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Our fellowship-trained and board-certified back doctors at EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division consistently deliver exceptional back care to the residents of Asheville, Arden/Fletcher, Hendersonville, and the surrounding communities.

Due to the unique anatomy of the back, neck, and spine, determining the cause or source of your back pain is challenging. Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, orthopedists, and spine surgeons often work together to diagnose and treat back pain for patients through a wide range of treatments from conservative, nonsurgical approaches to minimally-invasive surgical procedures. 

At EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division, our back doctors are medical experts and orthopedic surgeons who are dedicated to helping our patients with back pain by using their advanced training and education to assess, diagnose, and treat simple and complex back injuries and conditions, from a sprain or strain to a herniated disc.

The symptoms of a back injury or condition can indicate if you need to see a specialist, the type of condition you may have, or how severe your back injury may be. Take note of symptoms you are experiencing, especially if they are similar to those listed below. This will be valuable information to share with your back doctor since it can help to properly diagnose your ailment and find the best treatment for you.

  • Back spasms
  • Buttock and upper leg pain
  • Pain confined to the lower back area (below the rib cage)
  • Pain that flares up then subsides
  • Pain that worsens when standing or walking
  • Persistent aching
  • Swelling
  • Tightness

These symptoms could indicate that you have sustained one of the following injuries or conditions that can be treated by our experts at one of our four convenient locations in Asheville – McDowell, Asheville – LivingstonArden/Fletcher, or Hendersonville. Treatments for the back and related injuries and conditions may be conservative or require back surgery. 

  • Ankylosing spondylitis 
  • Compression fractures
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Herniated discs
  • Nerve issues
  • Osteoporosis
  • Paget’s disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Strained lumbar

Excellence & Exceptional Back Care in Asheville

At EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division, we understand that choosing the best doctor to treat your back pain is an important decision. It requires you to consider several things; most notably, the doctor’s knowledge and experience in treating back conditions and injuries, which is why we pride ourselves in having the most fellowship-trained doctors and surgeons in the Asheville region.

Dr. Stephen David, Dr. Michael Goebel, and Dr. John Hicks are our orthopedic spine surgeons who have accomplished additional training through a fellowship specifically in the back, neck, and spine. Additionally, Dr. Daniel Hankley, interventional physiatrist is also fellowship-trained in spinal injection procedures and specializes in the nonoperative management of neck and back pain. Our back doctors intimately understand how to treat your back issue and will help guide you to a better quality of life through reduced or eliminated pain. They also benefit from the collective knowledge of our entire staff of orthopedic and spine experts in conservative care, surgery, and therapy, which allows them to discuss cases, share knowledge, and bring the best treatment options to you. Regardless of your diagnosis and the treatment you receive, our doctors are committed to working with you every step along your journey to reduce or eliminate pain, and they always recommend conservative treatment first before offering surgery options.

If you feel the time is right for you to meet with an expert to discuss your back issue, you can make an appointment online or call us at (828) 258-8800. We also offer an orthopedic urgent care for injuries or conditions that can't wait for an appointment. Please click here for the availability of our Orthopedic Urgent Care locations in Asheville, Arden/Fletcher, and Hendersonville.

For more information on back injuries and conditions, please visit our Athlete and Parent’s Online Guide to Sports Medicine