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What type of doctor do I see for a herniated disc in my neck.?
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Dr. Patrick Roth
Neurosurgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Patrick Roth
Dr. Patrick Roth
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Dr. Leigh Forbush
In all fairness, Neurosurgeons and Orthopedic Surgeons are aware of these modalities; however, very few are skilled and knowledgeable enough to comment on them in specificity.
Dr. Robert Levine
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: PCP or Physiciatrist
First a herniated disc is a not uncommonly finding on mris even in people who have never had neck pain.
If you have pain, you may benefit from medication and physical therapy. If the non-invasive approach doesn't work, then you may want to go to a pain clinic for evaluation for blocks. When all fails or if there is neurologocal abnormalities all fails then you may want to see a spine surgeon.

In brief: PCP or Physiciatrist
First a herniated disc is a not uncommonly finding on mris even in people who have never had neck pain.
If you have pain, you may benefit from medication and physical therapy. If the non-invasive approach doesn't work, then you may want to go to a pain clinic for evaluation for blocks. When all fails or if there is neurologocal abnormalities all fails then you may want to see a spine surgeon.
Dr. Robert Levine
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Dr. Leigh Forbush
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Conservative Tx
It really depends on the extent and location of the herniation as well as the associated symptoms.
Many times, this type of herniated disc can be managed conservatively with a combination of osteopathic manipulative treatment (non-high velocity techniques), physical therapy, anti-inflammatories and potentially steroid injections.

In brief: Conservative Tx
It really depends on the extent and location of the herniation as well as the associated symptoms.
Many times, this type of herniated disc can be managed conservatively with a combination of osteopathic manipulative treatment (non-high velocity techniques), physical therapy, anti-inflammatories and potentially steroid injections.
Dr. Leigh Forbush
Dr. Leigh Forbush
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Depends
If surgery is required, orthopedic and neuro surgeons both do surgery for herniated discs in the neck.
Because many patients with disc herniations will respond to nonoperative care, however, many patients will start out with their primary care doctor first who may use medications or a referral to a physical therapist, chiropractor, or interventional pain specialist to try to treat. Thank you.

In brief: Depends
If surgery is required, orthopedic and neuro surgeons both do surgery for herniated discs in the neck.
Because many patients with disc herniations will respond to nonoperative care, however, many patients will start out with their primary care doctor first who may use medications or a referral to a physical therapist, chiropractor, or interventional pain specialist to try to treat. Thank you.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Several can help
You can see your primary doctor, a neurologist, a physiatrist, a pain management specialist, an orthopedist or a neurosurgeon for treatment with 90% usually treated non surgically.
This could include: medication, traction, a soft collar, physical therapy/exercises, time and possible epidural steroid injections as well as activity modifications and ceasing smoking if you have that habit.

In brief: Several can help
You can see your primary doctor, a neurologist, a physiatrist, a pain management specialist, an orthopedist or a neurosurgeon for treatment with 90% usually treated non surgically.
This could include: medication, traction, a soft collar, physical therapy/exercises, time and possible epidural steroid injections as well as activity modifications and ceasing smoking if you have that habit.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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