Date Published: April/May 2013
Author: Max W. Cohen, MD, FAAOS
You’re relocating boxes in the garage when you feel a sudden catch in your back – and can’t move an inch without pain. Or perhaps that persistent twinge developed after you went a little overboard in lifting weights at the gym. Or maybe you simply moved in an awkward position when you picked up your crying toddler. Whatever the cause of the back or neck injury, you likely will be struggling to decide your next step if the pain doesn’t go away – or even intensifies.