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Neck and Back Pain: Symptoms and Treatments

Ozark Spine Center

Neck and Back Pain: Symptoms and Treatments

Spine pain felt in the back and neck areas is pretty much common. The discomfort can be mild, dull ache to severe, disabling pain. They can also occur suddenly and intensely (acute) or can last for weeks, months, and even years (chronic).

What causes back and neck pain?
There’s no specific or single cause of back and neck pain. In most cases, the pain felt in these areas are attributed to several causes, including:

  • Overuse or improper use of muscles such as in cases of repetitive or heavy lifting
  • Trauma or injury
  • Degeneration of vertebrae
  • Tumors, spurs, or any abnormal growth in the area or nearby
  • Muscle spasm or tension

What are the symptoms of back and neck pain?
The symptoms associated with back pain may include:

  • Dull or sharp pain in the area (this may be felt in a single spot or cover an entire, large area)
  • Numbness or tingling sensation on the legs and/or below the knee
  • Stiffness or achiness that can be felt from the neck to the tailbone
  • Sharp, shooting pain that can be felt from the lower back radiating to the buttocks, thigh, calves, and toes
  • Pain felt in the middle or lower back especially after sitting or standing for long periods of time

For neck pain, the following symptoms may also be felt:

  • Numbness or tingling sensation felt on the arms
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Sharp, shooting pain felt in the neck area

If you’re experiencing any of these, it’s important to see a specialist to determine what causes it. Unmanaged neck and back pain can lead to disability, nerve damage, weight gain, and depression.

How is back and neck pain managed?
This greatly depends on the underlying cause and severity of the pain.

Mild back and neck pain may be alleviated with less invasive options like applying hot or cold packs, physical therapy, taking certain anti-inflammatory medications or muscle relaxants, or injections for pain relief in the area. Ozark Spine Center offers spine injections, a non-invasive and more lasting pain relief option for neck and back pains. Learn more about spinal injections here.

Invasive treatments such as surgery are only considered if these conservative measures don’t provide any relief or too little relief. If that becomes necessary, our spine experts will be with you every step of the way.

Don’t let your spine pain keep you from living the life you love! Trust Ozark Spine Center to help. To request an appointment, please call (479) 521-2752.