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I have a ruptured spinal disk which is causing me excruciating pain. What medical specialty is best for this condition? I saw a neruosurgeon, who prescribed steroids and vicodin three days ago. With the vicodin, my pain is mostly bearable while i lie in

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While the training is somewhat different, many neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons treat herniated discs.
Most neurosurgeons treat spinal disorders, while typically only those orthopedic surgeons that have completed spinal fellowships perform spinal surgery. Many spinal fellowships are now open to both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, and most professional spine organizations have both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons as members. In general, one should choose a spinal surgeon based on their experience and reputation rather than their background training. Most spine surgeons have completed additional training after residency in spine surgery fellowships. There are some areas of spine surgery limited to one field. For example, surgery on the spinal cord and nerve roots is limited to neurosurgeons. For your herniated disc, you would likely be in good hands with either a spine-fellowship trained orthopedic or neurological surgeon.

In brief: While

While the training is somewhat different, many neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons treat herniated discs.
Most neurosurgeons treat spinal disorders, while typically only those orthopedic surgeons that have completed spinal fellowships perform spinal surgery. Many spinal fellowships are now open to both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, and most professional spine organizations have both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons as members. In general, one should choose a spinal surgeon based on their experience and reputation rather than their background training. Most spine surgeons have completed additional training after residency in spine surgery fellowships. There are some areas of spine surgery limited to one field. For example, surgery on the spinal cord and nerve roots is limited to neurosurgeons. For your herniated disc, you would likely be in good hands with either a spine-fellowship trained orthopedic or neurological surgeon.
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Opiates are very good temporary solutions to painful conditions, but if the ruptured disk is not going to be surgically treated, or cannot be reduced in some way, opiates are not a good answer long-term. A neurosurgeon is an appropriate person to see, but if they are recommending nonsurgical treatment, see a board certified pain specialist, usually an anesthesiologist for consultation.

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Opiates are very good temporary solutions to painful conditions, but if the ruptured disk is not going to be surgically treated, or cannot be reduced in some way, opiates are not a good answer long-term. A neurosurgeon is an appropriate person to see, but if they are recommending nonsurgical treatment, see a board certified pain specialist, usually an anesthesiologist for consultation.
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