Neurosurgery is the surgical specialization that treats diseases and disorders of the brain and spinal cord.
Back pain can sometimes produce neurological symptoms such as numbness, muscle weakness and loss of bowel and bladder control due to dysfunction at the nerve root.
These symptoms are indicators that neurosurgery is required to treat the underlying cause of back pain as opposed to conservative treatments. Procedures to treat back pain under the realm of neurosurgery include discectomy, laminectomy and spinal fusion surgery.
Most spine problems can be treated without surgery. In some cases, however, your spine care team may suggest surgery as a good option for relieving your symptoms. Surgical options include:
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