Some people go through their entire lives never having to see a neurosurgeon or a neurologist, and that’s a good thing. Both types of doctors treat conditions affecting the nervous system, including the brain, spine and peripheral nerves in the body. The main difference between them is that neurosurgeons perform surgery, usually a last resort option for nervous system conditions that cannot be treated or do not improve with more conservative approaches.
Some common conditions treated by neurosurgeons include stroke, epilepsy and other seizure disorders, aneurysms, blocked arteries, back pain, spinal cord conditions, congenital defects involving the nervous system, peripheral nerve issues, tumors of the brain and spine, as well as head, neck and spine injuries. They may also treat conditions resulting in chronic pain, disability or paralysis.
Here are 7 reasons why you may see a neurologist or neurosurgeon:
Except in the case of emergencies, you will typically see a neurologist for an initial evaluation if you are experiencing neurological symptoms. If it is determined that the cause of the problem might require surgery, you will then be referred to a neurosurgeon.
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