Understanding the Danger of Ignoring Spinal Pain

The back is one of the most complex parts of the human body due to the various muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments. The proper functioning of the back is an important part of our daily lives. We rely on the back’s strength and stability for even the simplest of tasks. As a result, maintaining a healthy spine is fundamental for everyday functionality. Spinal pain can be caused by accidents and injuries but can occur from simple daily tasks such as bending down incorrectly when tying your shoelaces. Pain may also arise as a result of problems with your internal organs, blood clots, bone loss, and kidney issues. Spinal pain can affect anyone and it is not something you will want to ignore for numerous reasons:

Symptoms Will Likely Worsen

While it may not seem detrimental to your quality of life at the moment, spinal pain can affect your functionality in the future. Unless your spinal pain is due to a minor sprain or strain, the chances are high that ignoring your symptoms will only allow them to worsen progressively. 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.