Back and Neck Pain
More than 30 million Americans suffer from back pain at any given time, while neck pain is common for more than 30% of adults each year.
Lower back pain is a particularly common ailment. It stems from the fact that the vertebrae (bones) in the lumbar region are the largest bones in the spine, supporting the weight of the upper body. They endure forces from actions such as bending, lifting, and twisting. As a result, your lower back is more vulnerable to painful injuries or conditions.
Depending on its underlying cause, back pain can be relatively mild and last for just a few days or it can be severe and linger for months on end. Also, the pain can worsen with certain activities, such as when walking, standing, sitting for long periods, bending, or lifting.
Because the lumbar area of your spine consists of multiple muscles, ligaments, bones, and nerves, damage to any of these complex structures can result in lower back pain caused by conditions such as:
The Effect of Neck Pain
Severe neck pain can also limit your quality of life. Of the two types of neck pain, acute neck pain is sudden and is typically due to an injury. Acute neck pain eventually subsides as your damaged tissue heals. Chronic neck pain is pain that does not improve and lasts for more than three months. Most likely, chronic neck pain is due to a degenerative disease or other conditions that cause structural changes to your spine, such as:
- Bone spurs
- Cervical myelopathy
- Cervical radiculopathy
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Pinched nerves
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports injuries
There are two kinds of neck pain – acute and chronic. Acute neck pain is sudden, typically the result of an injury, and it subsides as your damaged tissues heal. Chronic neck pain, on the other hand, is discomfort that does not improve but instead lasts for more than three months, likely due to a degenerative disease causing structural changes in your spine.
Treatment for Back and Neck Pain in Southeast Michigan
At Associates in Neurology, our highly trained and experienced team of specialists focus on relieving your back or neck pain by reviewing your medical history and assessing your symptoms; performing a thorough physical examination that tests your range of motion and reflex and nerve responses to determine the source of your pain; and recommending an effective course of treatment.
We have access to a wide range of diagnostic tools that include X-rays, myelogram, bone scan, CT scan, discography, MRI, electromyography (EMG), and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) tests – enabling us to diagnose and evaluate the extent of any damage and provide appropriate therapy.
To learn more, contact Associates in Neurology today by calling (248) 478-5512 and schedule a consultation. Or use our convenient online Request an Appointment form.