Author: Edward Jung, MD

What Does It Mean to “Throw Your Back Out”?

It can happen innocently, like bending down to tie your shoes. You are suddenly in extreme pain, you can barely stand up straight, and getting into a car is a non-starter. You probably have your own story about throwing your back out, and you remember it well. So exactly what does it mean to “throw your back out”?

Our expert spinal surgeon, Dr. Edward Jung, is dedicated to treating back injuries. If you’re experiencing pain, don’t hesitate to contact our spine clinic in Seattle, WA at (206) 860-5578 today.

The Culprit Is Usually a Muscle Sprain

The category of “you know it when you feel it” is the immediate acknowledgment that you have hurt your back, usually in the lumbar region of your spine. Most of the time it is a temporary condition that will resolve within a few days unless it involves a slipped disc.

man with back pain sitting at desk.

People commonly hurt their lower back while lifting something heavy and using the wrong posture or form. Lower back pain increases with age or with physically demanding jobs adding to the wear and tear on your spine. At the same time, you can “throw your back out” even if you have a job where you sit at a desk all day, especially with inadequate back support.

What Are the Symptoms of Throwing Your Back Out?

You will quickly know you have hurt your back by experiencing some or all of the following:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Lower back stiffness
  • Limited mobility
  • Pain even while at rest or with specific movements
  • Trouble maintaining proper posture

How to Find Relief

Utilize ice for 20 minutes several times a day. After day 3, you can use a heating pad for relief from the pain.

Move around as much as you can without making the discomfort worse.

Take OTC anti-inflammatory medications.

Sleep in a fetal position or with a pillow under your pelvis.

Rest helps heal the area.

Avoid bending and twisting. Don’t lift anything heavy.

When to See a Spine Specialist

Lower back pain issues should get better within 2 weeks. If you are not able to manage the symptoms at home, or they seem to be getting worse, it’s time to contact a spine specialist like Dr. Jung in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Jung will create a personalized treatment plan based on your diagnosis. It may consist of treatments like muscle relaxers or steroid injections into the site.

If the pain from throwing out your back does not improve with time and at-home treatments, don’t delay contacting our spinal surgeon, Dr. Edward Jung at (206) 860-5578.

What Are Signs of a Slipped Disk?

What are the signs of a slipped disk? They are the same as a herniated disk, bulging disk, or ruptured disk since they are all generally the same. The terms are interchangeable. It mostly occurs in the lumbar region or lower part of your back and spine, although it can also happen in the neck area. We will continue to use the term “slipped” throughout and help you understand how to recognize a slipped disk, what can cause it, and what to do about it.

What Is a Slipped Disk?

Our spine consists of bones known as vertebrae. In between each vertebrae is a flexible cushion known as a disk which helps us to move and twist. Inside is a rubbery jelly-like cushion called the nucleus which is covered by a tougher exterior called the annulus.

man with lower back pain.

If there is a tear in the annulus and some of the nucleus pushes out, that is a slipped disk. Some people experience no symptoms with a slipped disk, but others do and it’s quite painful.

Our skilled spinal surgeon, Dr. Edward Jung, specializes in the treatment of herniated, bulging, and ruptured discs. Schedule an appointment at our spine clinic in Seattle, WA today by calling (206) 860-5578.

Common Risk Factors for Developing a Slipped Disk

A slipped disk can affect people of all ages.

People most likely to be susceptible include those who:

  • Are overweight
  • Have certain occupations that are physically demanding, requiring repetitive lifting, pulling, and pushing, plus repetitive bending sideways and twisting
  • Have a genetic disposition
  • Who smoke
  • Drive frequently
  • Live a sedentary lifestyle

Back pain is the leading reason for lost work hours, workmen’s compensations, and trips to the emergency room. Consider making some lifestyle changes to prevent a slipped disk.

What Are Common Signs of a Slipped Disk?

It’s easy to confuse a muscle strain with a slipped disk. A muscle strain in your lower back is characterized by aching local pain during the strain. There may be swelling, inflammation, and even bruising.

A slipped disk has sharp and radiating pain instead of the localized aching pain of a muscle strain. There may be neurological symptoms like numbness and tingling. A slipped disk may also cause weakness in your arms or legs. You will especially have pain while you are sitting.

Sciatica pain is similar with its radiating pain down the thigh and legs.

Immediately see a professional if your pain worsens, if you have bladder or bowel dysfunction, and if you experience saddle anesthesia. This is a numbness in your inner thighs, back of the legs, genitals, or around the rectum. These symptoms can be a medical emergency.

What to Avoid With a Slipped Disk

Refrain from stretching and moving too much and don’t try to treat yourself. You should immediately make an appointment to see Dr. Jung for an evaluation and diagnosis in Seattle, WA.

Pain can become more severe with certain tasks, so be sure to:

  • Specifically, avoid bending forward or down
  • Refrain from lifting anything heavy
  • Don’t push or pull anything heavy
  • Try to avoid coughing or sneezing

How Is a Slipped Disk Treated?

Your spine specialist may treat your slipped disc with medication, physical therapy, and injections to relieve inflammation and pain, along with some suggestions for lifestyle modifications.

If you are experiencing signs of a slipped disk, contact our spine surgeon, Dr. Edward Jung at (206) 860-5578 for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Jung attends Arthrex’s Endoscopy Conference in Naples Florida

Dr. Jung recently attended a comprehensive spine surgery conference where he actively participated in an ArthroLab session, specifically Group I. This session comprised five stations, each accommodating up to five surgeons, with assigned faculty covering critical topics such as Medial Branch Nerve Transection, Interlaminar Discectomy, and Transforaminal Discectomy. The hands-on nature of the lab allowed surgeons, including Dr. Jung, to deepen their understanding and refine their skills in these essential aspects of spine surgery.

