What is a Spine Specialist?

December 16, 2021 | Brain and Spine Specialists

When researching neurologists, spine specialists, or brain specialists, you may notice that our office offers all three. Although there are many overlapping similarities, spine specialists are trained professionals with years of experience in their specific field.

Who is a Spine Specialist?

As a very basic definition, a Spine Specialist is a healthcare professional that specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions of the spine and the surrounding nervous system. The Spine providers at Brain and Spine Specialists are highly trained to diagnose, treat, and manage conditions that cause neck, shoulder, upper and lower back pain by offering comprehensive and personalized treatment methods.

Types of Services Offered by Spine Specialists

At Brain and Spine Specialists, our physicians offer the most advanced and practical techniques to support patients with spine related conditions. Unlike traditional orthopedic practices, our office strictly specializes in brain and spine treatment, allowing our team to be completely aware and informed of the latest methods and advances in technology. With years of dedicated spine practice, we specialize in treating conditions pertaining to physical and sports activity, preexisting conditions, hereditary conditions, and accidental injury.

Back Pain

Sometimes debilitating and often life-altering, chronic back pain can keep you from doing the things you love most. Commonly due to gradual degenerative changes as we age, back pain is something our specialists are quite familiar with. The pain you feel can be attributed to inflamed or compressed nerves. The most common conditions our specialists treat are bone spurs, degenerative disk disease, herniated disks, osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis.

Neck Pain

Consisting of seven vertebrae, the neck can be a complex part of the body. As we age, the neck becomes especially vulnerable to injuries and degenerative diseases due to normal wear and tear. The common causes of neck pain are conditions such as cervical stenosis, disc degeneration, herniated discs, osteoarthritis, sprains and strains, and whiplash. Our specialists know what to look for when diagnosing and treating patients with unique needs. Conventional neck pain treatments aim to improve your range of motion and strengthen the surrounding muscles by using anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants used in combination with physical therapy. If the patient’s pain persists after conventional treatments, our specialists will explore interventional pain management options like cervical epidural steroid injections and cervical facet blocks to target the affected nerves.

Interventional Pain Management

Spinal and neurological pain caused by degenerative conditions, spinal injuries, and inflammation is something our specialists have many years of experience treating. We evaluate a wide range of conditions such as arthritis, degenerative disk disease, herniated disks, scoliosis, and spinal stenosis. We treat the consequential pain by combining blocking techniques with procedures to repair the underlying responsible conditions. If your pain persists after rest and over-the-counter treatments, our team has the knowledge needed to develop an interventional pain management treatment plan tailored to your needs. Some of our methods include spinal injections, Botox® injections, and non-invasive magnetic stimulation.

Schedule your Consultation

If the pain you experience is an ongoing issue, your primary physician may refer you to a Spine Specialist – Especially if the neck, shoulder, upper or lower back pain is chronic. Trouble controlling bathroom urges, leg weakness, pain traveling down the leg, changes in the sensation of legs and feet, fever, or unexplained weight loss when accompanied by pain can be a key indicator of an underlying issue that warrants medical attention. Spine Specialists are experts in their field with the goal of giving their patients a higher quality of life. Talk to us today to see if a referral to Brain and Spine Specialists is right for you!