Most neck pain is due to degenerative changes that occur in the neck. The overall condition of the cervical spine usually determines how fast you recover from an injury, and whether your neck pain will become a chronic problem.
Fortunately, most episodes of back pain will heal with time: approximately 50% of patients will feel relief from low back pain within two weeks, and
approximately 90% within three months, regardless of the treatment.
The majority of episodes of acute back pain are due to a muscular strain and these will usually resolve with time because muscles have a good blood supply to bring the necessary nutrients and proteins for healing to take place.
Back Pain Caused by Lumbar Spine Problems
For patients with low back pain that lasts longer than three months, or patients with predominantly leg pain, a more specific and definable problem for the pain should be sought. There are several very common causes of low back pain and leg pain:
In younger adults (20-60 year olds) the disc is likely to be the pain generator and conditions may include:
Lumbar disc herniation
Degenerative disc disease
In older adults (over 60 years old), the source of back pain or leg pain is more likely to be the facet joints or osteoarthritis, and back conditions may include:
Facet joint osteoarthritis
In addition to the above, there are several miscellaneous causes of back pain.
Neck Pain from Cervical Spine Conditions
While neck pain is less prevalent than lower back pain, there are several cervical spine conditions that may cause neck pain, arm pain and other symptoms, including:
Stenosis with myelopathy
Cervical degenerative disc disease
Chiropractic Care for Back and Neck Pain
Spinal manipulation works by unlocking stuck spinal joints, stimulating the nervous system, stretching tight muscles and freeing entrapped joint folds.
Spinal manipulation has been shown to be safe and effective for certain forms of recent onset neck and back pain, as well as for longer lasting or recurring musculoskeletal disorders. Our chiropractor is trained to identify any serious underlying conditions that might preclude spinal manipulation or perhaps manual therapy in any form.
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Whole Health Chiropractic
3407 McDowell Rd.
Grove City, OH 43123