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Could You Have a Spine Condition?
Friday, February 15, 2019

Does your neck or back pain frequently make you feel uncomfortable? Has the pain diminished your ability to participate in routine activities or work? Could it be due to an underlying spine condition?

Back pain and neck pain often goes away on its own; but sometimes the problems require medical attention. In these critical areas of the body, pain simply cannot be ignored. It impacts movement and affects other body parts. When your back pain or neck pain starts impacting your routine life, you may think that an underlying spine condition could be the cause behind your pain.

Could You Have a Spine Condition?

A number of other symptoms may be present, depending on the condition, causing the lower back or neck pain. If the issue is with your spine, symptoms that may be present include:
  • Balance problems or weakness
  • Trouble with coordination of figure
  • Pain gets worse when you bend
  • Tingling and numbness in the feet and hands
  • Pain extending into the legs and buttocks
Potential Spine Conditions

If your neck pain or back pain is becoming serious, there’s a chance that a spinal condition could be causing it. You should do some research about different conditions. Some of the most common problems related to spine include:
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Herniated cervical disc
  • Whiplash
  • Spinal stenos
  • Spinal osteoarthritis
When you can’t bend, stretch, turn or perform other routine movement, it’s time to visit a physician to identify what’s causing the pain and discuss potential treatment options.

Diagnosis

When you go to a physician for a check-up, they’ll review your medical history and carry out a physical examination. They will ask questions like – how long have you been experiencing pain? Does the pain extend to other parts of the body?

In many cases, the issue can be diagnosed in the initial evaluation. However, if the doctor thinks that an underlying spine condition is causing the problem, they may order additional tests like:
  • CAT or X-Ray Scan
    Obvious causes of your back pain or neck pain like deformities in spinal curve and broken bones can be identified with x-ray. Computerized axial tomography (CAT) may be required for a detailed look at bone problems.

  • MRI
    To find issues related to discs, muscles and nerve, an MRI test may be required.

  • Bone Scan
    A bone scan may be required if your doctor suspects a rare condition like infection or cancer.
If your back pain or neck pain is troubling you, you shouldn’t wait any longer to get yourself checked. If an underlying spine condition is causing the pain, contact us at 937-299-8242 to discuss your treatment options.



 
 
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