In some of our cases involving motorcyclists that are in their 50s, their initial complaints are neck or low back pain. Only after being referred to a specialist, including orthopedic surgery or neurologist do they determine that they have a serious spinal cord injury, disc herniation or disc bulge. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between a soft-tissue neck or back injury which may result in spasms and pain to the cervical, thoracic or lumbar region. Pain symptoms from a cervical, thoracic or lumbar disc injury may include:
1. Pain – constant and degree varying, depending on activity;
2. Radiating down the extremities, feeling like hot water or heat; and
3. Causing numbness or tingling to the hands, feet, fingers or toes.
Normally, the radiating pain is predominantly to one side but may be bilateral or to both sides of the extremities. Consultation by a qualified healthcare professional is necessary.
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