Back and neck pain are common problems that can, in extreme cases, lead to surgery. There are multiple causes of back and neck pain. People who sit continuously at their workstations are especially susceptible to experiencing various types of neck and back problems. If you have been experiencing chronic back or neck pain, you can contact Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center to connect with an experienced neck and back pain specialist. The physicians who participate in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line help patients with various spine issues including those causing back pain or neck pain. Continuing the discussion, in this blog post, we provide an overview of some of the most common causes of back and neck pain.
1. Muscle Strain
The muscles in the back and neck provide mobility and strength to the body and help perform all activities in our daily life. Strains occur when a muscle is weak or overworked, therefore, it is one of the major reasons for back and neck pain. If you think you are experiencing a muscle strain you may consider trying OTC medications, heat/cold compresses, rest or therapy. If these therapies fail to provide relief you may consider consulting a spine specialist.
Age is one contributing factor to various degenerative changes in the discs and joints of the spine which can lead to back or neck pain. As we age the density of our bones can decrease as can the elasticity of muscles and ligaments surrounding the spine. To help minimize some of these age related changes it’s important to exercise regularly, maintain proper body posture, ensure intake of proper nutrition, and avoid tobacco.
3. Poor Posture
Poor posture habits, such as sitting hunched over a desk or slouching in front of a TV, can stress the discs that cushion the vertebrae, which can cause joint compression and muscular fatigue. Maintaining proper posture can help prevent muscular imbalance, muscle weakness and tightness of muscles, which overtime can cause severe back and neck pain.
4. Ligament Strains
Ligaments provide stability and connect the vertebrae in the lower back. If the ligaments are injured due to prolonged stress, or a forceful or sudden movement, it can cause pain and discomfort.
5. Disc Bulge
A bulging disc can be another cause of lower back pain. A disc bulge can put pressure on a nerve, which can cause pain to radiate down the leg. This type of injury generally responds well to a stretching and strengthening program.
If you or someone you know has been experiencing neck or back pain, consult a spine surgeon before the problem gets worse. Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center can connect you with a number of experienced spine surgeons in Plano and nearby areas, who specialize in providing back and neck pain treatment. To book an appointment with one of the participating surgeons, simply call 888 608 4762 or fill out our contact form and we will take it from there.
Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.