Back pain is a common ailment, and can occur for a wide variety of reasons. In many cases, back pain is simply caused by strained muscles from things like heavy lifting, exercise, or slouching for long periods. Often, such cases resolve themselves over a few short days of recovery. Unfortunately, some cases last much longer and may be caused by much more serious issues.

For many patients, the cause of their severe back pain is easily identified; they may have been in a recent car accident, or may have lifted a large amount of weight improperly. For others, the source of the pain is unknown. When seeing a doctor to diagnose your severe back pain, it is important to be open and honest about your symptoms, as well as any possible causes or traumatic incidents that may have occurred. By understanding things like your symptoms, the timing of their onset, the areas of pain and the type of pain (sharp or dull/aching), your doctor will be able to better determine your condition and more accurately recommend treatment, surgery or further testing as needed.

Back pain may be caused by such neurologically-related issues as:

  • Ruptured/herniated discs
  • Spinal fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Spinal tumors

Although back pain can be vague and its cause difficult to identify, affected individuals should consult a doctor as soon as possible if they experience severe pain that radiates throughout the body, numbness/tingling, loss of motion, difficulty sitting or standing for long periods, a sudden increase in falling incidents or other unusual changes in their back or general health.

If you are experiencing back pain that you believe may be related to a neurological condition, contact our office at your earliest convenience to set up an appointment for an evaluation. Dr. Neece and his expert staff can help diagnose your condition and determine the best treatment plan for your needs.