Back and Neck Pain
What causes back pain?
Back pain — which is often accompanied by pain in one or both legs — can have numerous causes, including muscle trauma, inflammatory disease, spinal tumors or simply the natural wear and tear of aging, which creates degenerative disease impacting the structure of the spine: the bones, the intervertebrael discs, etc. Degenerative disease causing back pain (and sometimes leg pain) will generally be located in the thoracic or lumbar sections of the spine. It is important to work closely with your doctor to determine the cause and, thus, the appropriate treatment of back pain. Your doctor may order diagnostic tests after he/she completes a physical exam. These tests may include MRI and CT scans.
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain, like back pain, can result from a number of causes, including trauma, infections or inflammatory disease and age-related degenerative disease in the cervical spine. Symptoms can include pain, tingling and numbness in your neck, shoulders, arms and/or hands. As with all disease, it is important to provide your doctor all the information he/she will need to determine the cause and appropriate treatment. Helpful tests, in addition to a physical exam, can include MRI and CT scans.
How is back or neck pain treated?
Your doctor will determine your treatment path after a thorough exam and any tests or scans necessary. Treatment can sometimes be as minimal as appropriate physical therapy. More severe problems in the back or neck often require surgery.
The most common surgeries, aside from tumor removal, for correcting problems in the cervical spine are discectomy and fusion and laminectomy. For the lumbar and thoracic