What does an orthopaedic spine surgeon do?
Orthopaedic spine surgeons are physicians dedicated to diagnosing and treating spinal disorders, healing spinal injuries, and preserving pain-free function through conservative treatment and surgical interventions. While orthopaedic physicians focus on the musculoskeletal system as a whole, orthopaedic spine specialists and surgeons treat a variety of conditions, such as scoliosis, degenerative disc disorders, sciatica, and traumatic injuries like whiplash. Some orthopaedic spine surgeons may focus on one disorder or region of the spine, while others treat a range of painful spinal conditions.
Becoming an orthopaedic spine surgeon requires many years of training and expertise, ensuring that all patients receive the best care possible. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states that orthopaedic surgeons must have a minimum of 14 years of formal education. Board certified orthopaedic surgeons must maintain their certifications through life-long education and additional training. All orthopaedic surgeons receive training on spine surgery, and surgeons who choose to specialize in the spine must pursue an additional fellowship in spinal surgery, where they will learn the latest surgical techniques and gain even more experience in diagnosis and treatment.
What can I expect from a visit to an orthopaedic spine surgeon?
Visiting one of our orthopaedic spine surgeons for the first time can seem intimidating, but there is no need to worry. A spinal surgeon will never rush you into unnecessary surgery. Spine specialists pursue conservative treatment like pain medication, bracing, and physical therapy before considering surgical intervention. As you prepare for your appointment, make sure to bring a list of medications you are currently taking, appropriate medical records, and any recent test results. Let your surgeon know if you have had any prior spinal surgeries or procedures, or if you are receiving chiropractic care or other treatments for your spinal condition.
Our highly trained board certified spine care team at Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicine are experts in their specialty. After an initial examination, our team will use the latest medical imaging procedures, like MRI or CAT scan, to ensure that you receive the proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment as soon as possible. Don’t live with spinal pain–contact us today to get back on track towards a pain-free life.