The internet is a world of information. But when you’re talking about spine specialists, the information available may fall short of what you need.
There are plenty of rating sites out there, giving you only superficial information. For something as important as your spine, you need to dig a little deeper.
Choosing the right spine specialist for you starts in the office of your general practitioner. When you go to your primary care doctor, you’ll find out whether you’ve got a minor problem or one which requires the care of a specialist. Trauma to the spine or an underlying condition like disc degeneration needs specialized care.
Do your homework.
Your GP is professionally connected to specialists and has probably developed relationships with them over the years. That doesn’t mean his contacts are the solution to your problem. Go a little further than a list of local spine specialists.
Ask your network. Do they know these specialists? What is their experience of them? Do they have recommendations of their own and are those recommendations based on anecdotal or direct, therapeutic experience?
Do your homework. Check in with the American College of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Medical Association. Also, be sure to go to each specialist’s website to get a snapshot of what kind of practice your prospect is running.
You can find out a lot about a spine specialist by examining the type of information offered there. Is it patient-centered? Does it acknowledge your role in treatment and recovery?
Meet the spine specialist.
Therapeutic partnerships are based on mutual trust and respect. The spine specialists you’ve had recommended to you may be perfectly reputable and highly-skilled, but if you don’t connect, it’s not a good fit.
Be sure to make a point of scheduling an initial consultation with the spine specialists you’ve narrowed your search down to. You can’t really know who you’re dealing with and how you’re going to interact in a doctor-patient relationship until you take this step.
Choosing a spine specialist is about more than credentials and resumes. It’s about the quality of the doctor’s interaction with you and your personal comfort level. If you don’t feel at ease in a spine specialist’s presence, then how are you going to feel receiving treatment?
It’s probably not going to work. So, move on to the next name on your list until you find the spine specialist you feel comfortable with who checks all the other boxes on your list of criteria.
The team at Progressive Spine is entirely focused on spine health. At our state-of-the-art facility, we treat all conditions of the spine. With leading-edge diagnostics, we pinpoint the underlying causes of pain, treating it both non-invasively and with surgical solutions, conservatively recommended.
Choosing the right spine specialist for you is a highly personal matter. At Progressive, we understand that. If you’re experiencing spine pain that’s impacting your quality of life, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation. Progressive may be your perfect fit.