General Back Pain
Back pain is something that many people live with on a daily basis, and it can range from mild to temporary. For many people, though, back pain is persistent and debilitating, resulting in an inability to work or live life to its fullest. Oftentimes in these cases, patients might require medical attention, maybe even surgery. So, how can you tell if your back pain is temporary and fleeting or part of a larger problem that might need to be treated with surgery? Let’s find out.
When to Seek Treatment
Some back pain is caused by stiffness or soreness from everyday wear and tear on the body, and it often goes away on its own. However, there are symptoms you can look out for that might indicate a serious issue. Some of these symptoms include:
• Pain, numbness, or weakness in legs
• Difficulty sleeping due to neck or back pain
• Sudden back pain without any clear cause
• Back pain lasting more than six weeks
When to Seek Immediate Treatment
Some cases may require immediate medical attention. If you ever experience new back pain or suddenly lose control of your bladder or bowel, seek immediate medical attention.
When you experience symptoms that don’t require a 911 call, visit our specialists at Central NJ Spine. Whenever you visit our office for treatment, our friendly staff will greet you.Then,one of our expert doctors will sit with you to discuss your symptoms, how long they last, what triggers them, and what makes them better, if anything.
From there, one of our doctors will review your medical history, including any previous test results, CT scans, X-rays, and MRIs. You will also undergo a physical exam to help pinpoint the cause of any symptoms. If further information is needed, you might have to undergo an X-ray or MRI.
After all the necessary tests and procedures are completed, you’ll be given a diagnosis and filled in on any pertinent information about your particular issue. At this time, your doctor will discuss treatment options, along with the risks and benefits of each option. It’s important to note, however, that our doctors always suggest conservative, less invasive treatment options before surgical options.
Do you think Central NJ Spine would be a good fit for you? Request a consultation with one of our doctors today to learn more about treatment options for your neck or back pain. Call our office today at 201-371-6004.