Approximately 80% of us will experience back or neck pain at some point over the course of our lives. In fact, general back and neck pain is one of the most common reasons for a doctor visit. Fortunately, common back or neck pain typically dissipates and lessens on its own, causing only minor discomfort and inconvenience. Especially if you employ at-home care such as stretching, using heating and cooling pads and practicing correct posture, you will be more likely to self-heal. However, back or neck pain is not a condition that should be taken lightly. It can quickly progress and lead to more serious conditions.
Causes of back or neck pain
It can be caused by any number of underlying conditions, such as a degenerated disc, disc herniation or more serious issues such as spinal stenosis or a spinal tumor. Before panicking about back pain, it’s important to remember that its causes vary, as do treatment options for it. At Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery, we’re skilled at treating all levels of back pain and spine related conditions, no matter how simple or complex. We take back pain seriously and understand the debilitating effects it can have on our patients. We also believe that other care options should be explored before resorting to an operation, so our team evaluates every possible cause and treatment.
When do I see a doctor about my back or neck pain?
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s recommended you seek medical advice.
- If you have suffered from back pain for longer than one month
- If your pain is persistent or acute
- If you wake from sleep because of your pain
- If your pain moves into the legs, arms, or other extremities
- If you’ve suffered trauma and are experiencing serious back pain as a result
All of these reasons are good cause to consult a specialist about your discomfort. At Polaris, we help pinpoint the underlying cause of your pain, and our team works with you to tailor a wellness plan for your specific needs.