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Back & Neck Pain Causes

Why am I Having Back Pain?

Back pain isn’t an actual condition. It’s is simply the result of an underlying issue. Nobody can diagnose you with “back pain” because that is just the feeling you are having due to something far more significant. With that being said, if you are experiencing back pain, you should definitely look into what’s causing it. There are four main factors that cause severe back pain:

  • Aging

  • Injuries

  • Genetics

  • Tumors and infections

Aging plays a massive role in back problems due to the body naturally deteriorating over time. It is gradual, yet the effects are substantial. This causes problems, such as Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD), and breaks down cartilage and protective “shells” or coverings that keep certain parts in place, potentially causing bulging discs and damaged nerves do to out of the ordinary protruding and so forth. Aging is part of life and there is no real cure for back pains caused by aging, unless it is due to bulging or herniated discs. With the breakdown of tissue inside the body, replacing it or accelerating its growth is virtually impossible. However, there are therapeutic and non-invasive ways to relieve that pain and feel more comfortable. Exercises like yoga and stretching are great ways to relax the muscles, calm your body, and relieve pain in the back and other areas.

 

Injuries are another reason for back pain. Many times athletes, manual labor workers, and other people who tend to be overly active injure themselves more easily than those who are less active. Professional athletes are typically higher risk because of the strenuous activity they go through for 9 or 10 months out of the year. Back injuries can range from the lower back, causing pressure on the sciatic nerve, to the upper back and neck area. Injuries to the spine can cause lingering, chronic back pain, and, often times, surgery might be recommended. Don’t be worried though. There are minimally invasive surgeries for many back problems that don’t require lengthy recovery times.

 

Spinal pain is also caused by hereditary or acquired conditions. Some people are born with diseases such as scoliosis or hereditary arthritis. Conversely, some people develop or acquire conditions when enduring something stressful on the body. For example, women endure severe back and neck pain during their 9 month pregnancy, and it can often linger after child birth. Many of these issues cause fractures and sprains in the spinal column that lead to both acute and chronic back and neck pain. There are both invasive and noninvasive treatments for these, depending on how serious the condition may be.

 

Finally, one of the least causes of back pains is tumors and infections. While tumors and infections can cause back pain, it is very uncommon. However, it can still affect a person by causing inflammation by “suffocating” or tightening the disc or vertebra, resulting in a restriction of movement. This will put pressure on nerves in the back, which can ultimately result in very severe back pain, immobility, and numbness.

 

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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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