The impact of back or neck pain on daily life can be debilitating. It can affect your productivity at work, interfere with family responsibilities, cause depression and anxiety, and contribute to an overall decline in health and well-being.

Back and neck pain is extremely common, affecting up to 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. But with the right diagnosis, lifestyle changes, and a treatment plan, back and neck conditions can be treated successfully, pain can be relieved, and your quality of life restored. 

Most people who experience back pain or neck pain first see their primary care physician. Your primary care doctor can do the initial evaluation and then refer you to a spine specialist if needed. 

It is recommended that people with back or neck pain see a provider when pain:

  • Lasts longer than two weeks
  • Causes new bowel or bladder problems
  • Is accompanied by a fever
  • Follows an injury or trauma
  • Is severe and does not improve with rest
  • Spreads down one or both legs or arms
  • Causes weakness, numbness or tingling in one or both legs or arms
  • Is accompanied by unexplained weight loss
  • Occurs in a patient with a history of cancer 

Conditions Treated

From common to complex, our team offers expert treatment for back and neck conditions and injuries including:

  • Cervical stenosis
  • Compression fractures of the spine
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet joint pain
  • Herniated discs or prolapsed/bulging discs
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar/lower back pain
  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve irritation
  • Nerve root pain
  • Pinched nerve (radiculopathy)
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain
  • Scapular/thoracic (shoulder/mid-back) pain
  • Sciatica (lumbar radiculopathy)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Vertebral fractures

Causes of Back and Neck Conditions

There are many different factors that cause back and neck pain including injury, lifestyle, age-related issues and disease. Common causes of neck and back pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer pain
  • Chronic pain following trauma or injuries
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1
    (CRPS -1), formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 2
    (CRPS -2), formerly known as Causalgia (pain from major nerve injury, such as amputation)
  • Degenerative disc disease: a condition that occurs when discs in the spine begin to degenerate or weaken, causing pain in the spine
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache, including migraine
  • Muscle strain
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Nerve impingement: caused by either a disc compressing a spinal nerve or the spinal canal being narrowed (stenosis). This can cause pain in the spine as well as symptoms that radiate to the legs or arms.
  • Neuropathic pain including peripheral neuropathies and post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Osteoarthritis

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