by Peter Hamlyn
If you have been suffering from back pain, neck pain or spine problems and conservative management has not helped to ease your symptoms, you may need to see a spinal neurosurgeon.
Conservative management can include rest, a change in lifestyle, medication, physiotherapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic and simply allowing time to heal the problem. If you have tried a combination of these approaches with no success, then it could be time to seek further help.
If you have a more pressing concern, such as uncontrollable pain, progressive numbness or bladder and bowel trouble, then you should seek to see a spinal neurosurgeon more urgently.
Don’t believe the old-fashioned myth that spinal neurosurgeons aren’t interested in treating neck pain and back pain on their own – they will be more than happy to see you and help to relieve your suffering.
What Does a Spinal Neurosurgeon Do?
Spinal neurosurgeons investigate conditions of the spine, such as bad backs, sciatica, slipped discs, neck pain and fractures. They also diagnose any problems and administer treatments such as injections, conservative therapy and surgery.
What Does My Appointment Involve?
The spinal neurosurgeon will discuss your symptoms and medical history with you first of all. He will then carry out an examination of your spine and limbs and review the results of any tests. He may order more investigations to be carried out but he will also want to see old X-rays, scans and records, so make sure to bring these along. Once you have been thoroughly assessed and a diagnosis has been made, your treatment will begin.
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