Low Back & Neck Pain Q & A

What Causes Neck Pain?

Various distinctive factors can impact long-lasting neck pain. Characteristically, repetitive motions, sudden twisting and overuse are accountable for a great portion of the discomfort. Even simple actions such as operating a computer and staring at a monitor constantly through the day strain the neck’s soft tissues and cause pain. The usual causes of neck pain typically include:

  • Trauma
  • Strains of muscles and tendons
  • Sprains of  ligaments
  • Prolonged Sitting
  • Poor posture
  • Tumors
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Structural Abnormalities in bones and joints

What Causes Low Back Pain?

Low back pain (LBP) is the second most common symptom-related reason for seeking medical help in the United States. In the U.S., 85% of the population will experience an episode of Low Back Pain  at some point during their lifetime. People seek treatment of low back pain for a variety of reasons. Some of the causes of Low Back Pain are prolonged sitting and computer use at the office. Most LBP is derived from sprains and strains. Sprains and strains can occur through improper stretching, over-stretching or by lifting heavy weights incorrectly. Intervertebral disc degeneration, otherwise known as the normal process of aging within the spinal disc is another common cause for LBP. These discs allow for  mobility of the spine to perform most normal activities and with time they slowly deteriorate. LBP will also occur when the disc or nerve in the spine is compressed; formally known as Herniation or Radioculpathy/Sciatica respectively.  Traumatic injuries such as car accidents, sports injuries or falls may also result in LBP. An individual’s irregular spinal alignment (such as scoliosis, increased lordosis and increased kyphosis) can be contributing factors to LBP.

What Treatments Are Used?

Treatments for LBP can vary depending on the severity and whether the pain is acute or chronic. It is recommended that people who suffer from LBP continue normal daily activity that does not aggravate the pain as opposed to bed rest. Several clinical studies have demonstrated that increased bed rest will worsen the pain and cause generalized weakness . To treat LBP,  our Physical Therapists employs an array of exercises, including Clinical Pilates, and manual techniques to assist patients to restore muscle balance and joint symmetry, thereby decreasing pain and restoring function. Clinical Pilates is an effective techniques to strengthen the core muscle groups which provide support and stabilization to your lower back. Clinical Pilates is not only  effective and beneficial in improving core strengthening, but also  increases ones flexibility, coordination and alignment thereby reinforcing proper posture.