Neck and Back Pain
Back pain affects most people sometime in their lives. This pain can vary from mild to severe. Acute or short-term low back pain generally last from a few days to a few weeks. Low back pain that persists for more than 3 months is considered chronic. Regardless of how long it lasts, it can make everyday activities difficult to do.
The low back bears most of the body’s weight so it is pretty easy to hurt your back when you lift, reach or twist. In addition, as people age, muscle elasticity and tone tend to decrease.
Pain can occur when, for example, someone lifts something too heavy or overstretches, causing a sprain, strain, or spasm in one of the muscles or ligaments in the back. Depending on the cause, low back pain can cause a range of symptoms. The pain may be dull or sharp. It may be in one small area or over a broad area. You may have muscle spasms. Low back pain can also cause leg symptoms, such as pain, numbness, or tingling, often extending below the knee.
Seventy percent of low back pain is thought to be due to muscle strain or injury to ligaments. Dr. Bleiweiss understands the importance of providing a clear diagnosis in order to appropriately treat back pain.
Neck pain is discomfort in any of the structures in the neck. Neck pain may arise due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back, or pinching of the nerves emanating from the cervical spine. Joint disruption in the neck creates pain, as does joint disruption in the upper back.
The top three joints in the neck allow for most movement of the neck and head. The lower joints in the neck and those of the upper back create a supportive structure for the head to sit on. If this support system is affected adversely, then the muscles in the area will tighten, leading to neck pain.
When your neck is sore, you may have difficulty moving it, especially turning to one side. Many people describe this as having a stiff neck. If neck pain involves nerves, you may feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm, hand, or elsewhere. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture — whether it’s leaning into your computer at work or hunching over your workbench at home. Wear-and-tear arthritis also is a common cause of neck pain.
Muscle pain and chronic tension can sometimes be caused by more serious problems such as disc herniations and arthritis of facet joints, which are the joints at every spinal segment. It is therefore very important to have a clear diagnosis so that the appropriate treatment can be provided. Dr. Bleiweiss has more than 30 years of experience in diagnosing and treating painful muscle and chronic muscle tension conditions of the neck and back. So if you are suffering from any type of nagging or painful muscle tension that has not gone away, call us and make an appointment.