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Common Causes of Neck and Back Pain

Neck and Back Pain Blog

In this day and age, in our current “grind” culture, it’s quite common to experience neck and back pain. Many of us spend long periods of time staring at screens, seated at a desk — both of which can cause wear and tear to the neck and the back.

Keep in mind that a majority of cases when it comes to neck and back pain will generally resolve or fade away within 2 to 6 weeks. This type of passing back or neck pain is considered to be “acute.”

Big contributors to acute neck and back pain include:

  • Poor posture
  • Repetitive movements
  • Back or neck Strains

Stretched Too Far

Another common contributor to neck pain is muscle strain — it’s something that can take you out of the game without warning, causing you to miss work or worse. Muscle strain involves your muscle being stretched to its limits, resulting in muscle tears. Neck muscle strain can happen due to sleeping wrong or keeping poor posture.

More on Back Pain

A vast majority of low back pain episodes are brought on by damage to soft tissues that are tasked with supporting your lower spine.

Muscle injury is the most common cause of acute back and neck pain, which, just as in muscle strains, muscle fibers get stretched too far (resulting in a tear). This can happen due to overuse (think heavy lifting or repetitive, strenuous motions that put continuous stress on your back or your neck muscles).

Common Sources of Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain has a common source: the lumbar spinal disc. This is a sturdy, fibrous disc, a ligament between your vertebrae. Your spinal disc can generate pain resulting from:

Lumbar Disc Herniation — Bulging or leaking disc that irritate nearby structures (muscles, joints, and nerve roots, for instance). Usually characterized by sharp, stabbing pains down the sciatica (backs of the legs). Marked by generally being more pronounced than low back pain.

Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease — Spinal discs experience wear and tear that result in chronic low back pain (also called degenerative disc disease). Marked by chronic, low-level low back pain which can flare up intermittently, lasting a few days or even weeks before going back to normal.

Osteoarthritis — Wear and tear on the facet joints. Results in excess friction when bending or twisting the spine. Can also lead to bone spurs which can pinch a nerve root and cause additional sciatica pain. Stiffness and tenderness around the joints can also result. More prevalent in our senior patients over age 60.

Other causes of chronic back pain include sacroiliac joint dysfunction, isthmic spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis. When it comes to your neck, chronic conditions can be caused by the same disorders and diseases mentioned above, only having more to do with the cervical spine.

If you experience either acute or chronic neck or back pain and you live in Antelope Valley, the Lancaster area, or the surrounding communities, contact AVORS Medical Group today. We’ll schedule your consultation immediately, provide a swift and accurate diagnosis, and propose a rigorous yet effective rehabilitation protocol. We have a long track record of getting patients back to active.