In regards to back and neck pain, do your surgeons treat conservatively or are they only interested in performing surgery? All patients are treated conservatively as long as possible. Only when a patient shows signs of peripheral nerve damage, in cases where paralysis is imminent, or when conservative measures of treatment have failed and the patient's quality of life is unacceptable, will surgery be suggested.
How do I tell if I have muscular pain or if the spine is affected? If the pain starts after a weekend of strenuous activity and goes away in three days, the problem is probably muscular. If the pain persists or worsens, you may need to be evaluated by your primary care physician to determine whether you have suffered an injury to your spine.
What is the best exercise to keep your back fit? Swimming is the best exercise. It engages all muscle groups and puts no stress on the muscles.
What are the symptoms of a herniated disc? The first symptom is usually extreme, sudden pain. In many cases, it is the bottom two discs in the spinal column that herniated, so the pain usually begins in the lower back. When they bulge, the discs exert pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing sharp pain to shoot down the leg. Herniated discs higher up on the spine can cause pain and weakness in the neck, shoulder, or arms. Numbness and tingling in toes and finger, as well as a loss of movement or strength in any part of the body may also be symptoms of a herniated disc.
When should people see a doctor for back pain? You should see your primary care physician if you suffer from back pain that is accompanied by pain that radiates down your leg or pain that does not seem to go away or worsens after a few days of rest.