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Spine Pain Causes

Most back and neck pain is a result of muscle strain and will not require surgery. However, if you have severe pain lasting longer than three months, or have pain in your arms or legs, the problem may be more serious. Seek immediate medical attention from your doctor. Spinal back or neck pain can be a symptom of many conditions or diseases. Proper diagnosis is critical for treatment and better healing results.

When to Contact a Spine Specialist

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you may want to contact a Spine Specialist immediately.

  • Shooting pain into either or both legs (sciatica)
  • Back or leg pain aggravated by sitting or walking
  • Numbness or tingling in either arm or leg
  • Back pain radiating into the buttocks muscles
  • Weakness raising the heel or toes
  • Inability to straighten up after bending over
  • Numbness into the side of the leg or foot
  • Pain into the testicles coming from your back
  • Pain down the front of the leg
  • Giving way of your leg
  • Cramping of the same muscles
  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Limited head and neck motion, especially when turning to the side
  • Dull or sharp pain in the neck or between the shoulder blades, which can intensify in certain positions or with certain movements
  • Pain that radiates down the arm to the hand or fingers
  • Numbness or tingling in the shoulder or arms