Back and neck pain are some of the most common issues we face. Many things can cause it, but treatment options are also plentiful.
An injury to the muscles in the neck and back are the most common causes of pain. The fibers of the muscles stretch too far and can tear. Simply using a muscle too much, lifting something too heavy, or twisting can strain the muscles.
The pain can range from a dull ache which is annoying to completely debilitating and life-altering.
Whiplash, where the neck moves backwards, or forwards suddenly and then snaps back, can also cause neck pain.
Looking down at your phone or other devices can also hurt your neck. When we look down, we tend to push our head and neck forward, creating strain and added pressure.
Sitting can also cause back and neck pain. Straining to look at a computer screen or relaxing on the sofa can throw your back out of alignment, leading to pain. Stress can also cause muscle tension in the neck and shoulder areas.
The discs between the vertebrae in our backs are a common cause of back pain. The spongy discs can bulge out or herniate, irritating muscles, nerves, or joints that are near to them. Degenerating discs can cause more chronic pain.
Joint and vertebrae issues like osteoarthritis, sacroiliac joint disfunction, spinal stenosis, and isthmic spondylolisthesis can also cause back pain.
Usually, minor strains from an injury go away within a few weeks with over-the-counter pain medicines, heat or ice therapy, or exercises that stretch and strengthen the painful areas.
If neck pain comes with tingling, numbness, weakness, balance problems, bladder or bowel control issues, chills, or a fever, see a doctor. The symptoms could be a sign the overall health of the spinal cord is at risk.
Losing a few pounds and working to improve posture can also help relieve back and neck pain. Stretches to loosen the back can help prevent new pain. Also, when lifting heavy objects, keep your back straight, bend your knees, and then slowly lift your body and the object at the same time. This keeps some of the pressure off your back and lets your knees help do the work.
The experts at Arkansas Pioneer Chiropractic can help your back and neck feel better, no matter the cause. We use many techniques to help relieve your pain without surgery. Contact us today for a consultation.