Anyone who has suffered from discomfort in their back or neck knows how crippling the pain can be. Persistent back pain can significantly reduce your range of motion, limit working ability, and affect your quality of life. Neck pain typically occurs in the cervical vertebrae. Severe pain in the neck area can lead to injury and reduce flexibility. What causes neck and back pain?
1. Strains or Sprains
When you suddenly begin feeling pain in your back or neck, you may be suffering from a simple strain or sprain. Strenuous physical activity, moving the wrong way, or falling can cause muscle tension resulting in a sprain or strain. Fortunately, this type of neck and back pain goes away within a few days, often without treatment from a physical therapist or doctor.
2. Fractured Vertebrae
A fractured vertebra is a serious condition that can cause chronic pain in the neck and back. A fractured vertebra one or more vertebrae in the spine are dislocated or fractured. This condition requires medical treatment, so schedule an appointment with a doctor or physical therapist immediately if you notice changes in your posture.
3. Traumatic Injury
Injuries to the upper back and neck can cause back and neck pain as well. Examples include:
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sport-related accidents
Traumatic injuries that affect the upper back and neck often have long-term health consequences and require regular physical therapy.
4. Disc Herniation
A herniated disc, also referred to as a pinched nerve, is the most common cause of neck and back pain. This condition occurs when the gel-like spinal fluid leaks out of your vertebrae, or disc, and inflames surrounding tissue.
When a herniated disc compresses the spinal nerves, it creates intense and long-lasting neck and back pain. The most common early symptom is leg pain since 90% of herniated discs affect the lower spine.
5. Spinal Osteoarthritis
Spinal osteoarthritis is a disease that slowly breaks down the cartilage in the discs or joints in the back or neck. Sometimes it causes bone spurs, which place added pressure on the nerves in the spinal column.
Call Tawil Physical Therapy for Neck and Back Pain Treatment
If you have begun experiencing severe neck and back pain, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. Consulting an experienced physical therapist can help you recognize the causes of your back and neck pain so that you can begin effective treatment. Here at Tawil Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, we have years of experience in neck and back pain management. We craft personalized treatment plans for each patient, depending on their needs.
If you suffer from neck and back pain, call Tawil Physical Therapy & Sports Performance at (201) 877-5166. We offer massage, acupuncture, and physical therapy services to treat your pain and restore your quality of life.