Many Americans are struggling to navigate through this pandemic, whether alone or with their families. We are all dealing with uncertain times and we are also feeling the stressors of the world along with you. While we’re trying to dodge the major health risk right in front of us – Coronavirus – we also can’t be complacent and allow other health problems to sneak up on us including neck or back pain.
One of the reasons you may find yourself putting your spinal condition on the back burner is because of myths about spinal treatment. But the reality is that those are old school facts and figures. The field of spinal healthcare has advanced tremendously in the last decade to provide patients with simpler, yet effective treatment for back and neck pain. The past myths about spine care being dangerous and unsuccessful do not apply today, but many people are still more afraid of a diagnosis than the extensive pain they feel every day. We have the technology and doctors to heal and treat your pain, but the longer you wait, the more dangers the pain may impose on your overall health.
In order to address your back or neck pain in a timely manner it is also important to understand the dangers of waiting, or delaying care.
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While it may be daunting to seek out a diagnosis from your spine specialist, patients are often relieved to learn the root cause of their pain and can confidently work through treatment. Navigating through this pandemic has not been easy, but we are here for you because your pain matters, and we know that you should not have to live with debilitating pain. Our practice has safely remained open and our team is available to care for patients in pain.
I’d like to share with you a real story from a patient experience during the height of the pandemic that illustrates the importance of being proactive with your spinal condition.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a nurse named Christine came to see me after suffering from debilitating back pain that left her crawling through her house and in tears. But Christine’s situation could not wait. Christine suffered from disc degeneration, a pinched sciatic nerve, and arthritis. She was previously under the care of another physician that did not help her achieve the pain relief she was seeking. Then Christine found Virginia Spine Institute, and we expedited her treatment to prevent her from potential long-term pain and damage that was impacting her quality of life. Read more about her story and how she went from the longest, most painful days to an improved quality of life, even during the pandemic.