Got a Medical Question? Ask a Doctor Online!
The Rheumatologist is the appropriate specialist to evaluate and manage inflammatory conditions. The assessment of the cervical degenerative disc disease with possible pinched nerve would best be evaluated by a Neurosurgeon or Back Surgeon. Depending upon the findings on examination, it may also require an evaluation by a Neurologist, who can perform nerve conduction studies, or a Pain Management specialist, who can perform injections to try to relieve symptoms, such as epidural steroids. The Neurosurgeon or Back Surgeon would be the appropriate first step, who can then determine what further evaluation would be appropriate.
A nerve conduction study of the median nerve would indicate whether there is significant carpal tunnel syndrome, which would affect this specific nerve