Your nervous system controls how you sense and react to the world around you. It involves your brain, spinal cord, muscles and nerves.
Neurosurgeons are doctors who use surgery to repair the nervous system.
Neurosurgeons also use non-surgical means to help adults and children with conditions like these:
- aneurysms and clogged arteries
- birth defects
- brain and spine tumors
- chronic back pain
- head and spinal cord injuries
- multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and tremor
Source: American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of quality, Allina Health; J Richard Sheely, MD, medical director, Allina Health clinics
First published: 3/14/2007
Last reviewed: 6/21/2010