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At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained back doctors are recognized experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with back injuries and conditions.

A specialty-trained back doctor is a medical professional who has specialized clinical education and training regarding the spine and related pain. He or she not only knows the anatomy of the spine and how the back functions but also how to best treat back conditions and spinal injuries. The doctor then applies this knowledge to help patients coping with back pain and spine problems.

Back doctors often care for those with back pain due to arthritic conditions, like osteoarthritis. They also work with children and teens who have scoliosis in correcting the curvature of the back. Back pain is sometimes caused by the joints and bones in the spine and back, but other times, the source is caused by a nerve (such as when a nerve becomes pinched) or the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other tissues.
Sometimes—especially if a patient seeks help early on before their pain and condition become worse—back issues can be treated without surgery or by using minimally invasive intervention. However, surgery may be unavoidable in some circumstances.

When Should I See a Back Specialist?

Back issues can result in a variety of symptoms. Pay attention to these symptoms so when you meet with your pain doctor or back surgeon, you can provide him or her with detailed information that will help them develop a treatment plan, which may include back surgery or nonsurgical options. People with back problems sometimes report symptoms such as:

  • Aching in the legs
  • Inability to stand up straight
  • Lower back pain (lumbar pain) radiating into the buttocks and sometimes into the thighs and legs
  • Neck pain
  • Numbness
  • Pain after moving heavy items
  • Pain that is worse in the morning or at nighttime
  • Shooting pain that comes on suddenly
  • Spasms
  • Spine pain
  • Stiffness and inability to twist, bend, or flex the torso

If any of these symptoms seem familiar, you may have one of the following back issues:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Back arthritis
  • Coccydynia
  • Damaged nerve root
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Fracture
  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis (type of spinal column condition)
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports-related injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal stenosis

What to Expect With Our Back Doctors

After a thorough assessment, which may include electrodiagnostic medicine or on-site imaging (including X-ray, MRI, and bone density scans), our back experts will work with you to determine a course of treatment. Our experts always consider nonsurgical treatment first, such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy with one of our certified physical therapists, and minimally invasive nonoperative options like spinal injections and in-office orthobiologics. Your doctor may also recommend adapting your daily activities to avoid further pain before suggesting surgery.

When back surgery or spine surgery is necessary, our back surgeons utilize the state-of-the-art Summit Surgical facility and employ advanced techniques and procedures, such as minimally invasive spine surgery, discectomy, foraminotomy, spinal fusion, cervical disc replacement, and other disc replacements. Additionally, as part of our Spine Center, our providers work together to offer you comprehensive care and the latest treatments to help you live with reduced pain and restored function.

To seek specialized care from one of our back doctors or surgeons at our Spruce Campus, use our MyChoice resource and find the specialist for you or call (559) 256-5200.

The Strength of Experience at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics

At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, we are dedicated to providing all our specialty-trained orthopedic surgeons and physicians, including our back experts, with every tool and resource they need. This includes state-of-the-art technology, a dedicated staff, and the strength that comes from working side-by-side with a team of orthopedic medical experts. For instance, your doctor may consult with specialists such as a spine surgeon or spine doctor, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, or a neurosurgeon regarding spine health, possible spinal surgery, additional spinal care, or another issue related to your back or spine condition.

Our back specialists are doctors whose medical practices focus on patients with orthopedic issues, including those with back issues. Dr. Henry Aryan, Dr. Gopi Kasturi, Dr. Mark Sison, Dr. Jerry Smith, Dr. Connor Telles, Dr. Timothy Watson, and Dr. Jeryl Wiens are all trained in the anatomy and function of the back as well as the many conditions and injuries that can affect it. They offer a variety of treatment solutions, including nonsurgical treatment options, back surgery, and interventional care, to help reduce or eliminate your back pain.

If you have a back injury or back pain, contact us today at (559) 256-5200 or request an appointment online to receive the specialized back care you deserve.