Whether it’s a simple ache or a consistent pain, when your back starts feeling out of
place, even mundane day to day tasks can feel exhausting because pain can become
excruciating. In the same way, when we experience neck pain, we quickly become
uncomfortable. Because these two areas hold so much responsibility and are key to
controlling how our body functions as a whole, it is vital that we are able to keep these
two parts of our body functioning and feeling the way they should.
There are two types of pain that can be experienced in these two specific areas, they
are acute and chronic back and/or neck pain. With acute pain, the pain usually starts
abruptly and is quite intense, however though more extreme, this type of pain may be
only be present for a few weeks. Whereas with chronic pain, it may linger and last
anywhere from weeks, months to even years. This type of pain is usually continuous,
though it can also come and go.
With so many possible factors, it is hard to say what exactly cause neck and/or back
pain. Usually it is a variety of causes that result in neck or back pain. Some of these
causes include simply over exerting or using these two areas, repeatedly lifting heavy
objects, a previous injury, natural break down of the vertebrae due to aging, unhealthy
eating, lack of exercise and much more.
When trying to determine what back pain feels like, it’s been described as a piercing
pain either in one specific region or in a large area of the back; numb or tingling
sensation in the legs; stiff spots, pain that goes from your back to your buttocks and
ends just under the knee. In more severe cases, there could even be a loss of bladder
Because back and neck pain could be a result of many different things, it is important
that you visit a doctor to rule out any possible major conditions such as a tumor,
abdominal problems or an infection.
To diagnose your case, a doctor will perform an exam and will more than likely want to
order X-rays or possibly an MRI to view the spine and neck vertebrae to ensure that the
tendons and tissues are all healthy and intact. If the doctor supposes arthritis may be
present and causing the pain, a blood test might be done to confirm it.
Once the doctor is able to diagnose what is causing the back or neck pain, different
options of treatment may be suggested. If it is acute pain, simple lifestyle changes such
as more rest, healthier eating and consistent exercise could aid in decreasing the pain.
Other methods may include, cold or hot compresses, braces or acupuncture. If the pain
is chronic, and treatments such as those previously mentioned do not help, a doctor
may suggest looking into surgery.
Depending on the causes and if there are other preexisting conditions, different types of
surgery may be suggested, as well as rehabilitation program. When it comes to back and neck pain, it can be debilitating at times, causing every day activities and tasks to
be dreaded. The quicker a doctor can diagnose the source of the pain, the sooner the
pain can be treated, and normal life actions will be enjoyable again.