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?
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.
Back and neck pain is a fact of life for millions of adults. It affects our ability to work, to enjoy leisure time, concentrate, and just enjoy life in general.