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How to Know When Your Back Pain Is Serious

Last updated 6 years ago

Back pain is an extremely common affliction in the United States, affecting millions of Americans each day. If you are burdened with acute or chronic back pain, you may be wondering if your pain needs to be evaluated and treated by an experienced back specialist. Although symptoms can differ from person to person, you may have a serious back problem if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described below.

Sharp Pain Radiating Down the Arm or Leg

A sharp, burning pain that radiates down one arm or leg during activity can be a sign of a pinched spinal nerve. An experienced medical professional can determine the cause of the nerve compression and recommend a course of treatment.

Numbness or Weakness in the Limbs

If you feel any numbness, weakness, or tingling in the arms, legs, fingers, or feet, you should consider seeking medical attention as soon as possible. These symptoms can be signs of spinal nerve impingement, spinal cord damage, and other serious conditions.

An Increase in Pain When You Bend Forward

Pain that increases if you bend forward, cough, or sneeze can be a sign of a herniated disc. A herniated disc occurs when the soft layer inside an intervertebral disc is able to escape from the outer layer, compressing a spinal nerve and causing pain.

Pain that Gets Worse

If you experience any chronic pain that does not improve over time, it is worth seeing a spine care specialist. As most men and women with back pain know, the progressive loss of mobility and constant pain can take a serious toll on your quality of life. Getting treatment can restore your ability to be active and can keep you pain-free.

Do not continue to live with back pain—find effective treatment today from the professionals at SpineOne in Denver. Schedule a consultation with one of our spine care experts today by calling (303) 367-2225.


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