4 Great Careers in Spine Medicine

There are plenty of options for those interested in working in the spine medicine fields. The following four careers are great for people who are highly motivated and ready to work in the spine medicine field.

1. Neurosurgeon – Neurosurgeons perform typically lifesaving procedures on patients with certain medical conditions or trauma. There are currently 7 specialized areas of neurosurgery in which one is spine neurosurgery. In the United Kingdom a person interested in becoming a neurosurgeon must first gain entry into a medical school. The student will obtain a bachelor of medicine degree in about 4 to 6 years. After successfully completing the degree program the doctor will need complete foundation training. This training is paid training done at a hospital or clinic. The foundation training will last two years and will cover a variety of medical specialties. After the foundation training is complete the doctor will apply to enter the neurological pathway. This pathway will take about 8 years. In total a neurosurgeon will have about 16 years of training and education. Neurosurgeons are highly paid and often have a very rewarding career.

2. Chiropractor – Chiropractors diagnose patients who are having issues with their spines and other areas of the body. They often treat patients with massage therapy or spinal adjustments. To become a chiropractor one must obtain a degree recognized by the General Chiropractic Council. A student should expect to study anatomy, physiology, pathology, and orthopedics.  A chiropractor will not make nearly as much as a neurosurgeon but the education required is considerably lower.

3. Orthopedic Surgeon – Orthopedic surgeons perform surgical and nonsurgical procedures on the musculoskeletal system which includes the bones, joints, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons. Orthopedic surgeons who are interested in working with the spine usually complete a fellowship in spine medicine. To become an orthopedic surgeon one must first attend medical school. Afterwards the doctor will complete a 5 year residency in orthopedic surgery. After that the doctor will complete a 2 year fellowship in spine medicine. Orthopedic surgeons are very well paid and make a little less than what a neurosurgeon makes.

4. Physiatrist – A physiatrist diagnoses and treats illness or injuries of the musculoskeletal system. They provide treatment by avoiding surgery and treating physical, emotional, and mental issues. To become a physiatrist one must enter medical school. After medical school the doctor will complete a three year residency. Then the doctor will complete a one year fellowship focusing on neurorehabilitation. In general a physiatrist will make about $207,000 a year.

As you can see there are many options if you’re interested in spine medication and these are just an overview of four. They all make very good money relative to other careers but it does take a lot of work and education and money to get to the level where you are making the big bucks so keep that in mind if you are interested in heading down this career path.

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