Pain is not a good indicator of when to see a doctor for a spine problem. While a back spasm can be excruciating, the good news is that ligament strain doesn’t require surgery. Numbness and weakness in a hand or foot is actually the most serious symptom, and if not seen within a week, could become permanent.
Experts estimate that 50% of back surgeries are unnecessary. Fact: Many people can recover from painful disc-related symptoms with nonsurgical treatment options like a spinal injection that reduces inflammation around a nerve root or customized spine therapy.
What do exercises have to do with relieving pain? Research in sports medicine and spine care exercises have shown to help relieve and re-strengthen joint, ligament, muscle problems in the legs, arms, neck and back and increase range of motion. Exercise can help you be more injury resistant.