Frequently Asked Questions

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.