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What kind of doctor do I see for a slipped disk in my neck?

What kind of doctor do I see for a slipped disk in my neck?

Many: Many types of doctors deal with this problem. Some internists will deal with this. Osteopathic physicians deal with this frequently. The specialists involved include, neurologists, physiatrists, orthopedists and neurosurgeons. Some slipped discs need surgery, many do not. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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My doctor has told me I have a bulging disk in my neck and lower back. The pain has now spread around to my hip. Is this normal? Been on gabapentin.

My doctor has told me I have a bulging disk in my neck and lower back. The pain has now spread around to my hip. Is this normal? Been on gabapentin.

Back and hip. : Bulging disks in the low back can certainly cause hip pain. Discs however in the neck do not. It is very common for pain to start in the back and slowly progress and start to radiate along the path of the nerve which can be in fact in the hip area. Gabapentin tends to work best for burning or searing pain however dull achy toothache like discomfort rarely responds to that medication. ...Read more

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Hey, I need a doctor who can help me with my slipped disk, what kind of specialist will I see?

Hey, I need a doctor who can help me with my slipped disk, what kind of specialist will I see?

Start with family MD: Since most people get better without surgery, start with your primary care doctor who might prescribe modification of activities, medicines, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatories, and possibly cortisone injections in the spine. If you remain symptomatic despite all that, your doctor may send you to a neurosurgeon, but that is not the first place to start...Again, because most don't need surgery. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor do I see for neck pain?

What kind of doctor do I see for  neck pain?

Family practitioner : There are many causes for neck pain and your family physician is an excellent resource to begin the evaluation in ascertaining the correct diagnosis and treatment initiation. If more specific care is needed, you will be referred to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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I have pain in the back of my shoulder extending to neck. What kind of doctor do I see?

Pinched nerve: Many different problems could be present including nerve compression, arthritic issues, and even muscular strains/sprains. Suggest starting with your family doctor, and get examined. He/she might suggest a specialist if necessary. ...Read more

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I have neck and knee arthritus what kind of doctor do I see?

I have neck and knee arthritus what kind of doctor do I see?

Family doctor: Start with your family doctor and they can see if you need a referral to see an orthopedic surgeon, rheumatologist, or if they can help you. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor do I need to see to address a myofascial pain problem on my neck and mastication muscles?

Start with PCP: I would start with your primary care doctor for a complete history and physical examination and then can then refer to either PMR, neurology, physical therapy, etc. ...Read more

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What type of doctor do I see for a herniated disc in my neck.?

What type of doctor do I see for a herniated disc in my neck.?

Neurosurg or ortho: Both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons with a spine fellowship are capable to perform the diagnostic workup that includes a history, physical and MRI interpretation. Both of these specialties also understand the various conservative treatments such as chiropractic, pt, pain management, and acupuncture. Your surgeon should be able to transcend the bias to operate and provide optimal care. ...Read more

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I have a painfful knot on the bottome of my neck what kind of doctor should I see?

I have a painfful knot on the bottome of my neck what kind of doctor should I see?

Depends: Please be more specific. If the knot is an actual mass or lump, the specialist that would be best suited is an ent/head and neck surgeon. If what you are describing is neck pain that is specifically the posterior spine, then a spine surgeon would be the choice. Having said that your primary care md would be a great person to see first - he/she can direct you to the appropriate md. ...Read more

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What type of doctor should I see for neck and spine?

What type of doctor should I see for neck and spine?

What is the problem?: Initial problems should be evaluated by your family doctor. Depending on how severe and long lasting the symptoms are, you may need to see a neurosurgeon, orthopedist or pain management specialist. ...Read more