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What is a back pain doctor?
A back pain doctor is a medical professional who specialises in the spine and treats spine conditions. They can also be referred to as spine specialists and chiropractors.
Here are some back pain doctors to consider:
Dr Thor Timothy
|Address||Novena Pain Management Clinic |
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, 38 Irrawady Road, #08-50, Singapore 329563The Pain & Perioperative Clinic @ Farrer
Farrer Park Hospital, 1 Farrer Station Road, 1 Connexion, #15-19, Singapore 217562
+65 8860 1861
|Operating Hours||Monday – Friday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM |
Saturday: 9:00AM – 12:30PM
Healing Hands Chiropractic
|Address||422 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, |
Singapore 560422203 Bedok North Street 1,
Singapore 46020335 Rochester Dr,
#03-09 Rochester Mall,
Singapore 13863921 Jurong Gateway Road,
#03-01 CPF Building,
Singapore 60854624 Raffles Place,
#12-06A Clifford Centre,
Singapore 0486211 Coleman St,
#03-24 The Adelphi,
|Telephone||Ang Mo Kio +65 6836 6151 |
Bedok +65 6970 6979
Rochester Mall +65 6778 1660
Jurong +65 6702 8012
Raffles +65 6532 2337
City Hall +65 6337 1607
|Operating Hours||Mon, Thurs : 10.00am – 1.30pm, 3.00pm – 8.30pm |
Tues : 2.30pm – 8.30pm
Wed : 9.00am – 8.00pm
Sat : 9.00am – 1.00pm,1.30pm – 4pm
Dr Choo Chee Yong
|Address||38 Irrawaddy Road, 08-50, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore 329563|
|Telephone||+65 6694 3833|
|Operating Hours||Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM |
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
|Address||#02-13, 205 Hougang St 21 Singapore 530205 |
#04-06, 21 Jurong Gateway Rd Singapore 608546
#B1-49, 930 Yishun Ave 2 Singapore 769098
#09-06, 10 Sinaran Dr Singapore 307506
#10-08, 80 Marine Parade Rd Singapore 449269
#06-05A, 5 Tampines Central 1 Singapore 529541
#12-06, 298 Tiong Bahru Road Singapore 168730
#05-02, 111 Somerset Rd, Singapore 238164
|Telephone||Kovan +65 6385 7577 |
Jurong +65 6425 6618
Northpoint +65 6754 0010
Novena +65 6684 6563
Parkway Parade +65 6344 1192
Tampines +65 6223 0955
Tiong Bahru +65 6261 3053
Somerset +65 6235 5691
|Operating Hours||Kovan |
Mon – Fri:
Mon – Sun:
Mon – Fri:
Mon – Fri:
Mon – Fri:
Mon – Fri:
Mon – Fri:
Live Well Chiropractic
|Address||RIVERVALE MALL, 11 RIVERVALE CRESCENT # 01-29/30 SINGAPORE 545082|
|Telephone||+65 6284 4878|
|Operating Hours||Sunday: 10am–6pm |
Monday – Friday: 10 am–9 pm
Dr Theo Kieu
|Address||MALACCA CENTRE 20 Malacca St #09-00 Singapore 048979|
+65 6336 4063
|Operating Hours||Mon – Thu: 9:00am-3:30pm 5:00-7:00pm |
Sat 9:00-3:00pmSunday Closed
Dr Brian Morris
|Address||307 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427558|
|Telephone||+65 9176 8065|
|Operating Hours||Monday: Closed |
Tuesday 10–11 am
|Address||TripleOne Somerset #08-13, 111 Somerset Rd, Singapore, 238164|
|Telephone||+65 9810 9909|
|Operating Hours||Monday: 3:30–8pm, Tuesday: 8:30am–1:30pm, 3:30–8pm, Thursday: 10:30am–1:30pm, 3:30–8pm, Saturday: 9am–2pm|
Dr David Liew
|Address||8 Eu Tong Sen St, #11-84 The Central, Singapore 059818|
|Telephone||+65 6681 6698|
|Operating Hours||Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday: 8:30 AM to 7 PM |
Weds: 8:30 AM to 12 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM to 1 PM
Sunday: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Elder Chiropractic Clinic
|Address||#02-19 The Bencoolen Singapore 189646|
|Telephone||(+65) 6235 9843|
|Operating Hours||Monday – Saturday: 8 am – 5 pm |
What does a back pain doctor do?
A back pain doctor can evaluate your back condition and offer appropriate advice and treatment to help alleviate your back pain. You may also be referred to another back specialist depending on your condition.
