When it comes to medical specialties, are spine surgery and spinal cord injury medicine the same thing?

No they are not. The surgeon operates to stabilize and decompress the injured anatomy of the spine. The specialty of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine refers to physicians who have studied, and treat the primary and secondary complications of the spinal cord injury. Including, but not limited to rehabilitation, mobility,urological endocrine,respiratory,cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, dysfunction.
No. No. Because there are some physicians that treat spinal cord injuries that are not surgeons, physiatrists are an example; and there are some spinal surgeons that do not treat spinal cord injuries.

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Are "spine surgery" and spinal cord injury medicine basically the same?

Spinal Cord Injury. Spinal cord injury (SCI) medicine includes treatment of conditions associated with SCI including spasticity, bowel and bladder issues, pain, and loss of function. Specialists in this area are certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and may have subspecialty certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. The Spine Surgeon performs surgery to address spinal instability caused by fracture. Read more...
Not exactly. Spinal cord injury medicine refers to the field of treatment of patients with spinal cord injuries; this treatment may or may not involve surgery but may include no surgical fields such as neurology, physiatry, and pain management. The term spinal surgery encompasses the surgical treatment of a multitude of spinal disorders. Read more...

Hi docs, can you tell me if spine surgery and spinal cord injury medicine are the same?

Probably not. Spinal surgery means just that: surgery on the spine, this could potentially include surgery for traumatic injuries to the spinal column or spinal cord. A variety of medications have been tried to treat patients with spinal cord injuries to varying degrees if success. Read more...
Spinal cord injury. No. Spine surgery is performed to decompress and stabilize the spine. Spinal cord injury medicine is used to reduce inflammation. Physiatrists or rehabilitation physicians who specialize in spinal cord injury focus on rehabilitation to restore function. Therapy begins after surgery to speed and enhance recovery. Read more...