When I saw my PCP to find out the results of my L-Spine CT, she said that she was referring me to a neurosurgeon even though I don't have any numbness, just pain. I am extremely anxious about this. Is there a reason why I would see a neurosurgeon instead of an orthopedist or physical therapist?
Your question asks why you have been referred to a neurosurgeon rather than an orthopedist or physical therapist in regards to your diagnosis of a disc herniation.
The answer really depends on who your doctor refers patients to, both types of doctors may be qualified in your situation. It may also have to do with the type of pain you are experiencing, with there being pain present, without other neurological symptoms. Your doctor may want to see what the neurosurgeon says.
"Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals.
For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our
medical experts page.
You may also visit our Back Pain , for moderated patient to patient support and information.
The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician.
Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.