Many people experience back pain, but often it isn’t severe—for instance, their back sometimes feels achy or sore. However, for others, back pain gets worse and is ongoing. This type of severe, chronic pain can affect nearly everything they do, and usually, the only way to find relief is to be treated by a back doctor. Sometimes intense back pain is caused by an injury, but it can be caused by many things, such as inflammation, arthritis, or when something goes wrong with the back’s structures. For example, a herniated disc in the low back can protrude and put pressure on the nerve that leads to the leg and foot. This causes pain to shoot into the buttock and down the leg and is known as sciatica.
When to Visit a Back Doctor Near You
You should contact a back doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Muscle spasms that attack your back
- Severe pain that radiates from your back into your buttocks and thighs
- Pain that gets worse instead of better after you sit down
- Back pain that worsens when you walk
- Back pain after lifting, even if items are not heavy
- Numbness, tingling, or achiness in your arms or legs
If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you should make an appointment to see a back doctor. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our back doctors offer treatments for back problems that range from nonsurgical procedures to minimally invasive surgery.
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries our back doctors can diagnose and treat include:
- Acute mechanical back pain
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated or dislocated disc
- Ligament damage
- Lumbar strain
- Myofascial pain
- Spinal stenosis
If your back injury or condition is too painful and needs to be treated promptly, visit our walk-in Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic for acute injuries every day of the week, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Why choose the Spine Center at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates?
Choosing the right doctor is important, and there are many different factors you should consider, including their level of professional training and expertise.
At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our back, neck, and spine doctors have had additional training in a specific area of the body or medical specialty. This additional training is referred to as fellowship training. Following their medical residencies, our providers have undergone fellowship training focusing their education specifically on the advanced knowledge and skills needed to treat specific areas of the body or injuries and conditions relating to a specific medical specialty, such as the back, neck, and spine. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, you are in excellent hands because our back doctors, Dr. Zachary Abbott, Dr. Clyde Carpenter, Dr. Ryan Halpin, Dr. Andrew Manista, Dr. Douglas Taylor, and Dr. Yoshihiro Yamamoto, are fellowship-trained and have the advanced knowledge and skills to treat your injury or condition individually to meet your needs.
To consult with our Olympia Orthopaedic Associates specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (360) 709-6230. At our Spine Center, we offer consultations with a spine doctor Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the conditions we treat through our patient education resources or our Online Guide to Sports Medicine that references specific topics relating to nutrition and fitness for athletes of all ages including high school students, collegians, weekend warriors, and professional athletes.
Back Wellness Tips
Staying active, being proactive, and building healthy habits are key to preventing, reducing, or avoiding future back pain. Here are some tips and techniques you can use to help protect your back:
- Avoid Lifting: Improper lifting or trying to lift large items that shouldn’t be lifted is a common way back injuries occur. Avoid lifting whenever possible, but if you must lift something, always follow the mantra “lift with your legs, not with your back.”
- Lose Weight: You do not need to be considered obese to experience back pain due to excess weight. Being overweight puts extra strain on all your weight-bearing joints, especially your spinal column. So if you have extra pounds to lose, find a weight loss program that works for you and commit to it.
- Sleep on Your Side: Place a pillow between your knees when you go to bed. This will help keep your spine in a neutral position, which will help reduce back pain.