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The spinal column provides the main support for the human body, allowing individuals to stand upright, bend, and twist, while protecting the spinal cord from injury. Strong muscles and bones, flexible tendons and ligaments, and sensitive nerves contribute to a healthy spine. Yet, any of these structures affected by strain, injury, or disease can cause pain.
Both neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons can perform spinal surgery and are highly skilled specialists with extensive medical training. What differs between orthopedic surgeons specializing in spine care and neurosurgeons lies in the focus of their surgical practices as well as in their training.
An orthopedic spine surgeon is a medical doctor that has completed a five-year residency in orthopedic surgery focusing on in-depth knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. Following residency, this surgeon will complete a year of fellowship training that is exclusively focused on the spine as well as spine surgery. Additionally, an orthopedic spinal surgeon may further their training to include spinal deformity correction which is observed in instances of scoliosis, kyphosis, and lordosis.
A neurosurgeon is also a medical doctor. This specialist however will participate in a residency program that focuses on the treatment of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal column, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and cerebrovascular system. Unlike an orthopedic spine doctor, a neurosurgeon’s practice does not treat musculoskeletal or joint issues.