We all get aches and pains occasionally. Sometimes we know what led to our latest backache, but other times it’s a mystery. We know to use heating pads, OTC meds, and stretches to help it resolve. When it doesn’t go away on its own, suffering with back pain can lead to lost time from work and problems with everyday activities. These situations don’t always need the intervention of a medical professional, but when is it time to see a spine specialist?
Discs in our spine separate our vertebrae and act as cushions to absorb movement and shock from running, walking, or lifting. A herniated disc is also called a slipped, bulged, or ruptured disc. No matter what you call it, they can be painful and affect your quality of life. What are 7 signs of a herniated disc?
If you have ever had sciatica pain, you understand the nagging and burning pain that runs through your lower back and down your leg, and how difficult it is to find relief. It may come and go or may only last a few days, but if it keeps coming back, it’s best to understand the risk factors for sciatica pain and when to see Texas Spine Associates.
Anyone who has ever experienced the jolt of pain doing something mundane like tying their shoes or pulling weeds understands how debilitating lower back pain can be. Once it happens, it can become a chronic problem that prevents you from enjoying life.
Most of us give little thought to our spine unless we have chronic lower back or neck pain. Even then, many of us just take OTC medications, use heating pads, and hope it will just go away. It usually does not, so when is it time to seek a spine evaluation? The answer is sooner rather than later and here’s why.
Just like many medical procedures, hearing the term “spinal fusion” can immediately cause concern and fear in someone due to the unknown. Instead of taking time to Google horror stories and cause your brain to create all sorts of scenarios, we’ve compiled a few fast facts about spinal fusion that may help ease your mind.
Uneven shoulders and waist, one hip higher than the other, and a shoulder blade being more prominent than the other are all early signs of scoliosis. It can be hard to detect at first, but once diagnosed should be monitored as the more serious cases can lead to lung and heart damage. Here’s an overview on the types of scoliosis, what to watch for, and when to see Texas Spine Associates.
If you have ever had sciatica pain, you know the frustration of trying to relieve that nagging, seemingly elusive shock down the back of your leg. It radiates down the sciatic nerve from your lower back to your hips, buttocks, and leg. Maybe the best way to prevent its return is understanding the common causes of worsening sciatica pain. Continue reading “Common Causes of Worsening Sciatica Pain”
A collapsed disc of the spine can be quite painful and restrictive of your daily activities, and in many cases can become a chronic problem. If you have recurring back or neck pain, it is helpful to understand the clear causes and symptoms of a collapsed disc so you can seek early treatment from Texas Spine Associates.
If you can say spondylolisthesis, you’re already doing great! But even those that can say it may not know that there are many different types of spondylolisthesis that are classified in a variety of different ways. Here are some quick definitions that can help you in understanding more about this condition.