There are different types of medical specialists for pretty much any part of the body or type of disease. Here are just a few of the types of medical specialists you may or may not have heard of.
Nerves control your body and your nerves travel through your spine. Chiropractics adjust and treat the spine and thus related disorders. Chiropractic services are popular and date back over 100 years. Today chiropractics can be found all over the world.
Pulmonology is a medical specialization that deals with the respiratory tract. Is is commonly known as “chest medicine.” Pulmonologists work with a wide range of issues ranging from supporting patients with ventilators to treating emphysema. If you have a lung issue, chances are a pulmonologists can help you!
Neonatology is a specialazation in medicine many of us have never heard of. Neonatologists work with the smallest of humans, newborn infants to ensure they are safe and healthy. They often deal with issues related to premature birth of other complications from delivery. Neonatologists is a specialization that truly helps those who need it most!
Almost all of us have had x-rays performed at some point in our lives but did you know those x-rays are performed by specialists who have attended radiation therapy school and are known as radiologists? Just like their name suggests, radiologists deal with radiation. By administering x-rays, MRIs, and ultrasounds; radiologists are specialists in ensuring this form of imaging and diagnostics is both safe and accurate. Their job is incredibly important given the dangers of radiation as well as the importance of other doctors being able to rely on accurate results.
One of the most difficult specialists to pronounce, otorhinolaryngologists deal are surgeons who deal with the head and neck. They perform critical surgeries relating to your ears, mouths, and noses. These surgeons are real life saves and extract tumors from some of the most dangerous and sensitive places. They usually have a residency of at least 5 years after their already long studies at medical school.
At the opposite end from neonatology, geriatric medicine deals with aging patients. We all get old (hopefully) and when we start to reach our later years we require specific medical processes. The medical needs of elderly patients differ greatly from those of younger patients. That is way geriatric doctors train and study how to best heal and help elderly patients.
As you have seen with this laundry lists of specialists (which is really just a small fraction of total!) there is a specialist for pretty much everything. Whether you are 8 minutes old or 80 years old and you need a spinal adjustment or an x-ray, there are medical specialists for you! So next time you are at the hospital pay attention to the signs pointing in every direction and see if you can guess which doctors do what!