Back and Neck Pain
Symptoms of neck and lower back pain can vary greatly, from dull and annoying, to sharp or burning, and from isolated to broad in reach. Maybe the pain is accompanied by spasms or joint stiffness. Sometimes, it can even spread to extremities, further complicating the pain. Most people who experience an attack of acute pain will have a reoccurrence at least once in the future.
What Causes Lower Back Pain and Neck Pain?
Forces outside the body are generally the culprits of neck and lower back pain, from injury to strain, or simple overuse. Too much lifting or bending – even extended periods of sitting – can all cause this pain. Rarely is the cause life threatening; however, several conditions can also contribute to neck and lower back pain, including:
- Herniated disk
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disk disease
- Tumors of the spine
How Can Physical Therapy Help?
Physical therapy can often be a very effective treatment for lower back and neck pain, eliminating the need for medications or expensive surgeries. Your physical therapist will design a treatment plan to correct the pain, and an exercise plan can also be created to prevent onset or further reoccurrence. If you are currently experiencing lower back pain, try to remain active – prolonged bed rest can actually agitate the recovery process. If your pain persists for several days or becomes more severe, schedule an appointment with your physical therapist to discuss options.
Contact us to see how we can help YOU today! Although no physician referral is needed to see a physical therapist, some insurance companies may require a referral for coverage.