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What Causes Neck, Back, and Lower Back Pain?

Last updated 6 years ago

Do you have pain in your neck, your back, or your lower back?  If so, then you are not alone.  Almost everyone has suffered from this pain, and many experience chronic pain.  The best way to combat this pain is to understand its cause and target the problem.

Strained muscles: Overworking or straining the muscles is one of the primary causes behind neck or back pain.  As we move throughout our life, the normal wear and tear of our lives can cause normal stress to muscles and joints.  Problems can worsen, however, as you try to overcompensate for the pain.  Neck and back pain are common problems, and strengthening your core, working with a specialist through physical therapy, and taking care with how you sleep and move can help prevent problems from developing or worsening.

Herniated discs: Herniated discs are caused when the center of the disc—a jelly-like substance—begins to bulge outwards.  This can cause pain as nerves become compressed by the bulging disc.  Herniated discs are not age specific, but can affect everyone and can cause pain throughout your body, back, and neck.

Stenosis:  Stenosis is a narrowing of the space around the cervical disc and can be caused by a variety of reasons.  As the space narrows, this can put pressure on the nerves.  Occasionally, surgery is the best option for treatment.

Scoliosis:  Scoliosis is a curving of the spine which can be a problem at birth or develop later on in life.  Slight curves will not need surgery, but physical therapy and strengthening the muscles can relieve pain.

Other causes of neck and back pain can include osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as other, rarer diseases.  However, these are uncommon.  The best way to diagnose and treat your pain is to speak with a professional.  At SpineOne, we can help you.  Learn more about our services and how can help treat your neck and back pain on our website.

 

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