Now if you just allow the cause of pain to stick around we will talk about what can happen. Let me tell you a story… lets say my mother-in-law came to visit this summer. Now lets say I water my lawn by having it hooked up to a hose that I stumble out of bed, open the front door, open the valve to water the lawn, then go eat my cheerios, then turn off the valve, job done. So my mother-in-law parks her car on the hose, blocking it off, I go about my routine and do not notice until she leaves the hose was blocked and my grass is turning brown. Now the car was there a week, it was hot so the grass turned brown but did not die, so I could water it again and get it to turn green no problem. Now lets say she comes again, stays a month, blocks the hose and this time not only does the grass turn brown, it dies, and no matter how much I water it, it won’t turn green again, it is dead and gone. The big problem is the body works in a similar way.
The nerves not only carry pain signals it also carries info to and from organs and muscles. If there is pressure on a nerve it either gives off to much or to little info, like stepping on the hose we talked about above. So if you have pain caused by pressure on a nerve, the organs and muscles it goes to are also affected due to the pressure. If the pressure is on the nerve for too long a period of time it can effect the organ or muscle permanently, similar to the grass in the story above. The only time back surgery is truly indicated, is when nerve damage is occurring, usually bladder or bowel function, not a fun function to lose control of.
The problem is that when most people get pain they just turn off the symptom (indicator) with drugs, and don’t fix the underlying problem (pressure on a nerve). The nerve damage usually takes longer than the lawn story above, but the longer it is there the bigger the chance there is to have permanent damage occur. So in a nut shell the sooner you take care of a problem the better. The other reason is that most nerve pressure is caused typically by a bone being out of place, a muscle moves the bone and ligaments and tendons hold it in place, if you allow it to be out of place too long the muscles, tendons, and ligaments remodel or lengthen or shorted that they hold it in the misaligned position. The longer it stays out of place the longer it takes to over come the remodeling thus taking longer to fix. If a person comes to see me with the first headache it is easy to fix, but after years of pain reliever use it has remodeled and takes much longer to fix.
The moral of the story; get your pain and problems checked out and fixed early! Don’t wait call 480-985-9113 today to get the problem fixed.