Back Doctor

At Casper Orthopedics, our fellowship-trained back doctors are experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating back injuries and conditions.

Back doctors are medical experts who have the knowledge and skills to treat back pain that is chronic as well as back pain resulting from a one-time injury. They often work with patients who are coping with back pain that has been caused by overuse or misuse on the job. However, back doctors also treat patients with pain that has developed over time, such as when a person's poor posture over the years begins to cause problems. They understand how to help people dealing with degenerative diseases too, such as osteoarthritis, but are just as knowledgeable working with athletes with sports-related back injuries.

A skilled back specialist will have experience working with all these different groups of patients, which gives them both breadth and depth of knowledge about the back and back pain. They will also know how to help those patients who are dealing with back, neck, and spine issues.

When Should You Visit a Back Doctor?

It's important to be aware of the specific issues surrounding your back pain so you can tell your doctor specifically what you are experiencing. Sharing this information with your doctor can help him or her better understand what might be causing your pain and what treatments to offer. Here are some common symptoms that patients with back conditions experience:

  • Aching on one side of the lower back
  • Back is stiff when you wake up
  • Buttocks pain
  • Chronic aching
  • Numbness or tingling (may be felt in legs or arms too)
  • Pain after lifting
  • Pain increases after sitting
  • Pain worsens when you rest
  • Spasming
  • Upper leg or thigh pain

If you have any of these symptoms or are experiencing another type of back, neck, or spine pain, you may have one of the following medical conditions:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disc damage (such as a rupture)
  • Facet disease
  • Muscle strains
  • Nerve entrapment or a pinched nerve
  • Osteoporosis
  • Paget's disease (bone growth abnormality)
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)

To treat your back condition or injury, our back doctors will exhaust all conservative treatment options before recommending surgery. Please be assured that if spine surgery is necessary, our surgeons use state-of-the-art technology to perform the latest surgical procedures, such as artificial disc replacement, discectomy, and complex cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral reconstruction surgery.

Our back specialists understand that back, neck, and spine pain can alter your daily lifestyle and is dedicated to getting you back to the activities you love. To schedule an appointment at our locations in Casper or Douglas, please call (307) 265-7205 or click on the Appointment Request button. 

If immediate attention is required for your back injury or condition, you can visit our OrthoCare Now at our Casper location. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.

Experience Proven Results at Casper Orthopedics

Our board-certified and fellowship-trained spine doctor and surgeon at Casper Orthopedics, Trevor P. Gessel, M.D. and Stefan N. Yakel, D.O., provide compassionate, experienced care for injuries and conditions of the back, neck, and spine. When a doctor is fellowship-trained, it means they have completed an extra year of schooling that focused on a specific body part or area of specialty, like sports medicine. With this additional training, our back specialists have the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat your back, neck, or spine condition or injury. Our doctors will always use nonsurgical treatment methods, such as epidural injections, facet injections, or sacroiliac injections, before proposing surgery. However, our spine surgeons have vast experience in spine surgery if it is needed.

Working closely with our spine specialists, our specialty-trained physical and occupational therapists provide comprehensive rehabilitation services. Our entire team is focused on developing a treatment plan that is specific to your goals and needs in order to get you back to your active lifestyle.

To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic back doctors, please call (307) 265-7205 or request an appointment online.