Q. How can pain in my arm be caused by problems with my neck?
The pain that you’re feeling in your arm could be related to a problem in your neck. This pain is known as referred pain. It’s similar to how pain in your leg can be related to low back pain. When you injure tissues deeper inside your body, sometimes your brain cannot determine the exact source of the pain. So instead, you feel pain further away from the source of the pain. At the Spine Care Center, we treat referred pain by addressing the root issue.
Q. When will my spine pain stop?
First we work to identify the cause of your pain, and develop a treatment plan. The amount of time it takes for the pain in your spine to go away will vary depending on the type of injury you have, your health, lifestyle, and other factors. After your spine provider has had the time to evaluate your injury, we may be able to give you a better idea of your recovery time.
Q. What are some signs or symptoms of spine problems?
Some signs that you should be aware of are pain or numbness that radiates/spreads through your legs and arms. Another condition you should be aware of is cauda equina syndrome. This is caused by a herniated disc that has grown so big that it fills up your spinal canal. Also, pain that flares up unexpectedly can be a red flag as well. If you’re experiencing any of these conditions, contact the Spine Care Center for an appointment.
Q. Are numbness in my hands and weakness in my arms signs of a pinched nerve?
These may be signs of a pinched nerve, or radiculopathy. These pinched nerves are caused when something rubs or presses against a nerve and irritates it. This condition must be diagnosed by a trained medical professional such as the spine specialists at Spine Care Center in Virginia.
Q. I have pain in my upper back and both of my parents have osteoarthritis. Is osteoarthritis hereditary?
This is not necessarily always the case. Pain in the upper back can be caused by a variety of issues such as osteoarthritis (OA). Heredity may contribute to OA, and the symptoms you’re experiencing could be related to a cartilage issue that was passed on through genetics.
Q. My neck makes a crunching sound when I turn it. Is this a serious issue?
The popping noise may be the sound of a muscle or tendon sliding over a bony bump. It could also be the sound of your joints grinding, or an inflamed joint that has become thickened. If you continue hearing crunching noises when you turn your neck, you may call the Spine Care Center to be examined by a spine care provider to help with your posture and muscle balance. We have treatment options available that may stop the crunching noise and discomfort you’re experiencing.
Q. I have been experiencing back pain intermittently for several years. Why is this happening?
Recurring back pain can be caused by a number of problems, including lifting incorrectly, bad posture, or natural wear and tear after you’ve already suffered from significant back pain. Physical therapy or other conservative treatments may help strengthen and give stability to your spine.
Q. I have a hump/rounded upper back. Why is this happening, and will it continue to get worse over time?
A hump or rounded shape in the upper back is known as a thoracic kyphosis. It can be caused by genetics or years of bad posture (such as slouching). People who suffer from osteoporosis may also have rounded posture. At the Spine Care Center, we can perform tests to examine the health of your bones and other factors that may be contributing to your condition.
Q. Can my family doctor or other medical professionals treat my spine condition?
Some other medical professionals do see patients suffering from chronic spine pain, but your best option is to seek treatment from trained and experienced spine specialists. Our team specializes in diagnosing and treating spine conditions, and our office utilizes innovative technology and instruments specifically for the spine.
Q. Should I see a spine specialist if my MRI Scan shows I have a bulging disc?
Some patients who have a “bulging disc” do not experience any pain or problems. However, if your bulging disc is causing you pain, discomfort, numbness, or other symptoms, we recommend making an appointment as soon as possible.
Q. I am uncomfortable when I sleep. Should I get a new mattress or pillow?
Using a mattress or pillow that provides better support can help you sleep better at night. Softer mattresses or water beds may not give your spine the support it needs.