Neck and back pain, in addition to being uncomfortable and exhausting, can also affect your quality of life. Daily activities, let alone favorite sports, can become difficult or even impossible to perform. An experienced neck and back specialist will not only provide an accurate diagnosis, but also the extensive background and training necessary to guide you through effective treatment options.
At EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region, our Spine Center offers comprehensive, patient-centered care to help those with neck and back pain to Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better. Many of our board-certified orthopedic physicians are fellowship-trained, which has prepared them with the latest back, neck, and spine treatment approaches.
What Causes Back and Neck Pain?
The spine is complex, housing interconnected vertebrae, intervertebral discs, ligaments, tendons, muscles, facet joints and nerves. Neck pain may occur from problems with supporting soft tissues such as the muscles, tendons and ligaments or from injuries to the bones and discs of the spine. However, soft-tissue injuries (such as sprains) are most common. Another frequent cause of neck pain is cervical disc and joint degeneration—the medical term for this is “spondylosis.” This condition describes general wear and tear—or osteoarthritis—often accompanied by bone spurs that form around the joints of the spine RC.
The causes of pain in the low back are similar to the neck. Simply moving, bending, or lifting the wrong way can trigger back pain and spasms. As people age, back pain becomes more common. Spondylosis, like the neck, can occur in the low back, typically first appearing after the age of 30.
Potential reasons for low back pain include:
- Overactivity/soft tissue strain
- Disc injury
- Herniated Discs
- Disc degeneration
- Degenerative spondylolisthesis
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone fractures or tumors
Less frequent causes of back pain can result from a history of cancer, arterial disease, and other medical conditions.