Choosing The Right Person To Treat Your Spine


One of the most essential parts of our body is our spine. It connects through the brain. A spinal disorder may affect a lot of our brain functions and may even cause our body to be paralyzed. A common complaint from medical patients related to spine is back pain. Back pain may either be severe or simple. Whether a back pain is severe or simple, it would really take time for it to heal. A simple back pain would take weeks to be treated while a severe back pain takes months or even longer. Because our spine is very sensitive and very essential for our body and brain functions, it is just reasonable for us to be very careful in choosing the right spine doctor or surgeon to treat our spinal problems or disorders.

In choosing a spine doctor or surgeon, we do not just rely on recommendations. We must bear in mind that we are going to trust them with our lives. A good spine surgeon or a spine doctor does not rush to recommending a surgical treatment for our spinal problem or back pain in order for them to earn. A spine surgeon or a spine doctor has the responsibility to educate their patients on when it is necessary to go through a spine surgery. It is their responsibility to let you go through conservative back pain treatments first before they recommend a surgical option. Their responsibility also includes helping us in making a decision whether we are going to have a surgical procedure done or not.

We also should consider a spine doctor or a spine surgeon’s experience in spine surgery. It is always better to trust a spine surgeon who has more successful surgical experiences with our lives than those who just had few experiences. This is when we may consider recommendations from those who have had successful spine surgeries already.

Most patients are also confused in choosing the right spine doctor or spine surgeon. They usually do not know who to consult, an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon. Although there are some medical practitioners who focus on spinal surgery, there are also some who handle other medical conditions other than spine disorders. In this case, if we are not able to find a spine surgeon and our choices are either orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon, we have to identify what specific disorder we have.

A neurosurgeon deals with spine surgeries related to tumors and the brain. An Orthopedic surgeon primarily deals with deformities. So before we decide who to choose, we should be able to identify what particular disorder we have. However, if there is an available spine surgeon, it is best to seek his help instead of the other two. A spine surgeon knows best the different spine surgery procedures, how and when to perform them.

Any damage done by a non-expert spine surgeon on our spine may cause a very serious medical problem. These problems would mostly be those that greatly affect our brain functions.