4 Signs You Should Visit A Spine Specialist ASAP

Category: Spine | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: October 3, 2016

Seeing a Minnesota Spine Specialist

Research shows that nearly 90 percent of Americans will experience spine pain at some point in their life. Obviously not every spinal ache is cause for a visit to the emergency room, but what signs should you look for that signal there’s something seriously wrong in your spine? We share four signs that suggest you should head to a spine specialist as soon as possible in today’s blog. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should consider setting up a consultation with a spine specialist or heading into the emergency room.

Severe Pain that Doesn’t Fade

A back injury can hurt tremendously at the outset, but that doesn’t always mean it’s a serious injury that needs to be seen by a specialist, especially if you can pinpoint why your back hurts. For example, if you got kneed in the back during a basketball game or you fell off a ladder, you can see if pain subsides within 24-48 hours before determining if a visit to the doctor is necessary. Sometimes rest, ice and a proper diet can help alleviate pain. However, if pain does not resolve, or it gets worse, head into the doctor’s office.

Shooting Pain in Your Legs

If you are experiencing shooting or pulsing pain in your hips and legs, it could be a sign of a pinched nerve or sciatica. These problems rarely resolve on their own, and left untreated they can cause even more nerve damage. If you are experiencing shooting pain when walking, running or when you put weight on a leg, set up a consultation as soon as possible.


Numbness is another sign of nerve damage. Since the spine is home to so many nerves that play crucial roles in normal body functions, the numbness can develop in a number of different locations, like your arms, hands, spine, neck or legs. Numbness can leave you susceptible to another injury, and there’s a chance the nerve damage could become permanent if ignored for a long period. If you wake up with a numb hand because you slept in a funny position, that’s not a cause for concern, but if you experience numbness throughout your normal day, you’ll want to head in for a checkup.

Bladder Problems

A bladder incontinence problem or difficulty passing stool is a clear sign of a problem that should not be ignored. This blockage can cause serious and permanent health problems. If you are experiencing spine pain and it is coupled with bladder problems, do not wait to call a doctor. Head into their office right away.

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