The nerves in the spine and neck send signals from your brain to your body. If your spine is injured, or the functions are disrupted in some way, you may experience symptoms in seemingly unrelated places.
Soreness or stiffness in the arm or shoulder could signal a herniated disc in the spine that is pinching nerves. You may also experience numbness or tingling radiating down the arm into your fingers. If the pain is radiating down your arm, make an appointment immediately. We may also diagnose a primary shoulder or arm problem and if it needs treatment we will refer you to the appropriate non-spinal specialist, usually an orthopedic surgeon, that treats extremities.
Low Back Pain
Most lower back pain and lower back spasms are caused by a muscle strain from injury or overuse. You can also experience low back pain because of a herniated disc, osteoarthritis, spondylolisthesis or spinal stenosis, which put pressure on the nerves in your spine, or a fracture or spinal deformity. Less often, bacterial infection, vascular problems or spinal tumors can also cause low back pain.
Neck pain can be the result by stress to the neck - from trauma, muscle or ligament strain, for examples. Neck problems can also be symptoms of degenerative diseases, poor posture or abnormalities in the bone or joints.
A herniated disc in the lumbar spine (low back) can cause pain to radiate down your leg, aka sciatica. A simple way to differentiate leg pain as a result of a herniated disc and other causes is if the pain is only felt in one leg, or if it worsens if you cough or sneeze. If you feel pain specifically in these areas, you may have pinched nerves as a result of a herniated disc. Spinal Stenosis can also cause leg pain often accompanied by worsening back pain when walking that is relived when you rest.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU ARE INQUIRING ABOUT ARE EXPERENCING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS, SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AT YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM OR HOSPITAL:
- Fever, drowsiness, severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, irritation to bright light
- New onset foot drop (inability to lift your foot)
- Calf pain or pain only below the knee or swelling in one or both legs.
- Loss of bowel or bladder control