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Back Pain and Neck Pain Treatments

Treating a patient for back or neck pain all depends on the diagnosis. Based on the exact problem with the patient’s back or neck, physicians may recommend surgical or non-surgical treatment. After doing a physical exam, most patients can correctly identify the underlying cause of the pain, and give educated advice on how the patient should pursue relieving the pain they are experiencing. Because the spine (backbone) literally supports your entire torso and contains 33 vertebrae, there is a lot that for physicians to consider when determining a cause and a treatment. These issues can start in the upper spine, lower spine, in between discs, alignment, and so forth. With that being said, it is very difficult to pin point the root of the pain. However, in doing so, physicians can recommend and give the proper medical treatment and advice to help relieve the pain.

There are two types of treatments: non-surgical and surgical. Obviously, non-surgical treatment is preferred if it can fix the issue, rather than simply disguise it. However, if the problems persist, or the pain is too severe, physicians will recommend surgical treatment to help fix the back problems. Here is a breakdown of the types of treatments affiliated with non-surgical and surgical treatment.

Non-Surgical Treatments

  • Massage Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Heat and Cold Therapy
  • Steroid Injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Medication

Surgical Treatments

  • Spinal Fusion
  • Endoscopic Decompression
  • Ablation
  • Discectomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Replacement and Augmentation
  • Neurostimulation
  • Bone Graft

Each of these treatments listed is medically recommended to relieve back or neck pain. However, not all of the treatments permanently relieve the pain. Typically, in order to ensure permanent relief and depending on the diagnosis, physicians will recommend surgical treatment to fix the underlying cause of the pain, but each person and each case is different.

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Posture and Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is a miserable experience. Although some cases of neck pain are caused by an injury, many are simply due to poor posture. Poor posture stresses the muscles of the neck and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Over time, the stresses of poor posture on the neck can cause degenerative diseases to develop in the discs and bones of the neck. Forward head A very commonly seen posture that puts a lot of strain on the neck is the forward head. The individual habitually thrusts the head forward, carrying it out in front of the shoulders. In this position, the weight of the head is constantly pulling on the spine and the shoulders. Sitting for hours hunched over a desk or a computer is a common cause of forward head. Many people with this habitual forward head carriage suffer from sore shoulders as well as a sore neck. Over time, the vertebrae at the base of the neck (C5 and C6) can develop painful degenerative conditions due to the constant weight of the head pulling on them in the forward head posture. Correct posture A correct posture is one that keeps the spine in alignment. Some people call it a neutral or balanced posture. One exercise to encourage a neutral posture is to focus on opening the chest wide as you try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Once your chest is open, bring your head into alignment. Think of a string pulling up the top of your head and lengthening the neck. When you do this, your chin will tuck in and your head will naturally shift into proper alignment with your spine. Do the open chest/ string exercise multiple times a day. Other exercises to build better posture are head nods and chin tucks. To do a head nod, slowly nod your head slightly up and down without moving your neck. To do chin tucks, tip your nose down toward the ground and move the top of your head backwards. Repeat head nods and chin tucks several times a day. These exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of the neck. Individuals with habitual forward head posture usually have very weak muscles in the front of the neck. If you've worked hard at correcting your posture and you are still suffering from neck pain, why not give us a call?

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