Back and Neck Pain
Back and Neck Pain
Upwards of 85 percent of Americans will suffer from back and neck pain at some point in their lives. Some people are hesitant to seek treatment for fear that the pain may not go away. You should, however, be able to enjoy the things you once did and regain the quality of life you had before suffering from back and neck pain.
What causes back and neck pain?
Back and neck pain can have many causes, both acute and progressive. The most common progressive causes include:
- Poor posture, such as being hunched over at a desk in front of a computer screen
- Osteoporosis, which weakens the bones in the neck and spine
- Scoliosis, where the spine bends sideways instead of being lined up in the center of your back
- Degenerative disc disease, where the fluid-filled cushion between vertebrae thin and tear
- Spinal arthritis and stenosis.
Acute back and neck pain may occur following:
- Whiplash from a car accident
- Trauma suffered by a fall or other injury
- Herniated or bulging discs from the improper lifting of heavy materials
- Sciatic nerve compression
When should I seek medical treatment for my back and neck pain?
Back and neck pain should be taken very seriously. The vertebrae of the neck and spine protect the spinal cord, which is one of the information super highways of your body. Any injury in that area could cause permanent nerve damage and possibly even paralysis, if left untreated. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following with your back or neck pain:
- Tingling or numbness in fingers, hands, toes and feet
- Neck weakness or instability
- A loss of bladder or bowel control
- Pain that shoots down the arm
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
Treatments for Neck and Back Pain
There are several courses of therapy that can help provide relief for patients with back and neck pain. Our treatment model focuses on personalized hands-on care and implements manual therapy practices, including soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization. Range of motion exercises and strength training are also vital components of rehabilitation therapy. Though back and neck pain may be common, suffering with it does not have to be.
How can Back in Motion help my Back and Neck Pain?
The expert physical therapists at Back in Motion Physical Therapy offer a range of therapeutic treatments to help relieve your back and neck pain. If you or a loved one is currently experiencing back or neck pain, contact us today to set up an initial appointment. We offer same day or next day availability and can discuss with you treatment options that may benefit you and relieve your back and neck pain. We have center and branch locations in Gorham, South Portland, Portland, Newport & Brewer, ME to better serve your needs.
If you are experiencing back and/or neck pain and are ready to start getting relief, please complete the form below to request an appointment.