Following are frequently asked questions and answers on our practice and various neurosurgery topics. Please call as at 386–231-3540 if you need additional information.
When should I see a doctor for pain?
Consult a physician immediately if you:
- Are experiencing back pain as a result of a physical trauma involving your spine, such as a fall or car accident
- Are experiencing numbness in, or having difficulty moving, your extremities
- Experience bladder control loss or impairment
- Develop a fever or severe headache
- Are over 60 and have been taking steroids for a long period of time
- Experience chest pain or pain in the left arm
- Are pregnant
- In instances of acute back pain, do not experience any improvement after 72 hours of self-treatment at home
- Have experienced chronic back pain for more than 6 weeks
What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
Acute pain is commonly described as sharp and severe; it tends to come on suddenly but also improve with time and short-term conservative treatment, such as medication, exercise, physical therapy or rest. Chronic pain is commonly described as a deep, aching, dull or burning pain, and may be accompanied by numbness, tingling and/or weakness that extends into the extremities. Chronic pain tends to last a long time and is not relieved by conservative care.
What types of insurance do you accept?
We accept most types of insurance plans. However, please call us at 386–231-3540 to inquire about your specific plan.