General Back Pain

For most people, back pain is mild and temporary. Unfortunately, back pain can be a persistent problem for some people. In some cases, back pain may require immediate medical attention. How do you know the difference?

When to Seek Immediate Treatment

If you experience back pain, especially new back pain, and lose control of your bowel or bladder, seek medical attention immediately (i.e., call 911).

When to Seek Treatment

Soreness and stiffness in the back are very common and do not always need medical evaluation. However, certain symptoms may indicate a more serious issue. Here are some of the symptoms that could mean you have a serious spinal condition:

  • Pain lasting for longer than six weeks
  • Weakness, pain or numbness in your legs
  • Difficulty sleeping because of back or neck pain
  • Sudden onset of back pain without any obvious cause

Any of these symptoms is a reason to seek medical attention from our specialists at Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics. When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Rovner will ask focused questions about your symptoms, . To make the process as effective as possible, try to write down when your symptoms are most likely occur, how long they tend to last, what triggers your symptoms, what makes your back pain symptoms better, and any other information that seems relevant.


At Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics, your consultation with Dr. Rovner will include the following steps.

  1. Dr. Rovner will review your medical history, including any test results that you have with you from prior appointments with other physicians. Please bring the films and reports from any previous x-rays, CT scans, or MRI’s for the doctor to review.
  2. The doctor will also conduct a physical exam. This will pinpoint the cause of your symptoms.
  3. If you need any additional studies, such as an x-ray or MRI scan, Dr. Rovner will order these.
  4. You will learn about your diagnosis. Whether you have a common condition like sciatica or something more complex, Dr. Rovner will be able to provide up to date information about the issue.
  5. Dr. Rovner will provide an overview of treatment options, including a detailed discussion of risks and benefits of each.
  6. Finally, Dr. Rovner will work with you to choose the best treatment option for your unique situation.
  7. Treatment options could include anything from spinal surgery to physical therapy. However, Dr. Rovner will usually only recommend spinal surgery if conservative treatment options have failed.

    About Dr. Rovner

    Dr. Rovner is a board-certified, fellowship-trained spinal surgeon. He provides both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for back and neck pain. Dr. Rovner prides himself on his personalized and patient-centered approach to medicine. This approach allows him to diagnose and treat problems related to spinal deformities, trauma, and degenerative conditions. When surgery is needed, Dr. Rovner will use the most advanced and minimally invasive techniques to help ensure a quick and full recovery.

    To learn more about treating your back or neck pain, request a consultation with Dr. Rovner today. Call us at (201) 371-6004.