Should I see a neurologist first before I see a neurosurgeon for my back pain?
Absolutely. Surgeons are trained to cut. When one has a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. With surgeons, their hammer is their scalpel. Neurologists are trained to deal with problems involving nerves, preferably without cutting. You don’t start out with the most dangerous option to treat a problem, you start out with the least invasive measures, then progress to more risky approaches if needed. See the neurologist first-and try to make sure that the neurologist doesn’t have a close and binding friendship with said surgeon.