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Suffering with chronic pain often leads to many questions. The experienced physiatrists at Peachtree Spine have created resources and gathered information to help you make an informed decision about your health. We’ve included information about the physiatrist specialization for medical doctors, explanations of different types of pain and their potential causes, and information about common causes of chronic pain. If you’d like to learn more about specific treatments, visit our treatment options page. Follow the links on this page to learn detailed information about various symptoms and conditions, including recommendations about when to see a doctor.


Physiatrists are specialized medical doctors

Physiatrists are specialized medical doctors (MDs) who diagnose and treat pain, injuries, and disorders of the back and neck using cutting-edge, non-surgical treatments.

The goal is to eliminate back pain and maximize physical function in the back and neck. Back pain can be caused by a variety of injuries, illnesses, and conditions. Our experienced doctors will work with you to help you determine the cause of your pain and the most effective and least invasive treatment option.

While some people may get physiatrists confused with chiropractors, they are very different. As medical doctors, physiatrists will have a wider variety of treatment options available for you, including MRIs, injections, and blocks. A physiatrist often coordinates care with other doctors and specialists, including physical therapists and neurologists.

Physiatrists treat a wide variety of injuries and disorders, including herniated discs, facet joint pain, whiplash, and spinal stenosis.


Common types of back and neck pain

The type of back or neck pain you experience is determined by many factors, including the type of illness or injury. Common back pain symptoms include:

  • Sharp, shooting, or radiating pain in the spinal cord, lower back, or down the leg
  • Numbness and tingling in the lower back or any extremities
  • Tightness or aching sensations in the muscles
  • Loss of control of fine motor skills or coordination

To learn more about various types of pain, click on the following links:

Head and Neck Pain

Lower Back Pain

Pain Down the Leg

Arm Pain

Sciatica (lower back pain and possible pain down the leg caused by the compression or irritation of spinal nerve roots that are connected to the sciatic nerve)


Common causes of back and neck pain

If you would like to learn more about a specific condition, we’ve created an information page on some of the most common injuries and disorders that cause back and neck pain. Each page features definitions, common causes, symptoms, and potential treatment options.

Herniated Disc


Spinal Stenosis

Degenerative Disc Disease

Facet Joint Pain

Post-Laminectomy Syndrome





Myofascial Pain Syndrome