It isn’t brain surgery.
That might be your reaction if told that you need a neurosurgeon to cure your carpal tunnel syndrome. After all, doesn’t a neurosurgeon operate on your brain?
Well, yeah, but conditions affecting the brain are only a part of what a neurosurgeon treats. That’s because a neurosurgeon’s focus is on the entire nervous system, which runs like a complex, interconnected network from your brain, through your spine, and branching out to every area of your body.
Physical pain is nerve-related. That’s why pinched nerves, sciatica, general neck, back, or leg pain – even that carpal tunnel ache in your wrist – often require the care and treatment of a doctor who specializes in neurosurgery.
Here are five reasons why you may need a neurosurgeon to treat or manage your neuropathic pain:
- Neurosurgeons are specially trained. These specialists undergo the longest period of preparatory education of any medical specialty. That includes four years of medical school, a year of internship, and up to seven years of residency. Plus, many become fellowship trained in a specific area, such as the spine. Not only that, but most neurosurgeons continue their education in order to stay abreast of new surgical techniques. This intense training enables neurosurgeons to perform complicated procedures – and provide you with the most comprehensive and effective care and treatment.
- A neurosurgeon is better equipped to get to the root of your problem. Some pain can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication or physical therapy. However, when pain persists and the source of it is unclear, it may be the result of a neurological issue only a neurosurgeon can determine. Whether your pain is the result of a trauma or degenerative disorder, a neurosurgeon can provide you with a more comprehensive view of the neurological condition that is affecting you and work with you to design the best treatment plan.
- Back and neck surgery requires special skills. Surgeries involving the spine and other areas of the nervous system are both delicate and complex. Neurosurgeons are the only medical professionals trained and qualified to successfully perform these complicated surgical procedures.
- Neurosurgeons use the most advanced technology and techniques available. The newest, state-of-the-art equipment and medical procedures enable neurosurgeons to perform the least invasive and most precise surgery necessary for positive outcomes. For example, neurosurgeons use special instruments that create the smallest incisions needed to access your affected area. Also, with sophisticated three-dimensional imaging technology, a neurosurgeon can see inside your body and pinpoint the problem area for greater safety and accurate repair.
- Neurosurgery may be your only option. When non-surgical or conventional measures such as medication or physical therapy have failed to address your nerve-related pain problems, only a neurosurgeon can provide relief. Neurosurgeons can provide the least invasive yet most effective surgical solution.
At Front Range Spine and Neurosurgery, we believe that an informed patient is the best patient. We practice comprehensive, patient-centered care designed to help you achieve the best possible outcomes. If you’re experiencing neck, back, or leg pain, call us today at (303) 790-1800 or use our online form to request an appointment.