The Back & Spine Blog

NSSC's Frequently Asked Questions

Are you taking New Patients?

Yes! Dr. Hunter and his providers are all able to see new patients. Please call the office or fill out this form to schedule an appointment with either Dr. Hunter, his nurse practitioner or his physician assistant.

Are you still open during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Yes we are open. We are seeing patients in the office, as well as, through telemedicine.

How long has Dr. Hunter been practicing as a Neurosurgeon?

Dr. Hunter has been a practicing Neurosurgeon for 22 years. He has been practicing at the NSSC Spine Clinic for 20 years. He was Board Certified in Neurosurgery in 2002 and re-certified in 2012.

Are you required to have a referral?

Only if your insurance requires one. However, if you self-refer, you may be responsible for obtaining related records for treatment.

Do you treat headaches?

There are many causes of headaches. It could be from head trauma, a brain tumor, a ventricular shunt or an intracranial vascular abnormality. We see patients with headaches related to these types of issues. We do not treat or see patients for migraine headaches. Migraine headaches are usually treated by a neurologist or pain medicine doctor.

What insurances do you take?

All major plans, Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, United Healthcare, Medicare and Medicaid. Please call us to verify your insurance provider.

Are you part of Caromont?

No, we are a private practice. However, our office is in the Gaston Professional Building attached to Caromont Regional Medical Center and all surgeries are performed at Caromont Regional Medical Center. Where is your office located? We are on the 4th floor of the Gaston Professional Building.

Do I need to bring my imaging on a disc?

Yes, if not done through a Caromont Facility. We do have access to some Novant and Atrium images. Preferably, it is best to bring all information to your office visit which would include your MRI. Dr. Hunter likes to review the MRI with his patients during the office visit. Any imaging that is done at Caromont, Dr. Hunter is able to pull up the result in his office