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Our back doctors are recognized experts in the field and have the specialized knowledge to assess, diagnose, and treat a full range of back injuries and conditions.

The source of most back pain is inflammation, a one-time injury, or wear and tear often due to arthritis. While it’s not possible to avoid all risks, there are some things you can do to help maintain your back health and avoid injury, such as keeping a proper posture and using correct lifting techniques. However, sometimes back issues happen that are hard to predict or prevent, like when pain arises due to a chronic condition or if something just happens, like a problem with a disc.

Know When It’s Time to See a Back Doctor

If you are noticing any of these painful symptoms, you should contact a doctor as soon as possible so you can be diagnosed quickly and before your condition worsens and surgery may be necessary:

  • Back/leg/foot pain that gets worse when you walk or stand
  • Nerve problems in your arms and hands, such as difficulty making certain movements
  • Severe pain that radiates from your back to your leg and foot
  • Severe pain that radiates from your neck to your arm and hand
  • Sharp back pain after lifting heavy items (especially if you have osteoporosis)
  • Weakness, numbness, or tingling in your arms or legs

Patients should also see a specialist for medical care if you experience ongoing pain after a fall or injury. Other signs of serious back issues that should be diagnosed by a back doctor right away include trouble urinating, fever, or unintended weight loss.

Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries that affect the back and can be treated with both nonsurgical and surgical treatments include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Herniated disc
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis and other spinal conditions
  • Upper back pain

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, we know your back pain can affect nearly everything you do. Our back and spine have extensive training and insights that allow them to properly diagnosis you, so you can get the treatment and care that is right for you.

To consult with an orthopaedic doctor who specializes in back pain and spine surgery at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, you may request an appointment online or call one of our three locations in EdwardsFrisco, or Vail.

Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the back, our esteemed back specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating back injuries and conditions. Our physiatrist and neurosurgeon take a team approach in treating a full array of injuries and disorders. 

Our back specialists, Dr. Scott Raub and Dr. Ernest Braxton, have the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your back injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with our Vail-Summit Orthopaedics spine specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online. You can also learn more about the back disorders we treat through our patient education resources. 

Tips For a Healthy Back

Millions of people suffer daily from back pain. The following are tips to help you increase your chances of staying pain-free. Use these techniques to help protect your back from injury and pain.

Avoid Lifting
Always pick up items using your legs, not your back. Try to avoid carrying heavy items. If you must carry something heavy, be sure to hold it close to your body.

Maintain Good Posture
How you carry your body can have as much of an impact on your bones and joints as moving and flexing them. While we often think about the back when it comes to posture, good posture has a positive effect on your entire musculoskeletal system, including your ankles. Practice good posture and adjust your living and work spaces in ways that will support good posture.

Sleep on Your Side
To relieve strain on your back, try placing a pillow between your knees when you go to bed to help keep your spine in a neutral position.