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Spine Specialist vs Primary Care Provider
Spine specialists look at the exam from a point-of-view of what they can treat and what they can fix: something objective that the Spine specialist can take care of.
Every spine exam measures the patient’s sensory function, reflex function, and motor strength.
This is measured using a system of dermatomes which is how nerves map throughout the body and gives it sensation, and myotomes, which is how the nerves connect to the different muscles within the body.
A spine specialist will search for a structural cause that the specialist can give an answer to.
A patient comes in who has had several X-Rays and Mris done, none of which show any objective findings for his reported mid back pain.
Question: Is he still a candidate to see a spine specialist?