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Sudden Herniation Type Pain Caused by Arthritis?


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Old 01-21-2015, 10:02 AM   #16
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Re: Sudden Herniation Type Pain Caused by Arthritis?

So now I have a question about seeing a Neurologist or Neuro Surgeon. Which one should I see? I hear some people on here recommending going to a Neuro Surgeon (especially if you are dealing with Lumbar problems), saying that a good one is just so much better informed and knowledgeable about the inner workings of the spine. Any thoughts on that?

 
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:26 PM   #17
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Re: Sudden Herniation Type Pain Caused by Arthritis?

If you have spine problems you need to go to a spine specialist surgeon. That could be a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon that has specialized training in the spine and limits their practice to only spine related issues. They are the experts in treating all things spine...

A neurologist will know something about spine issues because they can cause neurological symptoms. That's what a neurologist does; they diagnose and treat diseases with neurological symptoms. There are a lot of these, from fibromyalgia, to brain tumor to cancer etc, etc. They are more generalists of neurological disease and are not specifically trained in spine issues nor are they normally surgeons.

You may have both a spine specialist and a neurologist when you have spine issues and other neurological symptoms (which is the case with me). Spine specialists and neurologists may work together indirectly as well. For instance, spine specialists do not typically do EMGs that test the health of your nerves, and neurologists do. Such information can be useful to the spine specialist when deciding on a treatment plan.

In your case I would definitely start with a spine specialist...

 
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Re: Sudden Herniation Type Pain Caused by Arthritis?

You can see either a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon. Just be sure that for either specialty, the practice is limited to issues of the neck and spine. If surgery should be recommended, I would suggest you get an opinion from one of each. While their training is similar, sometimes they look at things slightly differently.

 
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