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A neurological assessment begins with a complete physical exam and evaluation, which may include range-of-motion and other types of exercises to elicit symptoms. The most common nerve symptoms associated with neck and back pain include:
pain that radiates into the arms or legs
numbness in the hands or feet
tingling or burning sensation in the back, neck, arms, legs, buttocks, hands or feet
weakness or spasms in the areas served by the nerves that pass through the injured area of the spine
in more advanced cases that involve the legs or arms, motor function can be impaired
When a physical exam fails to find the exact cause of the symptoms, Dr. Aziz may order testing to stimulate different nerves in order to check for abnormal responses or diagnostic imaging like x-ray, MRI or CT scan to look for other causes.
Neck and back pain can occur for a variety of reasons, including:
degenerative disc disease
This is just a partial list; there are many other causes. The best way to make sure you get the right treatment is to have an evaluation at the first sign of neck or back pain to prevent your condition from becoming more severe.
The treatment will depend on the underlying cause, but many types of neck and back pain can be treated with pain medication, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. Often, a combination of approaches is needed to get the best results. Dr. Aziz will determine the best therapeutic options for you based on your specific needs.
Dr. Aziz accepts most major insurance plans.
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