Back pain is a common condition for many people. To begin on the positive side, patients must understand that most episodes of back pain resolve, and usually within a few weeks. Unfortunately, the pain can be among the most difficult and frustrating problems for patients and their doctors.
Your spine is one of the most important parts of your body. It gives your body structure and support. Without it you could not stand up or keep yourself upright. Your spine allows you to move about freely and to bend with flexibility. Your spine also protects your spinal cord. Keeping your spine healthy is vital if you want to live an active life.
Low back pain can be caused by a number of spinal conditions such as arthritis, stenosis, herniated discs, or pinched nerves. The symptoms of low back pain vary depending on the cause of the pain, and include: muscle spasms, cramping and stiffness, leg pain, tingling, numbness or weakness, or pain and stiffness that gets worse over time and lasts longer than 3 to 6 months.
Over the course of your lifetime, your neck is subjected to repeated stress and minor injury. These injuries may not cause pain at the time of injury. However, repeated injuries add up, and can eventually result in degeneration of the cervical spine causing neck pain. Most neck pain is due to degenerative changes that occur in the neck. The overall condition of the cervical spine usually determines how fast you recover from an injury, and whether your neck pain will become a chronic problem.
Neck pain can occur when the intervertebral disc goes through the normal wear and tear of aging. However, many of the problems that cause neck pain are from abnormal wear and tear.Over time, these injuries add up and the abnormal wear and tear can weekend the connective tissue that makes up the disc. Once the connective tissue is weak, sudden stress, such as a whiplash type movement, may injure the disc more easily.
The highly qualified neck and spine orthopedic surgeons and physiatrists at Bone & Joint Clinic specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of your back pain. Our physicians have expertise in non-surgical spine care using conservative comprehensive care. Physical therapy, interventional spine care, and injections are among the most common. If spine surgery is necessary, our board certified spine surgeon has advanced training in neck, back, and low back procedures.