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What is Causing My Back Pain?

Cervical Disc Herniation - Second Opinion SpineEveryone knows that neck and back pain can be some of the most uncomfortable pains to deal with. One of the common causes of neck and back pain is called a Cervical Disc Herniation. This painful and frustrating condition often presents itself with the following symptoms:

  • radiating arm pain
  • numbness (paresthesia)
  • weakness, with or without associated neck pain
  • neck and radiating arm pain

What do you do if you think that you have a herniated disc? Well, the first thing that you should do is get an official diagnosis from a trained expert. They will present you with your options, including any non-surgical options for treating your cervical disc herniation.

Already diagnosed with a herniated disc? Find out what options you have, and get a second opinion from Second Opinion Spine – the Virtual Experts in Spinal Surgery and Conditions.

Read more about Cervical Disc Herniations here.

How to Get a Second Opinion for Spinal Surgery

Many people don’t know how to go about asking for, or getting, a second opinion on their spinal surgery–or, for that matter, many other important medical procedures. If you find yourself in this group, don’t worry. We’re here to help! One of the questions we hear most frequently is…

Is it rude to ask for a second opinion?

Absolutely not! Your good health and well-being are incredibly important and there is nothing wrong with asking for a second opinion. Think about other big decisions in your life. Before buying a home, you speak to a number of trained professionals who help you understand which options are the best for you. Similarly, if your car needs work, you seek out more than one quote–not just to get the best price, but also to get peace of mind that both mechanics are identifying the same issue and recommending similar repairs. You should give your body the same consideration. Of course, it’s polite of you to consider your doctor’s feelings, but rest assured: they will not be offended. Far from it! Your doctor is a professional. As such, he or she has your best interest at heart, will welcome anything that puts your mind at ease, and will appreciate the insights provided by a reputable second opinion. And, remember: your spinal surgery is up to you. Your doctor should help guide you to the right choice for your situation, but the final decision is yours. As such, you should do everything in your power to make the choice clearer and to give yourself peace of mind.

How do I tell my doctor I want a second opinion (or that I’ve already gotten one)?

Be forthright. You have a right to be involved in the process–it’s your spinal health that’s at stake! Explain to your doctor that you want more information and would welcome a second

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opinion to ensure all options have been explored and that the best possible treatment path for your spinal surgery is chosen. If your doctor appears angry or upset at your request for a second opinion, you should seriously consider looking elsewhere for your spinal care needs. Even if you remain with your doctor, keep in mind that you don’t need to rely on them for a referral. You can find expertly trained spinal surgeons online who will be happy to give you a reliable second opinion at a reasonable cost. Remember, you get second opinions for all types of situations in your day to day life–don’t feel bad about asking for one when it comes to something as serious as spinal surgery. This article on spinal surgery was originally posted at SecondOpinion-Spine.com.