Spine Specialists and Healthcare Providers
Types of providers patients consulted
Primary care physicians (90%), pain management specialists (69%), and orthopaedic surgeons (57%) were most commonly seen by the survey participants (n=764). The responses were gathered from patients with different spinal conditions affecting the neck (cervical spine), mid back (thoracic spine), and/or low back (lumbar/sacral regions).
Specialists Most Often Seen
Furthermore, approximately, 15% sought care from complementary alternative medicine specialists. Thirty-six percent (36%) indicated they have seen a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professional to help cope with chronic back pain.
Diagnosing Healthcare Providers
|Primary Care Physician||21%||30%||20%|
|Pain Medicine Specialist||13%||13%||11%|
Healthcare Appointment Outcomes
Patients with chronic back pain (n=764) were asked what was discussed during their appointment; which examinations were performed, tests ordered, and their perception of the healthcare professional and his/her medical and office staff.
|Family's medical history||63%|
|Asked what may have caused pain to start||77%|
|Describe "your" pain||94%|
|Describe how pain affects "your" life||67%|
|Performed a physical examination||86%|
|Performed a neurological examination||82%|
|Checked range of motion||78%|
|Diagnostic spinal injection||39%|
How patients' perceived the attitudes of healthcare providers and their staffs. More than half of the patients who responded to this question indicated they felt their physician was sincere.
|Attitude||Physician||Medical Staff||Office Staff|