Back doctors are fellowship-trained or specialty-trained medical providers who have been trained to assess, diagnose, and treat back injuries and conditions, such as herniated discs, sciatica, and scoliosis. These specialists are highly skilled at providing pain management as well as pain relief for the spine, and they specialize in performing a wide array of nonsurgical and surgical procedures and treatments, from minimally invasive surgeries to epidural injections.

At Orthopedic Associates in St. Louis, our back specialist has extensive experience in back injuries and conditions, including work-related issues of the spine, as well as advanced fellowship training in orthopedic spine surgery. Our back doctor, Dr. Christopher O'Boynick, has gone beyond standard medical training to gain in-depth knowledge in orthopedic spine care and surgical treatments, including spinal fusion, total disc replacement, and minimally invasive surgery. Whether your back pain is the result of a herniated disc or a work-related injury, our spine expert is committed to providing you with the compassionate, specialized spine care you need to get back to an active, healthy lifestyle.

Signs of a Back Injury or Condition

Your specific type of back pain or symptoms offer insights into your back problem. If you are experiencing any of the following, you may need to consult with a doctor or surgeon who specializes in the spine:

  • Back pain that increases when you move
  • Back pain that radiates down into your leg
  • Chronic pain
  • Lumbar pain (lower back pain)
  • Muscle spasms or weakness
  • Neck pain in addition to back pain
  • Numbness
  • Problems sleeping due to back pain
  • Swelling

If you have any of the symptoms above, your back doctor may diagnose you with one of these back injuries or conditions:

  • Bulging, ruptured, or herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Pinched nerve
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis

Superior Access to Exceptional Back Care

At Orthopedic Associates, our team of board-certified specialists and staff strive for excellence in orthopedic medicine and podiatry, offering exceptional knowledge and skill in every patient encounter. When diagnosing injuries and conditions, our doctors and surgeons consider all factors and options before offering a care recommendation, and they are committed to attempting nonsurgical treatment options first before recommending surgery. Our fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Christopher O'Boynick, will work with you to develop a custom treatment plan that specifically meets your individual needs and concerns.

However, for advanced conditions or serious injuries, spine surgery may be the best treatment choice. If this is true for you, you can move forward in confidence knowing our dedicated spine surgeon is board-certified, has additional fellowship training in spine surgery, and will perform your surgery with care, skill, and precision. Our spine surgeon's areas of expertise include:

  • Minimally invasive lumbar decompression
  • Minimally invasive lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Motion-sparing lumbar spine surgery
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Spinal fusions
  • Total disc replacement

All along the way—from diagnosis to treatment and surgery as well as postoperative recovery—we are here for you. Our additional services, including digital X-ray, MRI, durable medical equipment (DME), physical therapy, and our state-of-the-art surgery center, are all conveniently accessible to you.

We also have the following locations available to you in St. Louis as well as throughout Missouri and Illinois:

To schedule an appointment with our back surgeon, please call (314) 569-0616 or use the button below.

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