We at the DISC Spine Institute want you to get the safe and appropriate treatment you deserve for your neck and back pain. And while we hope you consider DISC for your procedure we always recommend doing your homework before choosing a spine specialist, whoever it may be.
Look for board certification
If your doctor is not board certified, thatâ€™s a red flag. â€śBeing certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties means a doctor has earned a medical degree from a qualified medical school, completed three to seven years of accredited residency training, is licensed by a state medical board, and has passed one or more exams administered by a member of the ABMS,â€ť said Consumer Reports. â€śTo maintain the certification, a doctor is expected to participate in continuing education. To see whether a doctor is certified, go toÂ certificationmatters.org.â€ť
Check for fellowship training
When youâ€™re looking for a DFWÂ back doctor, especially if youâ€™re thinking about minimally invasive procedures to end back pain, you also want to make the doctors youâ€™re considering have specialized fellowship training and extensive experience. Fellowship trained physicians have an additional year of intensive hands-on experience in a specific field of orthopedic surgery. Research shows that only about 10 percent of todayâ€™s spine surgeons have the experience and technical skill for minimally invasive procedures like kyphoplasty, micro endoscopic discectomy, minimally invasive endoscopic lumbar fusions (TLIF), and direct lateral minimally invasive anterior fusions (XLIF).
But, you shouldnâ€™t discount referrals from other people. Mine your friends, family, and coworkers for referrals as well. You might have people in your life who know of a great back doctor. And donâ€™t forget that no matter where the referral comes from, you want to make sure you do your due diligence.
Talk to your regular MD
Thereâ€™s nothing better than a referral from a trusted source, and when it comes to finding aÂ leading back doctor, a great first step is asking your regular MD. Or, if you see another type of doctor, like an allergist, optometrist, or an OB/GYN, ask them, too. Medical professionals tend to be well-connected and in the know, and should be a great resource for you.
â€śIf you know a doctor, nurse, or health care professional, ask for the names of doctors or practices in your area whom they like and trust,â€ť saidÂ Consumer Reports. â€śThat can be more inÂsightful than recommendations from friends or family.â€ť
Do a Google search
Of course the Internet is going to play a role when youâ€™re looking for a back doctor; itâ€™s one of the main ways we search for just about anything today. The best way to incorporate an online search into your quest for a great DFWÂ back doctor is to: Google individual doctor names and practice names, reading reviews and looking for any negative comments and red flags like malpractice claims and disciplinary actions. Consumer Reportsâ€™ â€śstate-by-state listÂ of links to state medical boards and other resources or checking up on doctorsâ€ť is a useful tool for culling this information.
Scour their websites
You can learn a lot about doctors just by looking through their websites. What procedures do they do? What kind of training do they have? Are they continuing to progress with new techniques and teaching or lecturing about their specialties? Do they have anyÂ patient testimonialsÂ on their site? These can be a goldmine when it comes to getting some deeper insight into the type of care you can expect.
For more information, contactÂ DISC Spine Institute, experts inÂ minimally invasive treatments, the most effective medical procedures to treat and eliminate chronic back pain.Â Subscribe toÂ Back StoriesÂ to stay up to date on all the latest posts.