By Rothman Institute Orthopaedics By Rothman Institute Orthopaedics | August 26, 2022 |
Back pain can be debilitating. Ask anyone who has ever struggled with this issue and they’ll agree emphatically. In this critical, central area of the body, the presence of pain simply can’t be ignored. It impacts other parts of the body and every single movement. And when back pain begins to impact their everyday quality of life, patients start to ask, “could I have a spine condition?”
Our advice to you—don’t make assumptions or rush to conclusions. Back pain can be present without the existence of any damage or injury to the spine itself. There are many potential reasons you may be experiencing pain, so before you blame your spine, let’s back up and get all the info.
Let’s Talk About Back Pain
The most common complaints we hear involve cases of what is reported as “neck pain” or “lower back pain” but back pain can vary across the board. For some, it comes on slowly, while others complain of a sudden onset. Once it presents itself, the pain may be intermittent or constant. It may feel like a sharp stabbing pain or like a low, dull, ache.
The good news is that in most instances, back pain actually resolves itself in just a matter of weeks - and often without any treatment at all. In some cases, conservative, nonsurgical treatments are used to relieve pain. But for the most part, surgery is not required.
Could I Have a Spine Condition?
Depending on the underlying condition causing your neck or lower back pain, a variety of other associated symptoms may present themselves. When pain inhibits your ability to turn, bend, stretch or perform other everyday movements, it is time to see a spine specialist to identify the root cause of your pain and to discuss possible treatment options.
Answering the Question on Your Mind
When you see a spine physician, they will perform a thorough physical examination, review your entire medical history ask you questions about your symptoms. In many cases, this initial evaluation may be enough to diagnose the issue, but if your doctor needs more information in order to answer the question, they will order one or more of the following tests.
If you suspect that a spinal condition is causing your back or neck pain, it may be time to research some specific conditions to find out if your symptoms match up. As stated earlier, it’s best not to make an assumption that your back pain is the result of a spine condition. Instead, make an appointment with a qualified spine specialist at Rothman Orthopaedics to get your questions answered. Visit us at RothmanOrtho.com or contact us at 1-800-321-9999.