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Ask An Expert

Ask an Expert: Do I need back surgery?

Q: “My back problem seems to be getting progressively worse. I’ve been taking medication for the pain, but at what point should I consider surgery?”

Ski and Snowboard Safety Tips

As ski season approaches, skiers and snowboarders can’t wait to hit the snow and leave their first tracks of the year. Before you step into your bindings, keep in mind that a day on the slopes can be dangerous.

Forms Instructions

New Patient Forms: PMG-Hood River Orthopedic Center

To prepare for your visit with Dr. John Durkan please bring this completed form with you for your initial appointment. In addition we will also need your photo ID and current medical insurance card.

Recommended Resource

AAOS Spine and Neck

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Spine and Neck page

Aetna InteliHealth: Chronic Pain

Aetna’s resource page for chronic pain including how to measure pain with scales and tools for managing with medication.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

AAOS landing page with resources to all topics regarding musculoskeletal health.

American Chronic Pain Association

American Chronic Pain Association main page with search for conditions, treatments and medication and pain management tools.

FamilyDoctor.org: Chronic pain medicines

FamilyDoctor.org page on Chronic pain, how to identify and treatment resources.

FamilyDoctor.org: Medicamentos para el dolor cronico (Chronic Pain Meds in Spanish)

FamilyDoctor.org page on Chronic pain, translated to Spanish.

Healthfinder.gov page on Back Pain

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthfinder.gov page describing back pain, best treatments and other resources.

Healthfinder.gov: Pain

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services page on Pain, how to identify, treat and relevant resources.

Low back pain: Exercises to reduce pain

Low back pain is very common among adults and is often caused by overuse and muscle strain or injury. Treatment can help you stay as active as possible. And it will help you understand that some continued or repeated back pain is not surprising or dangerous.

Mayo Clinic Back Pain Page

Provides definition, symptoms and references for seeking treatment.

Mayo Clinic Neck Pain Page

Mayo Clinic’s definition, symptoms and references for seeking treatment of neck pain.

Medline Plus Page on Back Pain

Medline Plus landing page describing back pain, best treatments and other resources.

Medline Plus: Pain

The National Library of Medicine’s online tool Medline Plus provides definition and treatment resources for pain management.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

NIAMS landing page with search for conditions in the health index and related resources.

Spine Health Conservative Care for Back Pain

Spine Health page with instructions on conservative ways to deal with back pain without surgery.

Spine Health Trusted Information for Back and Neck Pain

Spine Health main page with information about back and neck pain.

Check Your Symptoms: Back problems and injuries

Most people will have a minor back problem at one time or another. Our body movements usually do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or injury. Back problems and injuries often occur during sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks, or home projects.