North American Spine works with leading physicians in the fields of interventional pain management, neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery. All physicians are board certified, and many have published papers or lectured about their expertise in pain management.
A typical doctor’s education includes an undergraduate degree, a medical degree, residency training in a relatively broad subject, and fellowship training in a relatively more specialized subject. North American Spine works with doctors who have distinguished themselves in education. In addition to being fellowship trained, achievements include attending prestigious programs such as Stanford University and training through the Mayo Clinic; ranking at the top of the class; and/or going above and beyond through multiple post-graduate training programs to expand their specialized training.
North American Spine works with physicians who have a combination of significant real-world experience, and an interest in staying abreast of the most advanced innovations in interventional pain management in order to provide their patients with the best options available. Among our partners are doctors who have trained with some of the most complex cases in their regions, received honors for advancements within their fields, have taken on leadership positions within medical organizations, and have been recognized by patients for their caring approach.
All of the doctors that work with North American Spine are board certified, and many are double board certified. Board certification indicates that a physician has dedicated himself to understanding a specialty in depth and to consistently providing superior patient outcomes (results).
Unless you are in the medical field, you may be confused about what kind of specialist can best help you. For example, a dentist and an orthodontist are both familiar with the mouth, but specialize in different services (an orthodontist can help you fit braces but may not be ideal for annual dental check-ups). In the same way, if you have chronic back pain, a neurosurgeon may not be the best suited doctor to help you achieve pain relief.
Interventional pain management. A physician who specializes in interventional pain management diagnoses and treats pain and related disorders through interventional techniques, as opposed to ongoing therapy such as physical therapy. Interventional techniques may include a nerve block such as an epidural steroid injection, spinal cord stimulation, drug delivery systems, and minimally invasive spine procedures including nerve ablation and neural decompression (the AccuraScope procedure). Interventional pain management is a subspecialty of pain management, and often overlaps with anesthesiology.
Neurosurgery. Also called neurological surgeons, neurosurgeons focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders in the central nervous system, including the spine and the brain. Common conditions treated by neurosurgeons may include spine pain, tumors, stroke, hemorrhage and aneurysms, traumatic head injury, and congential abnormalities. A neurosurgeon may specialize exclusively on spine surgery or brain surgery, or practice both.
Orthopedic spine surgery. An orthopedic surgeon may have a designation of MD (medical doctor) or DO (doctor of osteopathic medicine), with a surgical residency focusing on musculoskeletal conditions. An orthopedic spine surgeon focuses on the spinal bone and joint disorders including: abnormal bone growth, weakened or fractured bone, arthritis, and joint replacement.
Ideally, you want to get a doctor who specializes in the treatment you need, not simply one who rarely performs the procedure. Research shows that a doctor’s hands-on experience is a key factor in a treatment’s success.
One of the best ways to confirm that you are getting the right treatment with the right specialist is through a second opinion. Request a free review of your MRI.