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. Harrell Alexander, a patient of Dr. Guyer, advises those who are experiencing excruciating back pain to listen to doctor's recommendations and, more important, follow their advice. "The longer you put off treatment, the more damage you do," said Harrell Alexander. "I waited too long before my first surgery, which limited my options for 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."
About Texas Back Institute
Texas Back Institute, one of the largest freestanding multispecialty clinics in the United States, was established in 1978 and provides comprehensive medical care for back and neck pain. Texas Back Institute is a back care leader specializing
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