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Diagnostic Tests for Determining Surgery
1. Spine specialist: a doctor who specializes in treating and performing surgeries on injuries to the spine.
2. Back surgery: a procedure that aims to change a patient's anatomy, such as removing a herniated disc that is causing pain, with the purpose of providing pain relief.
If you’re a medical provider and your patient has a spine-related injury, then it might be a good idea to refer him/her to a spine specialist. Before you write the referral, ask yourself these questions: 1. Can the patient return to work without exacerbating his/her back injury? 2. Is further treatment for the spine necessary? 3. Could the patient’s back injury benefit from a different type of physical therapy, or a different type of medication?
A spine specialist will search for a structural cause that the specialist can give an answer to.
A 37 year old male office worker has injured his low back lifting paper. He is no longer responding to NSAIDs as pain relievers and wishes to switch to a different medication.
Question: Do you change his medication or refer him to a spine specialist?
Answer: Refer him to a spine specialist
Answer: Refer him to a spine specialist.