I'm sorry if I am postong in the wrong spot. This forum is a tad overwhelming to me (but filled with great info).
I have multiple herniated discs (1 cervical, 1 thoracic....or is it 2 lumbar?) as a result of an accident 4 months ago. There is nerve impingement and compression. In addition, I have degenerative issues and stenosis(?). I initially saw a neurologist after getting the mri results. I was to continue with pool therapy and move to land when ready. Also continue massage and chiro. His next available appt was 3 months out. I have another month and a half to wait.
Though there is some improvement, I am obviously faaaar from being able to do my normal activities. Often times daily living activities cause a great deal of pain. I'm in the process of trying to find another full time job. I was let go of my other one 2 weeks after the accident. I'm really struggling with whether or not I can do the kind of work I have done in the past, due to the pain.
A care provider has suggested I see an orthopedic surgeon. I'm confused because I thought the neurologist could offer similar tx, minus surgery. I also thought the neurologist would deal with nerve issues. Would it not make more sense to wait until I see the neurologist again before switching to a different specialist? aside from determining if I am a c andidate for surgery, how would an ortho's tx be any different?
I know there is information on this site as to what each specialist does. My research shows there is so much overlap, that I don't understand what the difference between the two would be at this point.
Thanks for anu guidance or more elaborate explanations.