Neck and Back Pain
Neck pain can be caused by many different things, and is becoming more of a problem due to technology. When you look down at your phone the weight of your head increases the strain on your by up to 500%. This also can become a problem for people with certain jobs, if you a required to be looking down or have your neck in any uncomfortable position for extended periods of time you may develop neck pain. Aging can also cause issues in your neck that lead to pain, degeneration or normal wear and tear on your spine can cause issues with your discs, vertebrae or nerves.
How to Treat Neck Pain
Depending on the cause of your neck pain Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression may be an excellent option. Most of the underlying causes of neck pain relate to the discs and nerves being compressed or out of place. Our Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression works to gently stretch the spine to relieve the pressure on the nerves and pull the discs back into place. Since we are working on treating the underlying cause patients are much less likely to need any drugs for pain relief or surgeries on their spine.
Back pain can be caused by many different things such as poor posture, injuries, pregnancy, poor physical shape, as well as normal wear and tear as you age. Back pain is commonly associated with other mechanical problems involving the muscles, discs, spinal cord and nerves in the spine. When these mechanical problems are occurring in a person’s back they may experience other symptoms such as muscle spasms, headaches and neck pain, or numbness and tingling in the extremities.
How to Treat Back Pain
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression can be an excellent choice for back pain depending on the underlying cause. It is an effective and safe alternative to back surgery for those with disc problems that are affecting the nerves and spinal cord. By gently stretching the spine we are able to correct the underlying cause and get the discs healthy and in place between the vertebrae to relieve the pressure on the nerves and spinal cord, this results in long lasting relief with little to no changes in your daily life. Our goal is to keep patients off of narcotic pain relievers and away from the risks of invasive surgery. Give us a call today if you have been experiencing back pain to see if you are a candidate for Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression.
Facet syndrome is an arthritis-like condition of the joints in the spine. This means the cartilage inside of the joints become inflamed leading to pain and stiffness. Patients may also experience swelling that can lead to nerve irritation causing more intense pain.
Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder that affects the muscles and skeleton of the body. Pain is typically widespread and fibromyalgia may also be associated with memory, mood and sleep issues.
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones in which the density or strength of the bone is lost at an abnormal rate. This disease is most common among older patients and makes them more susceptible to broken bones and fractures with very light trauma.
Osteoarthritis, also known as Degenerative Joint Disease, is the most common form of arthritis; it can occur in any joint of the body but is most common in the hip, knee, and finger joints. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of the cartilage that protects your joints and keeps your bones from rubbing together. Most people complain of pain and stiffness in the affected joints.
Kyphosis, also known as hunchback, is a disorder in which the upper portion of the spine is excessively curved outward and forward. It can occur at any age and depending on the severity it can cause pain in the back and neck as well as stiffness.
Lordosis is a disorder of the lower back in which a person has an exaggerated curve of the lower back. When standing, a person with severe Lordosis may appear to have an extreme curve inward in their lower back causing their buttocks to become more prominent. This disorder can be very painful and can affect movement and nerve pain in the lower extremities.
Ligamentous Hypertrophy is a condition where stress on the spine causes the ligamentum flavum to thicken. The ligamentum flavum is an elastic-like tissue that covers and protects the spinal canal. When this tissue thickens it can put pressure on the spinal cord or the nerves in the spine. This can cause severe pain in the affected area as well as numbness, tingling and weakness of the extremities’.
Obesity is defined as an excessive accumulation of fat on the body. This can cause many health problems and can severely affect the person’s spine and other joints. The excess stress on the joints and spine can cause early degeneration leading to severe pain and many other complications.
Radiculopathy is caused by a compressed nerve and is used to describe multiple symptoms of the pinched nerve. It can occur in any area of the spine and causes pain, weakness, numbness and tingling.
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine, where the spine curves sideways at both the top and bottom of the spine. The cause of scoliosis is mainly unknown; some cases are due to degeneration or neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida, and some cases are congenital meaning the curvature of the spine is abnormal before birth. Scoliosis can cause pinched nerves leading to numbness and tingling in your extremities, as well as pain and stiffness.
If you are experiencing neck or back pain, Cary Physical Medicine can help. Call our Cary, IL office at (847) 639-0010 for questions or to make an appointment today!