Probably everyone has said something like this to themselves: "I have to admit it, my old back is just more prone to getting sore than when I was a kid. Stiff and sore - that's normal." OR IS IT?
We all experience normal aches and pains as we enter adulthood and advance toward middle age, but how can we recognize a serious condition before it progresses? In this article we explore neck and back pain at different stages of life, discuss how concerned we ought to be about pain that persists, and what we should do about pain.
First, a note of caution: If there's a history of cancer in yourself or in your family, what might seem like normal aches and pains could indicate something more serious. Be sure to consult a doctor if back pain persists for a longer than a week or two.
We are still open and treating patients, however, in order to assist in minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and in order to make it safer for you we have made some changes which, we hope, will be temporary.
Appointments made for office visits will be distanced apart in order to avoid crowding the waiting room.
In addition, we are currently working a reduced office schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 AM to 12 noon. If for some reason, you are only able to come in the afternoon special arrangements can be made.
If you call the office and the answering service answers, you can leave a message with them for a routine follow-up and we will call you back. If you believe your symptoms are more serious, then please ask the answering service to patch the call through to me.
For some types of office visits, we also have telemedicine options that can be downloaded for free onto your iPhone. These include Zoom and FaceTime.
Thank you for your continued support during these times and we look forward to serving you in full capacity towards the end of April.
Donald Mackenzie, M.D, F.R.C.S.C, F.A.C.S.