.

In brief: Cause First
See a doctor to find the cause first, before testing therapies.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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