Spine & Back Pain FAQs
Q: Does SpinePack back and spine supplements contain any medicine?
A: No. SpinePack is an all-natural herbal and nutritional supplement specifically developed by board certified Neurosurgeon, Charles Theofilos, MD, to promote spine health and a healthy back. There are no pharmaceutical ingredients.
Q: What should I expect after taking SpinePack?
A: No two patients are alike, so results may vary from patient to patient. And when starting any new supplement regimen, it’s recommended to speak to your doctor, pharmacist or health professional. In general, SpinePack helps alleviate aches and pains in the back associated with aging or over exertion. SpinePack also helps promotes back mobility and supports a healthy spine including surrounding ligaments, tendons and connective tissue.
Q: What is the difference between a Neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon?
A: Neurosurgeons may be MDs or DOs (medical doctors or doctors of osteopathic medicine). They must complete a residency of around 5-6 years with focus of surgical treatment for neurological conditions of brain, spine and spinal cord, nerves, and intracranial/intraspinal vasculature. There are some Neurosurgeons that pick one discipline and exclusively specialize in brain surgery, or back surgery. Some may focus on both.
Orthopedic surgeons may also be MDs or DOs. Their surgical residency is usually just 5 years and is focused on musculoskeletal conditions. Orthopedists mainly focus on diagnosing and treating most all bone and joint disorders including spinal, arthritis, sports injury/sports medicine, trauma, bone tumors, hand or wrist injuries/abnormalities, total joint replacement. Some orthopedic surgeons may focus on a specialization such as spine surgery, joints (such as hips, knees, shoulders), or both.
As far as spinal issues and surgery:
- Orthopedic surgeons tend to focus more on spinal abnormalities of the bone such as scoliosis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
- Neurosurgeons tend to have more expertise to perform intradural surgery (inside spinal cord) as well as spine surgery.
In addition, a recent study in Spine illustrated that when compared to when orthopedic surgeons performed the elective spine surgeries, their patients were twice as likely to have a prolonged hospital length of stay as when Neurosurgeons were performing the procedure. Also, patients who underwent treatment by orthopedic surgeons were also more likely to receive a perioperative transfusion, have complications, and require discharge with continued care.
Bottom line: both Neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons can specialize in spine surgery, and in most typical spinal surgeries either surgeon may be qualified. And in both specialties, either surgeon can have a core focus of specialization such as cervical spine, lumbar spine, and more. However, Neurosurgeons have more time in surgical residency and are typically fellowship trained, which means having additional specializing post residency and has earned board certification. This extra training helps the Neurosurgeon truly hone his or her skill, and based on the recent study, may also impact patient surgical outcomes.
Q: What if I have chronic back pain?
A: If you are experiencing chronic back pain that is affecting your overall well-being and quality of life, then you should make an appointment to speak with a certified orthopedic surgeon or Neurosurgeon to further evaluate your condition and give you a diagnosis and recommended action plan. There are many different treatment options available based on the specific ailment, which can only be determined upon an in-person check-up and testing (i.e. labs, X-ray, MRI, etc.)
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