If your back or neck has caused you pain, you’re not alone.
“Research has shown that 70 to 80 percent of us will experience it at some point in our life,” said Tom Boetel, D.O., of the Sanford Spine Center. “One of the challenges of back pain is for a lot of people it is not just one episode, goes away and you’re done with it.”
Boetel, a native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is an expert in several areas, including non-surgical management of neck and low back problems including injuries, herniated disks, sciatica, spinal stenosis and degenerative conditions. He is fellowship trained in X-ray guided spinal procedures.
“There are some people who have a mild ache that bothers them for a day or two because they slept wrong or something like that,” said Boetel. “There are other people who have back pain that is disabling and lasts for months to years to a lifetime.”
Boetel said if your back pain is lasting more than a couple of weeks or preventing you from carrying out your regular activities, you should see a doctor, Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs are larger warning signs to see a physician.
Learn more about what could be bothering your back and neck and what can be done to help in this podcast edition of “A Better You,” which airs Saturday on KSOO-AM.