Neck & Back Pain

20210520-9R6A3689-500x250Acute neck and back pain are highly common. Typically, neck or back pain manifests as a symptom of one or more problems and can occur due to:

  • Stress
  • Overuse
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Prolonged Sitting or Standing
  • Sleeping in an Awkward Position

In these instances, there are simple home treatments that can remedy the problem. Usually time and rest as well as striving for good posture can help. Stretching regularly can alleviate the feeling of discomfort. Neck or back pain could be due age, traumatic injury, or an underlying disease. Additional causes include:

  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Infection
  • Muscle Tension
  • Sprain
  • Ligament or Muscle Tears
  • Herniated Disc
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Osteoporosis
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Tumor
  • Bone Spur

Contact a doctor if your neck and back pain:

  • Becomes Severe
  • Lasts for a Prolonged Period of Time
  • Spreads Down Your Arms or Legs
  • Causes Headache, Numbness, Weakness or Tingling

Diagnosing Your Neck & Back Pain

Whether you are experiencing neck pain, back pain, or both, diagnosing the underlying cause will start with a physical exam. An X-ray or MRI of the affected area draws a more complete picture of the issue. Blood tests might also be required to diagnose arthritis.

Treatment for Neck & Back Pain.

Treatment depends on the underlying cause of the pain. As mentioned earlier, treatment for acute neck and/or back pain includes rest and possible over the counter medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These are suitable to ease the discomfort but should not be taken for an extended period of time.

Severe, disabling, or chronic neck and back pain may require:

  • An Individualized Rehabilitation Program
  • Diet & Lifestyle Changes
  • Prescription Medication
  • Surgery

Schedule Your Appointment

The team of doctors and specialists working with Desert Care Network take a multidisciplinary approach to your neck and back pain. Your treatment plan is tailored to your individual needs and diagnosis. Contact us to schedule an appointment.