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Back & Neck Pain Overview

What is Back Pain?

Are you experiencing mild, moderate, or severe back pain? Don’t panic, because you are not alone, and there are answers for your questions. Back pain is experienced by millions of people annually, and it is caused by a wide range of different reasons. Many people think it is simply caused by old age or a weakening body, but, in reality, those are only a fraction of the amount of issues that cause back pain. Yes, your body does degenerate with age. But the back pain you are feeling isn’t your entire back decomposing or breaking down like some have you to believe. There are so many different parts, mobile and immobile, that keep the body working in comfort, absent pain or weakness. From nerves to discs to vertebrae, each section of your back could be caused by a wide variety of underlying issues.

With some people, back problem are hereditary or they are born with it. With others, these pains come from activities and strenuous actions that a person chooses to make, ultimately risking their body and having to deal with such issues. Professional athletes are among the highest risk considering their profession. Professional football players get paid to hit, fall, dive, and beat their bodies up. They do it for their love of the game, which is completely understandable. At the same time, you have to be aware of what you are doing to your body and what effects it will have long term. These strenuous activities pressure certain parts of the body, and with the back being one of the largest, most prominent sections on the human body, it can typically undergo stress, pressure, and injury more often than other areas.

 

What’s Causing It?

There are multiple different issues that can cause back pain:

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Injuries
  • Tumors

Each of these issues has been proven to be, at some point, linked as the underlying cause of back pain. There are other factors that may play a role in your back pain, but these issues are the most commonly diagnosed. Become Pain Free’s staff of doctors and medical experts can help diagnose what is causing your back pain and get you the proper treatment, helping you become healthy once again.

 

Learn more about the causes of back pain.

 

What do I do?

With each cause of back pain, there is a treatment. Because the back is such a significant part of the human anatomy, treatment is carefully considered, performed, and monitored. Some of the treatments that will be discussed are:

Learn more about non-surgical back pain treatment options and surgical back pain treatment options.

Become Pain Free has knowledgeable staffing and affiliates in the medical industry, and we want to help you know what you’re feeling, why you’re feeling it, and what you need to do to get back to your healthy, durable self.

 

Why Choose Become Pain Free?

From chiropractors to pain management specialists to expert spine surgeons, Become Pain Free can help get rid of your pain so you can get your life back on track. To learn more about how we can help, fill out the form on the right or call 888-373-3720. We'll connect you with the right specialist so you can stop living in pain. Call Become Pain Free... your pain solution.

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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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