What is Neck & Back Pain?

  • One of the most common reasons for patients visiting their physician
  • Depending on the cause and location, they are often related
  • Injured discs and wear and tear from aging are common causes

For nine out of ten people experiencing back or neck pain, their issue usually resolves on its own or through conservative treatment within a few weeks. In many cases, lower back pain is caused by a pulled or strained muscle. Lower back pain that persists longer than three months should be evaluated by a specialist. Younger people experience persistent lower back pain often as a result of an injured or diseased disc. Older people frequently can attribute lower back pain to facet joints or osteoarthritis. Other causes of lower back and neck pain include:

  • Improper lifting or turning or twisting the wrong way
  • Repeated improper movements or lifting
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Disease or genetic pre-disposition.

Our Treatment Approach

At Lumin OrthoCARE we always investigate conservative treatment first. Exercise, therapy, over-the-counter pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxers, ice packs and moist heat are some examples of conservative treatment. If the most conservative approaches are not effective in relieving pain, our pain specialists may recommend injections to block the pain and reduce inflammation. In the event conservative treatment is not the best course of action, Lumin OrthoCARE neck and back specialists are experts in a variety of minimally-invasive surgical techniques enabling patients to recovery faster and with less pain.

Causes

  • Muscle strain, irritation or spasm
  • Aging
  • Herniated disc
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Infections or other health issues such as cancer

Symptoms

Lower back problems can result in a variety of symptoms including a dull achy feeling, a sharp pain, stiffness, tingling or burning sensation, weakness in the legs or feet, pain radiating to the leg, hip or the bottom of the foot. Pain levels may range from mild to so severe that you are unable to stand or move.