When Should You See a Spine Specialist?
Monday, 15 December 2014 20:54

Many of us have issues with different physical ailments, some of which we are not even aware of. One problem that can arise quickly is back pain and, unfortunately, nearly everyone will experience it at some point or another. So, when is it time for you to finally consult a spine specialist about your persistent back problems? Here are a few common reasons to consider seeking out medical attention: spinal cord

  • You have a new onset of back or neck pain
  • You have a medical history of cancer
  • Your leg or foot feels numb
  • Your back pain was caused by a serious injury such as a fall or a car crash
  • You have been experiencing trouble sleeping as a result of the pain
  • Your back pain is so intense that you cannot move yourself around
  • You have lost weight without trying or have a fever or chills
  • Your back pain has not decreased within two or three weeks
  • There are many specific conditions that can cause the above symptoms.

Bulging Disc

This is a condition in which half or more of an intervertebral disc is being squeezed into an unnatural position, either because of disc weakness or extra pressure being placed on the spinal disc. Normal symptoms include feelings of numbness and constriction, but a bulging disc can also lead to other conditions.

Spinal Stenosis

Another issue that can cause back problems is spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal that happens over time due to aging and general wear; it is, thus, most common in the middle-aged and elderly. The condition can start out as a bulging or herniated disc and develop into stenosis. The issue can affect only a part of the spine or the whole thing, so patients should be on the lookout for everything from neck pain to back-wide problems.

Sciatica

Another back issue with noticeable symptoms is sciatica. This issue is caused by pressure to the sciatic nerve roots where they connect to the spinal column. This can cause consistent pain from the lower back to the tops of the legs, between which the sciatic nerve extends.

These are just a few of the conditions that can cause back pain and other symptoms. If you aren't sure about what you might have, set up an appointment today at Spine Centers of America! After all, it's better to be safe than sorry!

 
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