This Blog Covers:
- Patients experiencing back pain for an extended period of time often attribute their symptoms to old age or a minor injury.
- As their symptoms progress, however, they begin to wonder what’s causing their pain. Ultimately, they turn to the Internet for answers.
- In this blog, the spine specialists at American Spine address what a spinal fracture may feel like for patients experiencing chronic back pain.
First and foremost, it’s important we point out that until you see a specialist for an official diagnosis, there is no telling what may be causing your pain. Patients may be apprehensive to see their primary care physician or a spine specialist in fear of discovering the root cause of their discomfort. We understand a trip to the doctor's office isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time, however, undergoing a comprehensive evaluation is absolutely necessary if you want a definitive answer to your back pain problem.
Now that we’ve discussed the importance of receiving an official diagnosis, we know patients are still going to turn to the Internet for answers. The spine specialists at American Spine value patient education and want to provide patients with as much information on a topic as possible. Still, we can only speak generally about what may be causing your pain. According to our data, there are a number of people searching for, “what does a spinal fracture feel like?” This tells us that these patients have either:
A) Sustained some kind of traumatic injury to their back and are experiencing intense pain.
B) Have been experiencing severe back pain for quite some time; they may suffer from a condition that increases their risk of a spinal fracture, such as osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease, or spinal arthritis (ankylosing spondylitis).
Statistically, spinal fractures affect women over the age of 50 more than other patient demographics. Regardless, anyone is at risk of developing a spinal fracture. There are a number of symptoms that indicate the presence of a spinal fracture. If you’re experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, please call American Spine right away to schedule an appointment:
- Sudden, severe back pain that feels sharp
- Pain that worsens when standing or walking
- Pain that alleviates slightly when lying down or sitting
- Increased pain when bending over or twisting the spine
- Pain that occurs with everyday activities like lifting objects, bending or reaching for things, etc.
- Loss of spinal height and/or spine curves in a hunchback shape
These are all very general symptoms that could indicate the presence of other conditions or spinal problems. Therefore, it’s important patients seek a medical diagnosis from a trained professional. Call American Spine today to schedule an appointment with one of our spine specialists. We will administer a thorough evaluation complete with diagnostic imaging. Call today!
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.