4 Surprising Reasons You Shouldn't Ignore Back Pain

You’ve likely experienced back pain at some point. With muscle strains, pinched nerves, shooting pain and everything in between, it’s no wonder that nearly 90% of Americans will experience back pain at some point.

In fact, back pain is second only to the common cold as the medical condition doctors hear about most. For most people, back pain will subside in 6 to 8 weeks; however, it’s important that during that time you don’t ignore the pain.

Instead, work with an expert or utilize at home care to promote the health of your back. Bethwel Raore, MD, a neurosurgeon at Gwinnett Medical Center's Back Pain Center details some of the most common complications that can result from back pain, these include:

Nerve Damage

The human back is very complex. It is made up of over 25 vertebral bones, discs, ligaments, muscles and nerves. If you have back pain that is the result of a slipped or herniated disc, degenerated disc(s) or bone fracture, the nerves that pass through the vertebrae can become squeezed or pinched.

In addition to causing pain in your back, it may also cause pain, numbness and muscle weakness wherever the nerve travels, including the leg. Severe nerve damage may even lead to bladder, bowel or intestinal problems, but that is only in extreme cases.

Lower Sex Drive

Let’s be honest, back pain can cause a lot of discomfort both physically and emotionally, neither of which set the mood. And while being intimate with your partner should be enjoyable, it can cause anxieties when you’re worried about worsening pain.

To further complicate matters, this can be a difficult and embarrassing topic to talk about with your partner and/or doctor. Over time, stress and anxiety can continue to build up making it more difficult to perform.

Emotional Distress

From sleeping, to eating, to socializing and being active, it disrupts nearly every aspect of your life. This can lead to feelings of frustration, moodiness, anxiety and even depression.

It can be difficult to feel like yourself when you aren’t able to enjoy your routine activities. Unfortunately, this can even impede recovery as you may feel unmotivated to care for your back and your overall health.

Weight Gain

There is no doubt that staying active with back pain is difficult. When, standing, bending and sitting are painful, it can make exercise very limiting. This can lead to a weakening of your muscles and eventually weight gain. 

Unfortunately, with more weight comes increased stressed to your spine and worse back pain.

Effective Treatment for Your Back Pain

Back pain is always hard to cope with, especially if it becomes a long-term or chronic condition. Instead of enduring the pain, let the experienced specialists at the Back Pain Center help. With many courses of treatment available to you, many being non-surgical, our specialists will give you the relief you’ve been waiting for.


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