Neck and Back Pain Q & A
What causes neck and back pain?
Pain in your neck, upper back, or lower back can arise due to several factors. Injuries, working at a desk all day, sleeping in the wrong position, and degenerative diseases and conditions can all result in neck and back pain.
Common conditions that cause neck and back pain include:
- Spinal stenosis
- Traumatic injuries
- Car accidents
- Overuse injuries
- Degenerative disc disease
- Pinched or compressed nerves
Poor posture, weak abdominal muscles, and excess body weight can also contribute to neck and back pain.
Can neck and back pain cause other symptoms?
Depending on the cause of your condition, you might experience aching, shooting, or sharp stabbing pain. You might also have nerve symptoms like tingling or pain that travels down your arm or leg.
Conditions that lead to back and neck pain can also cause the following symptoms:
- Muscle tension
- Limited mobility
- Decreased function
- Postural imbalance
You might have constant pain, or it could come and go. Your symptoms might improve with activity and return after periods of rest.
How is neck and back pain diagnosed?
When you see the medical team at Elite Physical Medicine, they do a comprehensive exam to determine the cause of your pain. This includes a look at your health history and asking you detailed questions about your symptoms.
Your provider will usually ask you to move in specific ways and to evaluate your reflexes and muscle strength. They can also order X-rays and other procedures and tests. Accurate diagnosis ensures that you get the best possible care for your condition.
How are neck and back pain treated?
Based on your diagnosis and other individual factors, the medical team at Elite Physical Medicine designs a personalized plan to relieve your pain and restore your mobility and function. Your team works with you to include your concerns, lifestyle, and personal preferences in a plan that addresses your unique needs.
Your integrative treatment plan can include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Therapeutic exercise
- Massage therapy
- Joint injections
- Nerve blocks
- Innovative treatment
Typically, treatment programs involve three phases:
- Immediate pain relief
- Structural healing
- Ongoing maintenance
To banish neck or back pain, and regain your mobility and quality of life, schedule an evaluation with a skilled expert at Elite Physical Medicine. Call the office nearest you today, or request an appointment online.