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1. How does a spine and pain specialist treat pain?
A spine and pain specialist will first diagnose the underlying condition on the basis of medical history, signs/symptoms, physical examination and tests. Then he will treat pain by prescribing medications as well as performing surgeries depending upon the nature of underlying condition.
2. Is the spine specialist same as orthopaedic surgeon?
Spine speciality is a superspeciality for an orthopaedic surgeon. Thus, most of the spine specialists are the orthopaedic surgeons who do fellowships further in spine speciality.
3. Can a spine and pain specialist treat sciatica pain?
Yes, a spine and pain specialist can treat sciatica pain by steroid injections around the involved nerve root, and with surgeries like laminectomy and diskectomy.
4. What happens on my first visit to the spine and pain specialist?
On your first visit to the spine and pain specialist, he will first ask for your medical history and signs and symptoms. Then he will perform physical examination and ask for certain tests, procedures for the diagnosis of the condition. After the diagnosis, depending upon the underlying condition he will treat the condition by medicines, exercises and surgery.
5. Can I see a spine specialist for backache?
Yes, you can see a spine specialist for backache as it can be due to some underlying spine disorder which will be appropriately diagnosed and treated by a spine specialist.