Many people may associate a neurosurgeon with a surgeon operating on the brain. While this is the case, neurosurgeons care for the entire nervous system, which starts in the brain, travels down the spine, and branches outward toward the rest of the body. In reality, neurosurgeons treat leg pain, neck pain, back pain, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, and herniated discs.
Often, when you feel pain, it travels from the nervous system. This means that the area where you feel pain may not be the source of your pain. For example, pain in the hands resembling a condition such as carpal tunnel may be a cervical spinal issue. If your hand hurts, you may need to see a neurosurgeon, even though the pain is not from their expertise.
A neurosurgeon is an ideal doctor to see for back and neck pain. Not only are they highly skilled and knowledgeable about conservative treatment options, their surgical procedures and technologies are more advanced than ever. The Swift Institute neurosurgery team specializes in treating complex back and neck conditions using a variety of spine surgeries, including minimally invasive spine surgery to reconstruction of the back.
While neurosurgeons are experts in complex spine surgeries; the neurosurgeon team at Swift Institute will exhaust all non-surgical treatment options before exploring spine surgery. A neurosurgeon will work with you to develop a progressive plan to diagnose and treat your condition without surgery. Certain conditions, for example, can be effectively treated by utilizing injection therapy, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs. Whether it is chronic back pain, neck pain, trauma, or a degenerative issue, a neurosurgeon can identify and treat all conditions of the complex nervous system. The Swift Institute neurosurgeon team works with each patient to determine the ideal treatment options for the diagnosed condition to achieve the best possible outcome.