Back Pain in 2nd & 3rd Decades of Life
Medical Author: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
I am a rheumatologist. We are medical doctors that are responsible for the non-surgical treatments of conditions that involve the muscles and joints of the body. We do not perform surgery, but refer patients for consideration of surgical procedures to orthopaedic surgeons when appropriate.
In the course of treating many patients over the years, I have come upon many instances in which a patient had received unnecessary surgery for conditions that could have either been diagnosed or treated without surgery.
It is unfortunately too frequent that we diagnose spondylitis after a patient has already undergone a surgical procedure of the low back.