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    I have recently been experiencing some pain in my back, do I need to spine specialist?

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    I am 24 years old and I have recently started experiencing some nagging pain in my back around the base of my spine, does this mean that I need to make an appointment to see a spine specialist?
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    Dr Brian Hsu

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Brian Hsu is an Adult and Paediatric Spine surgeon based in Sydney. Dr Hsu received his medical degree from the University of Sydney before … View Profile

    The most common reason I see patients is for neck or back problems that are not improving. There was a time when everyone who had a twinge of pain was referred but these days first-line treatment guidelines are well disseminated and practiced by health practitioners. I now see more patients with persistent problems, neurological symptoms, and scoliosis.

  • Dr Ben Schutte


    I am a vitalistic chiropractor. Vitalism as a concept, in part, means that the whole is much more than the some of the parts. The … View Profile

    Low back pain is very common. The most common cause is functional in nature and not pathological. So from that point of view, your first port of call is to consult a primary care physician that deals with these problems every day. The initial consultation should include a detailed history and examination to rule out serious causes for your back pain. Chiropractors are eminently qualified to provide you with this initial consultation. There after there would be schedule of care to see if spinal adjustments, exercise prescriptions and ergonomic advice over 3-6 weeks is helping if not eliminating your back pain

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