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What questions should I ask my neurosurgeon at my back pain visit?

What questions should I ask my neurosurgeon at my back pain visit?

What is my diagnosi: Most neuro surgeons I know only see nerve pain leg arm pain pinched nerves don't cause most back pain spine bone joints muscles do. ...Read more

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Neurosurgeon (Definition)

A neurosurgeon is a specialist in the evaluation and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. This includes brain, spine, and peripheral nerve problems. The most common surgeries done are for back/neck problems, head injuries, brain tumors, aneurysms, and strokes. Training for neurosurgery is usually 6-8 years of residency training after medical school. There ...Read more


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Low back pain after hip replacement neurosurgeon?

Low back pain after hip replacement neurosurgeon?

SI joint: It may be si joint dysfunction. Having said that, a spine specialist should be able to perform a thorough evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have back pain (severity: severe), muscle cramps or spasms, pain shooting down the leg. I had an MRI shows L3, 4, 5 Narrowed with degeneration. I am taking PT, I am improving, Is PT enough? I have an appt with Neurosurgeon.

I have back pain (severity: severe), muscle cramps or spasms, pain shooting down the leg. I had an MRI shows L3, 4, 5 Narrowed with degeneration. I am taking PT, I am improving, Is PT enough? I have an appt with Neurosurgeon.

PT: As long as you are improving with PT and there are no warning signs, you should continue it for as long as it is prescribed to you. It's a good idea to discuss surgical options and their outcomes with neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident on tuesday. I didn't have back pain at the time of my ER visit and now I do 4 days later. Should I go back in?

I was in a car accident on tuesday. I didn't have back pain at the time of my ER visit and now I do 4 days later. Should I go back in?

Yes, but not ER: They will send you out to another care giver. You could start with a variety of clinicians who can help: chiropractor, physical medicine and rehab, orthopedic evaluation followed by actual treatment by a chiropractor, physical therapist, pain medicine doc, massage therapist, acupuncturist... ...Read more

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I am getting pain in right thigh ; a nerve at right leg junction causing pain in thigh; right testical and back pain. Pls suggest whom I need to visit?

I am getting pain in right thigh ; a nerve at right leg junction causing pain in thigh; right testical and back pain. Pls suggest whom I need to visit?

Disc herniation: This may be symptoms of a disc herniation. Sounds like it is involving one of the upper lumbar nerve roots. Best doctor to seek treatment for this condition is a physiatrist. Specialist who focuses on musculoskeletal, neurological and orthopedic conditions. ...Read more

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This is the first time I've had low back pain. Will I have to have x-rays on my first visit to the doctor?

This is the first time I've had low back pain. Will I have to have x-rays on my first visit to the doctor?

No: Generally an x-ray is not necessary for your first visit for back pain. The exception might be if you had trauma to your back (car accident, fall from a ladder, etc.) the great majority of the time only conservative measures are needed for back pain, such as anti-inflammatory medications, rest, stretching, and physical therapy. Consult your doctor if your symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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Severe low back pain for 5 weeks along with constipation for 2 weeks. I have a GP visit next week but the pain in horrible. Should I go to the ER?

Severe low back pain for 5 weeks along with constipation for 2 weeks. I have a GP visit next week but the pain in horrible. Should I go to the ER?

Try to have BM: I presume you are taking (possibly strong) pain pills for your back & this has contributed to constipation. If horrible BACK pain, & on meds, go to Urgent Care or ER. If ABDOMINAL pain, possibly from constipation, try to have BM through CAREFUL Fleet's or water enema or Miralax (polyethylene glycol). Basics for constipation of dietary fiber, WATER, and exercise should be in place. If no BM, to Urgent Care/ ER. ...Read more

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I have gotten a stiff neck along with lower back pain, so do I visit a neurologist or orthopedist?

Stiff neck and back: Pain are common problems. Primary care doctors can often deal with this as can chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists. Private practice neurologists will vary a bit in their approach and are well trained to treat these problems conservatively. Orthopedic surgeons like to order scans and operate on things. I would go with a conservative approach first (read up on both topics) ...Read more

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I have severe lower back pain which caused my torso to twist. Should I use heat or ice? Should I visit a chiropractor? Steroid shot?

I have severe lower back pain which caused my torso to twist. Should I use heat or ice? Should I visit a chiropractor? Steroid shot?

Both: Alternating heat and ice are good. I would recommend a sports medicine physician or rehab medicine you could also see the chiropractor. Steroid shots are generally helpful ...Read more

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My mom was in a car accident and now she has back pain and numbness and weakness in one arm. What questions should I ask the doctor/be concerned abt?

BACK PAIN AND NUMBNE: If she has numness and weakness in the arm related to the auto accident then the pain in back is high up in neck area. If she has pain in lower back as welyou need to be concerned for pinch nerve in neck area (cervical spine) causing the numbness and pain in arm and extent of back injuries and she needs MRI exam to confirm the clinical diagnosis and may need meds and/or physical therapy. ...Read more

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Hey Dr. Kim I have a few questions for you. I'm new to this site but I've been dealing with chronic back pain for some time now. I work construction so back pain is a daily occurrence.?

Hey Dr. Kim I have a few questions for you. I'm new to this site but I've been dealing with chronic back pain for some time now. I work construction so back pain is a daily occurrence.?

Several thoughts: Injuries on the construction site is a major problem. Interestingly stress and anxiety play a factor. Stressed workers are 3 times more likely to injure themselves. There are things the worker can due to help prevent injury. The following site gives an overview of the problem. Http://bit. Ly/1EjluZ0 and this excellent site gives specific advice for each job...http://bit. Ly/1dk4nkL ...Read more

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I have a question about long term nagging back pain and X-ray interpretation?

What's the question?: If its long term and seems you've had an x-ray already, probably need an MRI and a good physical exam to get the right diagnosis to steer you towards the right treatment. ...Read more

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What questions do I ask the doctor treating my back pain?

Many: 1) are you a spine specialist or do you treat many spine injuries? 2) are their non surgical ways to treat this 3) what are the success rates for the options you have offered? (not anectdotal personal results - what does the spine literature say about the proposed options! 4 in general to all patients - beware of fads and advertisements regarding back pain treatments that sound "too good.". ...Read more

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My question is what causes pelvic pain and severe back pain?

My question is what causes pelvic pain and severe back pain?

Back pain: Pelvic pain can be caused by arthritis in the low back with impingement of the nerves that radiate into the pelvis and legs (lumbar plexus). Alternatively, inflammation of the sacroiliac (si) joints, kidney stones, or ovarian cysts can cause back and pelvic pain. ...Read more

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Can low back pain affect your knee? I find that if I sit my low back hurts all the way to my knee? Please explain thanks for answering all my question

Can low back pain affect your knee? I find that if I sit my low back hurts all the way to my knee? Please explain thanks for answering all my question

Hip vs back: First, make sure not a hip problem. Pain with sitting, getting up from seated from groin to knee suggests a hip problem. Movement of hip will also aggravate. A disk problem will usually cause pain past knee. But, a less common disk problem at l2-3-4 may cause pain radiating to front of thigh to knee. It may require a doc visit to confirm. X-rays/mri also may help if still in question. ...Read more

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I am suffering from back pain. I do X-ray and the report says "lumbar lodorsis loss"....Now my question is what is treatment for it...?

I am suffering from back pain. I do X-ray and the report says "lumbar lodorsis loss"....Now my question is what is treatment for it...?

Postural: Loss of lumbar lordosis is a postural abnormality. I would highly recommend you seek out a physical therapy-based regimen of postural retraining and 'back school'. ...Read more

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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more