There are many doctors and specialists that make up the medical community. Many doctors focus on one area of practice or even a few areas of practice. A specialist is a dedicated medical professional who specifically studies and practices in a singular area of medicine. This doesn’t mean they aren’t experienced in other fields of the medical industry, they just have even more additional schooling as it relates to a specific field. It generally takes longer to become a specialist in the medical field. A neurosurgeon, like those at Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates (BNA), is considered a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of various nervous system disorders and injuries. Additionally, a neurosurgeon can also treat certain forms of trauma, tumors, spinal and brain infections as well as spine degenerative associated diseases.
A neurosurgeon not only dedicates a considerable amount of time in receiving a baseline medical education, but they also spend equally as much time studying and experiencing the science behind the disorders of the nervous system. They have to understand every avenue of the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system in order to understand diseases and disorders related to the nervous system. The most common forms of nervous system disorders that people hear about are related to spine and back pain. Since the spine is comprised a complex and extensive network of nerves, bones and cells, the majority of nervous system failures can be attributed to a part of the spine or brain that is not receiving the correct messaging from the respective nerve fibers.
Common conditions that affect the spine and thus require spine treatment are herniated discs, broken vertebra in the spine, degenerative disc disease, sciatica and scoliosis and many more. There are a series of surgical treatments available to patients who suffer from these conditions, and a professional specialist like one at Boulder Neurosurgical Associates, can expertly perform these procedures.
Furthermore, there are brain disorders that neurosurgeons can treat. For instance, brain tumors, aneurysms, tourettes, uncontrolled muscle movement, traumatic brain injuries, epilepsy and some psychiatric disorders are treatable. Brain treatment like that of spine treatment is complex and requires years of experience. Therefore, a qualified neurosurgeon is the only specialist who should perform brain surgeries.
Spine and brain disorders can be debilitating and compromise a patient’s lifestyle drastically. Modern day technology has opened many more doors into understanding the complex natures of these disorders as well as opened the way for technological advancements. The medical industry relies heavily on experienced specialists to continue the practice of innovative surgical procedures as well as innovative technological advances. Not all spine and brain disorders were treatable, however with the growing advancement of medical technology, more and more spine and brain surgeries become viable options for people suffering with such chronic disorders.
Neurosurgeons are essential to the success of spine and back treatments. Experience and knowledge in this area paves the way for progressive movement in finding answers and solutions for all types of brain and spinal disorders.