If there's one thing we all take away from our high-school biology classes, it's that the nervous system is a highly complex and intricate network of organs, nerves, and cells. It's little short of a miracle that it functions as well as it does in the vast majority of people.
And when something impairs the function of the nervous system, things can go very wrong, very quickly.
Fortunately, the field of neuro-spinal medicine is progressing as rapidly as any field of medicine in the 21st century. Enormous strides in knowledge, technology, and techniques are being made annually. Neuro-spinal professionals not only understand conditions such as Parkinson's disease, complex regional pain syndrome, Huntington's disease, and epilepsy vastly better than they did even five years ago, but have found innovative new ways to improve the quality of life of people who suffer from these conditions.
While many neurological conditions are still many years away from their possible cures, neuro-spinal specialists are able to provide a comprehensive range of surgical and non-surgical treatments that:
- Alleviate pain
- Improve mobility
- Regain range of motion
- Restore speech, motor skills, and mental agility
- Allow people to lead more independent lives
- Sleep better
- Cope with anxiety and depression
- Restore strength
As with any other type of medicine, you will want to search for the neuro-spinal specialist that is right for you. Many people assume that, simply because a doctor performs neurosurgery, he or she must automatically be among the best medical professionals in the country. This isn't necessarily the case. You will want to do your homework and make sure that you are entrusting your health to an experienced professional with an excellent reputation and an outstanding record of safety and success. You can learn more about the qualifications you should look for in a neuro-spinal specialist on our Information for Neuro-Spinal Patients page.
In the meanwhile, if you are ready to start your search for the best neuro-spinal specialist in your area, we're ready to help you. Find a neurosurgeon today.
How Much Does Neuro-spinal Treatment Cost?
Just as the nervous system is highly complex, so are the associated treatments and surgeries. As you probably - and rightly - imagine, neuro-spinal treatment is usually quite expensive, costing in the thousands and often tens of thousands of dollars.
Many factors can influence the overall cost of your treatment, all of them detailed on the Cost of Neuro-Spinal Treatment page. These factors include:
- The experience of your neurosurgeon
- The location of the practice
- Whether your health insurance policy covers part or all of your treatment
- The amount of testing and prep work involved in your treatment
- The technology used in your treatment
You may find that treatment using more advanced, minimally invasive techniques costs more than treatment using more conventional techniques. It is ultimately your decision as to whether this additional cost is justified in your case. Weight the benefits and risks of both approaches and make your decision based on what is best for your health. Then you can discuss your payment options, which may include insurance coverage, financing, or even an in-house installment plan.
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What Conditions Do Neuro-spinal Specialists Treat?
The short answer is that neuro-spinal specialists treat any condition involving the nervous system, although some may focus on a specific part of the nervous system (for example, the spine or the brain). You will find pages devoted to the following neuro-spinal conditions in DocShop:
- Brain Disorders: such as Alzheimer's disease, ALS, brain hemorrhage, brain tumors, cerebral aneurysm, cerebral palsy, dementia, epilepsy, migraine, and stroke.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: such as Brown-Sequard syndrome, central cord syndrome, herniated disc, scoliosis, and spinal cord tumor.
- Nerve Disorders: such as Bell's palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, sciatica, and schwannoma.
- Muscle disorders: such as essential tremors, fibromyalgia, and muscular dystrophy.
- Arthritis: such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
What Treatments Do Neuro-spinal Specialists Provide?
Naturally, neurosurgeons perform neurosurgery, which encompasses a variety of procedures, including spine surgery, brain surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and arthritis surgery.
Most neurosurgeons also provide a variety of non-surgical treatments, including imaging services, injectable therapies, and physical therapy.
Are you ready to find the neurosurgeon that is right for you? Find a neuro-spinal specialist in your area.
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