Spinal pain, including pain affecting the back and neck, is one of the most common complaints among individuals in the United States. In fact, the American Chiropractic Association estimates that approximately 31 million Americans will experience low-back pain at any given time. Unfortunately, a number of individuals ignore their pain and put off seeking appropriate treatment. Learn more about the dangers of ignoring your spinal pain and the importance of contacting your spine specialist:
Symptoms Will Likely Worsen
Unless your spinal pain is due to a minor sprain or strain, chances are high that ignoring your symptoms will only allow them to progressively worsen. Don’t let pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness interfere with your quality of life by ignoring your spinal condition.
More Serious Conditions May Go Undiagnosed
While spinal pain may be caused by a number of non-life threatening conditions such as disc herniation and spinal stenosis, some instances of spinal pain are caused by more serious underlying conditions. For example, spinal tumors can put pressure on the nerves within your spine and cause a number of similar symptoms as spinal stenosis, meaning that ignoring your symptoms may allow a more serious health concern to go undiscovered.
More Invasive Treatment Methods May Be Required
Ignoring your spinal pain until it becomes unbearable often increases your risk of requiring more invasive treatment methods such as open back surgery. Individuals who seek immediate care for back and neck pain, on the other hand, often gain relief through less invasive treatment methods such as conservative therapies or minimally invasive spine surgery.
Whether you’re suffering from spinal pain due to an acute or chronic condition, the Spine Institute of Marc A. Cohen, M.D. is here to help. Learn how you can reduce your back and neck pain by contacting our New Jersey office at (888) 902-3768. You can also visit us online for more information on our services.