Dr. Irby Working in Richmond, VA

As a prominent Richmond back doctor, Dr. Irby has seen and diagnosed many spinal and back disorders, with only a fraction of these cases actually requiring any surgery. In fact, many of the most common back issues can be treated with conservative treatments. Below you will find a list of the most common back disorders that we see in our Richmond, Virginia office. Dr. Irby’s mission is to provide relief to those experiencing pain due to back disorders, so if you’re experiencing severe back pain, contact Dr. Irby today.

Herniated/Ruptured Disc

When part of a disc is pushed out of place. If it presses on the nerve it can cause pain down the leg which is called sciatica. Most herniated discs heal without back surgery. Learn the conservative methods of treatment before entering into the decision to proceed with spinal surgery.


Displacement of one vertebra on another. Treatment can be as easy as anti-inflammatory medications and good back exercises or as involved as a lumbar fusion combined with fixation.

Degenerative Disc Disease

The slow deterioration of discs between the vertebrae.Narrowing of the shock absorbent discs is a normal occurrence associated with aging but can be expedited by sport activity with repeated impact on the spinal column.

Spinal Stenosis

Narrowing of the spinal canal that causes pressure on the nerves. Read more about spinal stenosis here to help you decide on your next course of action.


As referenced above, sciatica is actually a set of symptoms, and not an actual disease or condition as it is commonly referred to as. If you’re experiencing symptoms that are a result of irritation to the sciatic nerve, then you can find information here about what is causing it, and how to move forward with treatment.