The neurosurgeons at UMC specialize in innovative back and neck procedures to help minimize pain and get you back to work and life faster. Our team will provide treatment options that are the least invasive possible to treat your condition.
The UMC neurosurgeons perform back surgery also known as spine surgery. Our team can perform the full spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical options for the back. From complex to minimally invasive to injections for pain, you can be confident that the UMC team is ready to assist.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common condition resulting from compression of the median nerve. When this hand nerve is compressed it causes numbness, tingling, and pain on the hand’s thumb side and forearm. These symptoms extend into the thumb, index and middle fingers along with half of the ring finger.
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There are many reasons for back pain, and even more ways to "rid" yourself of back pain, according to the internet. There is some common sense advice out there, like strengthening and stretching your back or keeping a good posture. That is good advice regardless of back pain, but if you are in pain, call your doctor. Keep a journal of your pain, when and where it hurts and how your pain changes over time, this will help the doctor identify the problem quickly.
Neurosurgery is the medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain, spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves.
While this may seem like a question with a very straightforward answer, the truth lies in the fact that the human neck is a complicated structure that can hold a variety of innate issues. Many people find themselves visiting a Chiropractic office for the first time because of a “stiff neck” (pain and a reduced range of motion of the neck and supporting spinal muscles), and usually attribute this to “sleeping funny.” However, the stresses of daily life, working in an environment that supports poor posture (such as computer work or child rearing), and the heavy workload of carrying around a skull can irritate neck muscles to the edge of their threshold. Most people find themselves in pain after a small incident (like sleeping at an odd angle or doing a double-take) due to the straw-that-broke-the-camel’s-back effect of over stressed muscles pulling bones out of place and pinching nerves. Of course, there is always the more direct approach to neck pain, such as a traumatic fall or auto accident injury, in which case the neck muscles experience a sudden onset of the same symptoms.
A neurologist and a neurosurgeon have similarities, however, a neurosurgeon can give a surgical solution to neurologic disorders, while the neurologist identifies neurological disorders through diagnostic testing and treats with medical means.
You may need to see a neurosurgeon if your primary care physician thinks your symptoms are neurological and might require surgery. Your primary care physician will seek a neurosurgeon and schedule an appointment for an exam and tests, if necessary. Once these tests and exams are finished, the neurosurgeon will work with you toward a plan of care or to schedule surgery.
No. Many of the conditions treated can be managed without surgery, at least initially. If surgery is recommended, the risks and goals of the procedure will be discussed thoroughly with you by your doctor as well as possible alternative treatments.
Typically, new patient appointments can be made within one week or up to 10-days.
These are all good reasons to contact your physician who may refer you to a neurosurgeon.
The signs and symptoms of nervous system disorders include:
· Constant or a sudden headache.
· A headache that changes or is different.
· Loss of feeling or tingling.
· Weakness or loss of muscle strength.
· Loss of sight or double vision.
· Memory loss.
· Impaired mental ability.
· Lack of coordination.
If you are experiencing these symptoms without relief, please contact your doctor who will most likely perform a neurological exam to check your vision, hearing and balance. Your doctor may also get images of your brain and spine to make a diagnosis.