At some point, you’re bound to feel pain related to your neck or spine. There is activity in all of our lives, and even the smallest misstep can cause you pain. That’s why we’d like to present a series of videos to you dealing with cervical spine problems, neck problems, what problems are serious, and when you should see one of our providers. You’ve no doubt had experiences with soreness and neck aches. That’s normal. But, when is it serious enough to seek out medical attention?
Do You Need a Doctor?
Pain comes in many forms. Sometimes it comes and goes; sometimes it goes away with something as simple as ibuprofen or Tylenol. In these cases, you might not need a doctor. If you experience intermittent pain, a physical therapist could show you a regimen of exercises and stretches that is simple and easy enough for you to do at home. So, when do you really need to see a doctor? Here are some key symptoms that should point you to your doctor:
- If the pain won’t go away
- If it interferes with your sleep habits
- If you have a headache that swims up the back of your head
- If the pain spreads to your shoulders
- If there is a sharp, stabbing pain between your shoulder blades
Are you experiencing one or more of these symptoms? If you are, you might find that your shoulders are aching even though you did nothing to hurt them. The pain might then spread down into your arms and hands, causing your hands to go numb. This all points to a cervical spine issue.
The numbness isn’t the end of it, though. Cervical spine issues can also manifest themselves with a drop sensation. This means that you keep dropping items and picking them up, all the while feeling as though your hand is losing coordination and dexterity. That’s when you need to come to Trinity. Our providers are experts at diagnosing problems with physical exams and imaging studies. Are you in pain? We can help.