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: