Pain, whether acute or chronic, is something everyone encounters in their lifetimes, and yet suffering from it can feel isolating. In hopes to alleviate the isolation and stigma pain sufferers can feel, September is national Pain Awareness Month.
At Q Spine Institute, raising pain awareness helps bring relief to patients faster by opening a dialogue to discuss symptoms, conditions, and treatments to find the right fit for each individual.
Awareness Leads to Relief
Despite how common feeling pain, especially back pain, may be (31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time) it can still be hard to find relief. Acknowledging symptoms and talking with your doctor helps get a proper diagnosis and determine your best pain management plan.
Although it can seem easier to ignore or try to muscle through pain, being aware when everyday aches turn into something more notable can be key in preventing serious conditions from developing. Being aware of your pain symptoms and describing them to your doctor is the first step towards getting better.
Pain Symptoms of Spine Conditions
Describing pain can be harder than you expect. While it is helpful to say “it hurts here,” it is even more helpful for your doctor if you can articulate the type of pain you’re experiencing. Describing symptoms in detail helps your physician narrow down what may be causing the pain and if there is a specific condition that can be treated, resolving your pain. Especially important for diagnosing and treating spine conditions, here are common back pain symptoms:
- Sharp pain concentrated in specific areas
- Dull aches or stiffness in general regions
- Radiating pain from one area of the body to extremities or other parts of the body
- Stinging or burning sensations
- Muscle spasms and tightness
- Difficulty straightening or extended back or limbs
Pain can also be described by the physical movements that trigger or worsen the symptoms, such as prolonged sitting, standing, twisting or walking.
More detailed information about your unique pain symptoms provide greater awareness for your physician on what your possible medical condition may be.
Treatments for Pain Relief
Raising pain awareness is a vital step to share options and opportunities to for pain sufferers to find relief. Often pain relief is easier to obtain than most realize, especially for back pain sufferers. Describing your pain symptoms with your doctor can help find what the right treatment is for your condition.
While starting with at-home remedies can provide simple relief at your convenience, it is important to keep up your own awareness of how your pain symptoms are doing
Are they alleviated, do they return after trying the at-home remedies, are they getting worse with time?
Consulting with your doctor if pain persists can help guide what other options for pain relief may be right for your situation, including minimally invasive surgery. Finding the right treatment is dependent on your pain awareness and sharing that awareness with your doctor.
HOW Q SPINE INSTITUTE CAN HELP
At Q Spine Institute, we understand your lifestyle and make it our top priority to give our patients the best care possible and return their quality of life to them. If you or a loved one are experiencing neck, leg, or back pain, please contact the Q Spine team at (732) 660-8942 or request a free phone consultation today.