When you visit a back pain doctor, the back pain doctor will perform several physical examinations to determine the cause of your back pain. This includes checking for strength, sensation, reflexes, and tenderness. After assessing your condition, the back pain doctor will then explain your condition’s details and the recommended treatment.
When to see a back pain doctor
Many people may think it is unnecessary to visit a back pain doctor and burn a hole in their pockets when many home remedies are available to cure back pain. However, if you have tried resting, therapy, taking pain relievers and your back pain does not seem to get better, it is a signal for you to visit a back pain doctor.
People who experience severe back pain and other symptoms such as numbness and tingling of legs, difficulty walking, and loss of bowel or bladder function should immediately seek medical attention from a back pain doctor. A back pain doctor will assess your condition and identify the cause of your back pain.
Why see a back pain doctor
Causes of back pain
Sprains and strains
Sprains and strains are the most common cause of back pain, and this type of back pain can usually be treated at home with ample rest and an ice pack. Sprains and strains happen when a person overstretches or tears a ligament while using the same muscle. You may experience swelling, tenderness, and muscle spasms as symptoms of back sprains and strains.
You may experience immediate back pain after an injury such as falls, sports injuries, and road accidents. This type of back pain is usually associated with numbness and tingling down your legs. If you have minor injuries, you can treat the back pain at home with an ice pack and ample rest. However, you will need to seek help from a back pain doctor if you have more severe injuries.
Cauda equina syndrome
Cauda equina syndrome is a rare condition that develops when the lower part of the spinal cord is damaged. Symptoms of this condition include severe lower back pain, difficulty walking, numbness, and weakness in one or both legs, bowel and bladder issues. This condition is considered a medical emergency because it can lead to serious complications if the patient does not receive immediate treatment. Surgery is usually performed to reduce the risk of permanent paralysis.
Sometimes, the spine and surrounding tissues can get infected with harmful bacteria, viruses, or fungi. When other parts of the body get infected and travel to the spine, spinal infections can occur. Symptoms of the spinal disease include severe back pain, fever, and chills, muscle spasms, loss of sensation in the legs, swelling, flushing, and tenderness in the back. Patients may be prescribed medications or surgery to relieve the pressure on the spine.
Degenerative disc disease
This disease happens when the discs between the spinal vertebrae begin to wear down. These discs act as protective cushions. When they degenerate, the vertebrae rub against each other and cause back pain. Patients who have degenerative disc disease can try physical and occupational therapy and take prescribed pain medications. Surgery may be recommended if the above treatments don’t work.
Sciatica happens when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed. It can be caused by spinal stenosis and a ruptured disc. A person with sciatica may also experience numbness or burning sensations in their legs. Sciatica can be treated at home with pain relievers, ice packs, and rest for mild symptoms. For more severe symptoms, surgery may be required.
Scoliosis is a back condition when there the spine grows sideways that cause uneven shoulder and hips. Scoliosis is often found in female children aged 11 to 12. A back brace may be recommended for a child with scoliosis as it prevents further spine curving. For adults, pain medications are prescribed, and exercises can be done to improve posture and flexibility. For patients with severe scoliosis, surgery is recommended to straighten the spine.
Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal canal narrows. This can place pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. It is a common condition in people above 50 years old. Symptoms of spinal stenosis include lower back pain, sciatica, difficulty walking, and numbness or weakness in the legs. Minor spinal stenosis can be treated at home with prescribed painkillers and exercises to strengthen the back muscles and improve mobility.
Factors to consider before seeing a back pain doctor
The severity of back pain
If you experience severe back pain, you should not hesitate to seek help from a back pain doctor immediately or as soon as possible. This is because severe back pain can signify a medical condition that needs immediate medical attention and treatment. If you experience minor back pain, you can try resting and taking pain relievers at home and monitor the back pain.
It would be helpful to set up a budget before visiting a back pain doctor because you will most likely need to re-visit for a few sessions for checkups. With a budget in mind, you can narrow your searches to a few back pain doctors that fit within your budget.
Choosing a back pain doctor that is near your home and workplace saves you time and transport costs. Since you are most likely to pay a few more visits to the back pain doctors for follow-up sessions, having a back pain doctor near you brings much convenience.
Depending on the severity of your back pain, you may or may not need to visit a back pain doctor. However, it is advised to seek help from a back pain doctor for severe and persisting back pain even after taking pain relievers and resting at home. While experiencing back pain may not seem like a serious issue, it may signal a more serious underlying condition.
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