Our specialty-trained back doctors at BoulderCentre for Orthopedics are the area's distinguished experts in the diagnosis and treatment of patients' back injuries and conditions.

Back pain is something that most people will experience at some point in their life. The back, otherwise known as the thoracic and lumbar spine, is a complex structure of bones, discs, cartilage, and nerves that can experience damage, pain, and injury for a number of reasons. Sports-related injuries and traumatic accidents, such as a car crash, can bring on intense pain while arthritis is more of a chronic pain that does not subside. Back pain does have the potential to develop into something more serious, so it's important for patients to seek medical care from a doctor or physician who can diagnose the back injury or condition and offer treatment options to provide pain relief. There are times when spine surgery is necessary in order to get patients back to a healthy, active lifestyle and an experienced surgeon who is fellowship-trained in spine surgery has the expertise to perform minimally invasive spinal procedures.

Know When It's Time to See a Back Doctor Near You 

You should make an appointment with a doctor near you to discuss treatment options if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Aches or feeling of weakness in your legs and arms
  • Back pain that gets worse when standing or walking
  • Chronic back pain that does not get better
  • Inability to control your legs or arms
  • Muscle spasms in the back and neck
  • Pain after lifting an object or performing a sports activity
  • Pain that radiates from your spine down to your buttocks, legs, and feet
  • Pain that radiates from your spine up to your shoulders and arms
  • Tingling or numbness in your legs and arms

These symptoms may be an indication of a more serious injury or condition like the following, which our back doctors can diagnose and treat:

  • Bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Strain of the muscles

Our back specialists understand that pain in your back, neck, and spine can dramatically affect your daily life. To consult with one of our physicians, you can request an appointment online or call 303.449.2730 for an appointment. We have locations in Boulder and Lafayette.

Get Your Life Back in Motion With BoulderCentre for Orthopedics

When it comes to choosing the right doctor to treat your injury or condition, there are a number of factors that you should take into consideration, including their professional training and level of expertise.

Our board-certified specialists at BoulderCentre for Orthopedics, Benjamin T. Bjerke, MDDirk W. Dolbeare, MD, and Elizabeth F. Yurth, MD, have completed specialty training specifically in the back, neck, and spine. Our doctors have the advanced skills, knowledge, and expertise needed in order to diagnose and treat your back injury or condition individually to your specific needs and develop a treatment plan this is unique to you.

Before suggesting surgery, our doctors will always recommend conservative treatment methods first to provide care for your back injury or condition, such as:

  • Alpha 2 macroglobulin injections
  • Amniotic membrane injections
  • Intradiscal electrothermal annuloplasty
  • Percutaneous decompression
  • PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections
  • Radiofrequency neurolysis
  • Spinal injections
  • Stem cell injections

However, there are some instances where these nonsurgical treatment methods do not provide adequate pain relief and surgery is necessary in order to restore your health. A fellowship-trained surgeon can offer minimally invasive spine procedures that will help renew your back, neck, and spine function. 

In addition to providing state-of-the-art nonsurgical care, our doctors also work closely with our physical therapists, taking a team approach in your treatment and recovery with the goal of getting you back to your healthy, active lifestyle.

To consult with one of our BoulderCentre for Orthopedics back doctors about your injury or condition and the available treatment options, please request an appointment online or call 303.449.2730.