Spine pain—back and neck issues—tend to be more concerning than other forms of pain. This makes sense, on account of the spine’s role in the central nervous system, but it isn’t quite as warranted as you might think. There are many instances wherein the problem is not as serious (yet) as it seems.
Now, that being said, pain is never normal. It is an indication of an existing problem. Further, it obviously hurts – and this can disrupt your life!
If you are having back or neck pain, it is important to act upon it. At the same time, there likely isn’t a need to panic. Instead, come see us here at McDowell Podiatry Group and have our orthopedic specialist evaluate the situation and create a treatment plan.
Let’s look at these respective issues, when it is time to be concerned, and what can be done about them.
Back Pain Basics
Back pain has a range that extends from mild, annoying aching on the low end all the way up to severe, disabling pain at the extreme end. Depending on your specific circumstance, you may have restricted mobility, difficulty sleeping, and an inability to perform even normal activities.
The good news is that most instances of back pain will heal – even if it doesn’t seem like it.
The reason for this is the simple fact that a good number of acute back pain episodes can be attributed due to muscle strain. Muscle strains often heal in expedient fashion because muscles generally have a strong blood supply which brings the necessary proteins and nutrients for natural healing processes to be performed.
It is important to understand that we are currently talking about most cases of back pain and difficulty. There are, of course, other instances wherein the problem is something other than muscular strain.
An example of non-strain back pain is when injury has been caused by physical trauma. This happens during car accidents, football games, and other such events wherein there is tremendous amount of force.
If you have experienced such an incident and are experiencing back pain, it is important to come in and see us as soon as possible. In the event numbness is present, you should seek immediate medical care.
The symptoms of back pain can vary, but include stiffness, achiness, sharp pain, dull pain, and tingling or numbness down into the legs.