What kind of doctor should I see for low back pain?

Simple solutions. Start with your primary care doctor. Chiropractic physicians provide conservative management and can order xrays as necessary. Several large, recent studies show chiropractic is the safest and most cost effective interventions. Word of mouth referral is best place to start. American academy of osteopathy (aao) can help you locate a do in your area specializing in structural medicine.
Spine Pain Options. This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection.
A Spine Specialist. A spine specialist is a specific type of orthopedic surgeon who specializes in conditions, deformities and treatments of the spine. A spine specialty designation means the doctor has additional training and expertise in conditions that affect the spine.
Orthopedic surgeon. Orthopedic surgeons are the best place to start for low back pain. Alternatively you can see a physical medicine doctor.

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I have right hip and lower back pain. With sparatic sharp pain in my left thigh. What could it be? What type of doctor should I see?

Primary Care. Back and hip pains are common problems faced by many people. Your primary care provider can examine you and determine if you need additional testing or a referral to a specialist. Read more...
Primary Care Doctor. Your pmd would be the best person to guide you. This would depend on your symptoms and examination of your spine, hip, knee and si joint. Any one of these could cause the symptoms and your pmd would be a great place to start. Your pmd can recommend the appropriate studies for evaluation. Read more...

Will I need to get an X-ray if I see a doctor for a throbbing low back pain?

Yes. I would definitely x-ray your low back, pelvis, and hips. Of course along with a complete history and physical and possibly other diagnostic modalities. Read more...
See below. In general, for those who strain their backs occasionally, it is not necessary to do an xray or mri. However, if i see someone whose back is not improving after about 6 weeks, i will usually order an xray first. Read more...
Maybe. Unfortunately, xrays of the lumbar spine have a low correlation with the actual cause of the back pain. The radiation exposure is considerable and this test should be used conservatively. Mri has a higher correlation with the cause of pain. This link may be informative: http://www.Lower-back-pain-toolkit.Com/lower-back-pain-investigations.Html. Read more...
Depends. Every person with back pain presents differently. if needed the Dr. will order them. Read more...

Lower back pain that moves around - left, right, sacrum n is recurrent. Taken norgesic n acroxia. Not much improvement. What type of doctor to see?

Several doctors. Can help including spine specialist: (neurosurgery or orthopedic spine surgeon), neurologist, physical medicine and rehab, chiropractor, and interventional pain management. But i would make sure to see the first two if weakness present or herniated discs on mri. Read more...
Pain doctor. Need to start with a pain management doctor first to get exercise recs. Chiropractor might also give you good advice and relief. Read more...

I have lower back pain which is on the side, not along the spine. It's recurrent. Can a chiropractor help or should I see a different type of doctor?

Chrio or not . A chiropractor may certainly be able to help. However, the described symptoms in a female who is in her 50's can be due to non-chiropractic issues which your regular doctor can readily assess for, rule out, and then recommend the most appropriate therapy for you. Read more...
Chiropractor. The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. If you need an adjustment or soft tissue treatment, chiropractic therapy is good. If you pain is not improved, you can go to see a pain management doctor. Read more...

What can be done for my low back pain while I wait to see the doctor? The pain is severe and is burning down my leg to my knee? Please help

Possible disc. If you have a pinched nerve in your back due to a "slipped disc", you may find relief in a position of low pressure on this disc. You may want to try to lie on your back with your legs bent and resting. Read more...
See below. Rest, heat and gentle stretching may help while you wait to be seen. Read more...
A few things. If nsaids are not helpful, you've exhausted most otc meds. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an option, but if that does not help please see your doctor for other options. Also physical therapy can be helpful, otherwise a spine specialist evaluations may be needed. Read more...

Does a person with low back pain usually see a orthopedic surgeon or a pain rehab doctor that treats back pain? How long does it take to get a referra

Low back pain. It depends on the severity of pain. Sudden pain with numbness or weakness or tingling in the legs that lasts for more than a week or gets worse would indicate a likely disc herniation. Your pcp should get an MRI prior to referring you to a specialist depending on the MRI findings. Gradual onset of pain might mean arthritis of he spine. Surgery should only be considered after all non surgical. Read more...
Is it inflammatory? Inflammatory back pain (ibp) is characterized by stiffness upon awakening, improvement with activity, awakening at night, prompt response to nsaids, and radiation to the buttocks. Ibp can signal the presence of spondyloarthritis, and should be evaluated by a rheumatologist. Pain that is worse with activity, improves with rest, and doesn't radiate is likely due to disc degeneration or overuse. Read more...
Either option . Your primary care doctor can help figure it out. Physiatrist are not surgeons thus their expertise is on conservative management. Orthopedic surgeons may also do conservative management but should definitely be seen if surgery might be a solution after conservative treatment fails. In some cases an inflammatory arthritis might be present, then a rheumatogist can help. Read more...
I would rec an ortho. Or spine surgeon b cn 1st. Then after proper work up, if he/she recs a pain management clinic, then b cn there. Read more...
Pain Doc 1st. Orthopedic surgeon is really only a good option if you think you need surgery or have real neurologic decline that again needs surgery. Most people that see orthopedic surgeon do not get surgery so if he's gonna send you to see a pain rehab guy anyway, why waste that visit? You should be able to see doc within a week. Read more...
Neither. 46 y fem w. chronic low back pain had medrol (methylprednisolone) & knees "click"; concern for hypermobile joints w. sacroiliac joint (SIJ) disorder & associated sciatica. Diagnosis made via specific hands-on physical exams. SIJ undetected by all imaging studies. Chiropractors overlook SIJ. Physiatrists oft neglect SIJ eval. Surgeons seek surgical material. P.T.'s discern but not allowed to diagnose. See an Osteopath. Read more...

Mri no breaks, stretch and see chiro and sports med doc... Still low back pain and under right leg/hip. I run 10 miles a week. 2 c-sections. Help?

Complex. Back pain is one of the most common problem presented to primary care. Does it hurt when running, is your weight up, did the MRI show a disk bulging, does the pain radiate, ... You may need a fresh set of eyes to look at your condition. Do not give up. Read more...
Further treatment. Beyond "breaks" is the more usual causes of pain, which is inflammatory issues of the joints and soft-tissues of the lumbar spine. If the conservative treatments are failing you, you might now need some injections into what hurts. A pain doc can evaluate your symptoms to see if you need trigger point injections, si joint or facet joint injections, etc. Many options to help you with your pain. Read more...

I have cankers sores in throat, headaches, slight fever and low back pain and feeling weak and rapid pulse for six days now should I see a doctor?

Yes you should. With all these symptoms lasting for 6 days, you should see a doctor. Read more...
Yes. You seem to be describing a viral infection, and the length of time you have noted is long enough for you to seek counsel from your md. Good luck! Read more...

I am having pain in pelvic area of my back that radiates to my rectum. It hurts to cough, I have to hold my stomach. I'm also having lower back pain right above hips. What kind of doctor should I see? I'm also having to go to the bathroom twice at night!

Family doctor. It sounds like there is quite a bit going on with you, and it is difficult to determine what is causing your symptoms. It could be related to your intestinal tract, female organs, urinary tract or be musculoskeletal in origin. I recommend that you see a family doctor initially and have a thorough evaluation. If necessary the family doc can refer you to the appropriate specialist. Read more...