Suffering From Back and Neck Pain? Investing in Treatment Pays Off in the Long Run
Why delaying or forgoing treatment may worsen your condition
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for chronic disability and incapacity for work in the western world, and the second leading reason why Americans see physicians; upper respiratory infections are first. While the problem of back pain is widespread – affecting eight out of 10 adults during their lifetime – early intervention reduces the likelihood of back pain becoming a chronic problem. Furthermore, individuals who delay treatment often see deterioration in their health-related quality of life and psychological well-being, as well as increased physical problems. Therefore, a simple doctor’s visit and following your doctor’s prescribed care can save you hundreds – and sometimes even thousands – of dollars in medical bills.
The question is: How do you know when you should seek a physician’s advice and treatment? Dr.
1. Bowel and bladder problems
If you are having problems controlling your bladder or bowel, you should see a doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.
2. Severe pain that does not improve with rest
If your back pain gets worse or keeps you up at night, it should be investigated. If you have a fever, it could be an infection, and medical care is necessary.
3. Pain after a fall or an injury
Many people walk away from a fall or accident feeling okay. However, pain caused by trauma can be delayed, so it is important to have it checked.
4. Weakness and numbness in your legs
If you experience a sudden onset of weakness or numbness in your legs, you should speak to a doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency department as this may indicate a serious problem. Other causes of weakness or numbness can be spinal stenosis – a condition caused by the narrowing of the spine that can put pressure on your spinal cord or the nerves in your back.
In many cases, individuals will delay treatment, hoping that their back pain and subsequent symptoms will get better. However, forgoing treatment and turning to home remedies as cheaper alternatives often worsen a patient’s condition, leading to more costly treatment.
“It is important to remember that the majority of back pain itself is not harmful and will usually get better in several weeks. However, acute and chronic back and neck pain can be harmful to your heath,” said Dr. Guyer. “Your health is your most valuable asset. So when in doubt, see your doctor for proper treatment.”
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SOURCE Texas Back Institute