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Top 5 Pain Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

Authored by Dr. Christopher Good, MD, FACS. December 10, 2019

Spine conditions are very common; over a billion people word-wide are affected by back or neck pain. Dr. Good shares five of the more worrisome signs that can be signaling something more dangerous is going on with your spine. If you have these symptoms, you are advised to schedule an appointment with a spinal specialist as soon as possible.

Top 5 Pain Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

  1. Pain that lasts longer than 10 days
  2. Pain accompanied by numbness and tingling in the legs or feet
  3. Pain with weakness into the legs or feet
  4. Pain with loss of bladder control
  5. Pain accompanied by a fever

We know that people are afraid of going to the doctors, and a big part of that is because they are afraid to hear what the doctor has found. Patients are better off figuring out what is happening, and then being proactive about taking care of themselves and their spine.

Through modern technology and innovation, the field of spine treatments has jumped by leaps and bounds over the last ten years. Gone are the days of being sedentary for healing. With modern technology, patients are getting up and moving sooner which means getting back to their lives faster. Here are three of the most advanced treatments for spinal health.


  1. Robotic Spine Surgery
    • Revolutionary new surgical system. Research has shown robotic guidance procedures can improve patients’ safety.
  2. Disc Replacement / Motion Preservation Surgery
    • A damaged disc is removed, and a disc replacement is put in place; thus allowing for motion to continue.
    • Preserving motion in our bodies is inherently good, but also helpful and protective for other discs.
  3. Regenerative Medicine
    • Harnessing the power of natural healing by taking growth factors from our own blood, and using those for our body to heal itself.

Everyone hears about failed back surgeries, and we’re all afraid of spine problems, but the reality is that those are old school facts and figures. We have advanced tremendously in the spine care field. If you are suffering from neck or back pain, please contact us to schedule your initial evaluation. We can get you back to a fulfilling life, pain free.

Dr. Christopher Good is a double board certified spine surgeon and the President of Virginia Spine Institute. Established as a world expert in the field, Dr. Good has pioneered the use of robotics, navigation, and augmented reality (AR) in spine surgery. He performed the first two-level disc replacement in Metro DC, Maryland, and Virginia region, and continues to evolve motion-enhancing procedures for patients suffering from neck and back conditions. Dr. Good has been named “Top Doctor” consistently over the past decade.  Learn more about Dr. Christopher Good.

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