When referred to a neurosurgeon, it may often be confusing about the various types of treatments that are offered. Having a clear understanding of possible alternatives can improve the comfort level for patients and reduce anxiety. There are many options. A consultation with a specialist can determine the proper approach for any neurological condition.
A Proper Diagnosis is the First Step
When there is any underlying neurological concern, it is important to find a specialist. A neurosurgeon is schooled in dealing with such issues, knows the right questions to ask, and will order the proper testing to determine the root of a problem. From that point, a personalized treatment plan will be devised.
Exercise as a Possibility
A neurosurgeon may prescribe exercise as the first phase in treatment. Becoming active and targeting a problem area may actually relieve symptoms. Exercise is also key in weight management, cardiovascular functioning, and eliminating any other factors that may contribute to a neurological problem.
Use of Supportive Braces or Footwear
Various conditions can be treated through the use of supportive gear. Braces intended for wrists, knees, ankles, and the back may remedy a particular condition. Footwear is often addressed as well. Improper, ill-fitting shoes with out support can result in many painful conditions. Use of ergonomically correct equipment, keyboards, and chairs may also relieve neurological problems that involve numbness or pain.
Physical therapy is often prescribed to address a particular area. Physical therapy can relieve pain, increase mobility, and provide greater flexibility, as well as strength. This is often the first course of action. Physical therapy is often used as a follow-up after surgery.
Medication is prescribed for many conditions. A neurosurgeon may prescribe medicine as an anti-inflammatory or a pain reliever to help a person to have a better quality of life. Injections are often used as well in order to improve functioning and reduce discomfort. Medication may be used by itself or in combination with physical therapy and surgery.
Surgery is usually the final options, although more advanced or emergency situations may merit immediate surgical procedures. Types of surgery and may be minimally invasive or more involved. A neurosurgeon will determine the best approach after exhausting all other alternatives.
Every case depends on the individual. Each patient responds differently to treatment options with varying degrees of success. A skilled neurosurgeon will have many alternatives, seeking a new direction when one treatment option does not succeed. It may take time to find answers. It is important to be an advocate as well.