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Should You See a Doctor About Your Back or Neck Pain?

Problems with your back and neck can be difficult to pinpoint. Conditions such as pulled muscles, pinched nerves, herniated discs or spinal cord compression can have symptoms that range from dull aches and sharp or burning pain to weakness or tingling in your arms and legs. You may experience pain and shocking sensations when you bend, twist, walk or stand up. Lumbar or lower back pain, sciatic nerve pain and issues near the top of the spine and neck can have several different causes.

Whether you've suffered from severe back and neck pain for a long time or are just beginning to deal with symptoms, if your back or neck pain is keeping you from doing things you enjoy, interrupting your sleep or disrupting your daily life, you should consider making an appointment with a spine specialist. At Eastern New Mexico Medical Group in Roswell, NM, we offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical solutions to treat severe back and neck pain.

Spinal conditions we treat:

  • Arthritis of the spine or spondylosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Nerve root or spinal cord compression
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sciatic nerve issues
  • Scoliosis
  • Slipped vertebrae
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Whiplash
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are some non-surgical treatment options for back and neck pain?

Chronic back and neck pain shouldn't go untreated, especially if it's interfering with your life. An orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon can help diagnose and treat your spine pain. Typically, less invasive treatments will be recommended before surgery. Common treatments for spine pain include physical therapy, braces, medication and injections. Your doctor will develop a plan to help alleviate your pain.

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What are some surgical treatment options for back and neck pain?

Surgery could be recommended when more traditional treatments like physical therapy and medication fail to relieve your back or neck pain. If surgery is recommended, your spine specialist will use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. This involves smaller incisions than traditional or open surgery, typically resulting in less pain and a faster recovery. Our surgical services range from general spine procedures to cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) surgeries.

Keep in mind that robotic-assisted surgery could be an option for some patients, providing the potential for reduced pain and a faster recovery over more traditional surgeries. The process typically starts with a scan of the patient's spine. Then the system creates a 3D model which allows the surgeon to determine a spinal alignment plan before surgery.

Then, a spine surgeon can utilize the robot and software to assist with positioning and alignment during surgery. Our robotic-assisted system provides measurements and visualization of the patient's unique anatomy, allowing the surgeon to adjust and customize the plan.

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What is chronic spine pain?

Pain in your spine can become debilitating. If you're trying to decide whether you should see a doctor, consider how long you've been dealing with pain and the level of pain you feel. Pain lasting more than three months and not dissipating is considered chronic. Pain that keeps you from performing daily living activities is considered severe. If you're dealing with this kind of pain, we recommend visiting a spine specialist.

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What are some common causes of severe back and neck pain?

Painful spinal conditions can be caused by sports-related injuries that involve twists or impacts, lifting heavy objects, falling, poor posture or wear and tear. The good news is that many of the most common spine problems in the lower back and neck are treatable. Here's a look at some of the causes of lumbar (lower back) and cervical (neck) pain:

  • Fractures - Cracks in bone
  • Herniated or slipped disc - Soft inner cartilage protrudes out of the disk that cushions vertebra
  • Sciatica - Pain that courses through the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back to your legs
  • Spinal cord compression - A mass of tissue places pressure on the nerves of the spinal cord
  • Spinal stenosis - Narrowing of the spinal canal, where nerve roots are located
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