1. When should I see a spine and pain specialist?
You may see a spine and pain specialist in the following conditions:
·Unable to do normal activities
·Unable to play any game
·Numbness or swelling
·Loss of bowel and bladder control
2. How does a spine and pain specialist treat pain?
The spine and pain specialist makes an accurate diagnosis of your condition using scans and imaging techniques. The following treatment options are available:
·Medications to control pain and inflammation
·Modification of activities
·Physical therapy for rehabilitation
3. What education is needed to become a spine and pain specialist?
You need to complete an MBBS degree program of five and a half years.After this, you can complete masters in surgery (MS) in orthopaedics, or DNB (ortho) which is a three-year course or doctor of orthopaedics, a two years course. To become a specialist in spine and pain management, you need to attend a special course.
4. Is the spine specialist same as orthopaedic surgeon?
An orthopaedic surgeon practices surgery of various bones and joints. He or she may specialize as a spine surgeon. A spine specialist specializes in surgical and non-surgical spine care and research. Both are not the same.
5. Does a spine and pain specialist perform surgery?
A spine and pain specialist who also has a postgraduate degree in surgery or is also an interventional pain specialist can perform surgery to relieve the pain and to rectify the problems in the spine. A spine specialist can perform both surgical and non surgical procedures to take care of pain and spine problems.