Questions from a newbie trying to learn about back pain specialists/MD's in the Phoenix area

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   Posted 8/1/2010 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello ā€“


Does anyone know the name or names of back specialists (surgeons?) in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area?  Iā€™m trying to find a medico who is very highly regarded by his peers as well as by his patients.  Word-of-mouth is certainly OK but would love to also find a published source wherein reviews (rankings?) of back professionals are listed without there being some kind of ulterior motive.  Does such a thing even exist?


This is for help with 1 herniated and 2 bulging discs with pretty severe pain that is now in the groin area and down the front of the leg to the knee area. 


Is there such a thing as a Board Certified Orthopedic doctor who is not also a surgeon?


Also, any thoughts or comment about Back Clinics in general (ie The Back Center in Scottsdale and the like)?


Many thanks ā€“ Paella (a newbee to learning about back pain).

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   Posted 8/1/2010 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Paella, sorry we have to meet under such bad circumstances....but it is very nice to meet you and welcome to the forum! There are many incredible and caring people here who really understand what you are going through! Sorry, I do not know anyone in your area. I have lower back problems myself, so I understand wanting a good doctor. I used to answer phones from home for ABMS.ORG It stands for the American Board of Medical Specialties. They will give you info on if a doctor is certified or not. As far as Orthopedics and certification....there is orthopedic sports medicine and orthopedic surgery recognized by the board. There is absolutely no ulterior motive when it comes to this group....that much I can say! The only thing they will tell you is if the doc is certified or not and you have to give them a name! The good thing about this service is many docs can be licensed and still not be certified by the ABMS. To maintain this is required that the doctor does on going training and testing in order to maintain their certificate! The testing ranges between 2-4nyears based on the specialty! It is a good resource, but you will need the docs name to call them!! I am sorry but that is the only thing I have....someone else may have more for you!!

Again welcome and keep us updated!

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   Posted 8/1/2010 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Paella , I don't know anything about back problems , sorry , but I wanted to welcome you here .Just be patient I'm sure some folks here will have some info for you . Mikel

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   Posted 8/1/2010 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Paella and welcome to Healing Well's CP forum. I am glad you found the forum but very sorry you have to be here. I don't know how much in depth info you will find on the type of dr you are looking for but the internet is one of my best sources when looking for drs in an area. I have not heard of an orthopedic being certified but not doing surgery, that is where the money is for those guys so I don't know if one exists or not, I kind of doubt it. You can find a lot of info out there if you re willing to dig around for it, lol.

Have you had surgery recommended already? Not all people require surgery with a herniation, many times the drs will say it is not bad enough to do surgery on. Personally speaking, I do not care for the 'back clinics" type practices mainly because its usually a group of various type of drs, to me its like behind door number 1 is dr so & so, behind door number two is dr who ever, I don't care for that scene and have known of some bad experiences in that area too. It is sort of like being passed around to see who can make you feel better. Will it be the chiropractor in the group or will it be the surgeon in the group. Those types of groups I stay away from. I do not know if any of the members here are in the area you are asking about, if so one of them will speak up.

Please let us know what you find and take care of yourself.

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