Following the ArthroLab session, surgeons engaged in an Endoscopic Spine Instrumentation Overview and Orthobiologic Applications for Spine demonstration in the South Meeting Room. This informative session featured rotating presentations every 30 minutes until 11:00 am, providing a comprehensive understanding of the latest technologies and applications in spine surgery. Surgeons then moved to the North Meeting Room for a Synergy Vision™ Overview, a presentation running every 30 minutes until 11:00 am, further enriching their knowledge base.

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In the afternoon, Dr. Jung continued his participation in ArthroLab Session: Group II, mirroring the morning’s structure. This included five stations covering Medial Branch Nerve Transection, Interlaminar Discectomy, and Transforaminal Discectomy, allowing surgeons to further enhance their skills and knowledge.

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The day concluded with another round of presentations on Endoscopic Spine Instrumentation and Orthobiologic Applications for Spine in the South Meeting Room, running every 30 minutes until 4:00 pm. Simultaneously, surgeons attended the Synergy Vision™ Overview in the North Meeting Room, offering additional insights into cutting-edge technologies in the field.


The conference provided an invaluable opportunity for Dr. Jung and his fellow surgeons to engage in hands-on learning, exchange knowledge with industry experts, and stay abreast of the latest advancements in spine surgery. The combination of practical sessions, demonstrations, and product overviews ensured a comprehensive and immersive experience, contributing significantly to Dr. Jung’s expertise and the continuous improvement of spine surgery practices.

Dr. Edward Jung Joins The Polyclinic, Optum Health in Seattle

I am very happy to announce my new partnership with The Polyclinic, Optum Health in Seattle! As a specialist in minimally invasive spine surgery, I focus on achieving the best patient outcomes through the most cutting-edge techniques such as endoscopy, and disc replacements. This allows patients to return to activity faster, with less pain and less risk for complications. I am excited to be with The Polyclinic, Optum Health, and look forward to helping patients with all their spine needs!

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Dr. Jung Named Seattle Met Top Doctor 2023

Dr. Jung has been named Seattle Met’s Top Doctor for two years in a row! Each year, Seattle Met teams up with the Professional Research Services survey company to ask healthcare practitioners in King, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Pierce counties, licensed by the Washington State Department of Health, about their top doctors in the Seattle area.

Join us in congratulating Dr. Edward Jung for achieving the recognition of Seattle Met Top Doc for the year 2023!

When To See A Spine Specialist For Neck Pain

We all have had occasions where we slept weirdly and then woke up with pains in our neck. Maybe we just overdid it during our last workout, and we were left with an ache in our neck. Most of the time these little bouts of neck pain resolve and go away within a day or two. When your neck continues to bother you after medications and rest, now might be when to see a spine specialist for neck pain.

You’ve Been To See Your Primary Care ProviderMan with Neck Pain

Although your primary doctor has run tests, given you a muscle relaxer, and suggested exercises to relieve your neck pain, it hasn’t helped. You continue to suffer with your neck pain.

If this is the case, ask your doctor for a referral to a spine specialist.

The Pain Is Keeping You Up At Night

This kind of pain needs a specialist, and you shouldn’t wait too long to find one like Dr. Edward Jung.

Most pain will subside with rest, and if it doesn’t see a spine specialist.

You Experienced A Recent Fall

If you are having neck pain after a fall, you might head to your primary care provider, but best practice is not to wait. Find a spine specialist. They have extensive experience dealing with falls and accidents.

If you have osteoporosis and recently had a fall, seek out a spine specialist as soon as possible.


If you experienced whiplash in an automobile accident, it can stretch ligaments and cause spine problems. If the pain becomes chronic or gets worse, see a spine specialist like Dr. Jung.

Your Neck Pain Has Become Chronic

You have tried everything like ice and heat, massage, gentle stretching exercises, and you are careful to practice good posture, but the pain persists. If you sit at a desk all day, these chronic neck pains can interfere with your productivity and wear you down. It’s time to see a spine specialist.

You Are Ready To Seek The Care You Need

A spine specialist will be able to give you multiple treatment options to relieve that daunting neck pain. A spine specialist will evaluate your condition and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan, plus suggest non-surgical techniques and procedures as well as surgical.

You will have all the information you need to decide what treatment is right for YOU.

Request a Neck Pain Evaluation Today in Seattle, WA

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Dr. Jung Discusses Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery with IRG

IRG President and CEO Shannon O’Kelley discusses Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery with Dr. Edward Jung, orthopaedic surgeon with ProOrtho in Seattle Washington.

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Dr. Jung Named Seattle Met Top Doctor 2022

Every year Seattle Met partners with Professional Research Services survey company to poll health care practitioners licensed by the Washington State Department of Health in King, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Pierce counties on who they agree are the top doctors in the Seattle area.

Help us congratulate Dr. Edward Jung on being named Seattle Met Top Doc 2022!
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10 Spine Surgeons to Know

Dr. Edward Jung has been recognized as one of the 10 Spine Surgeons to Know! This recognition has been awarded on a national scale alongside other spine surgeons across the united states. View Dr. Jung’s other achievements and read his reviews to see what sets him apart from other spine surgeons in the Seattle area!

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