Back and Neck Pain
One of the most common medical problems in the United States. Eight out of ten people will develop a back problem at some time during their lives. It is the second most common cause of missed work days and is the leading cause of disability between the ages of 19-45. Approximately 80 billion dollars is spent because of back pain each year, and the cost keeps growing.
No matter what the treatment form, most episodes of back pain resolve within 8-12 weeks. In some individuals, back pain will become chronic. It becomes especially important for these people to become proactive about their back pain. A person with back pain becomes proactive by eating properly, stopping smoking, exercising on a regular basis, and pacing their activities in order to prevent worsening of their underlying spine problem. Although there may be no “quick fix” to a back problem, many individuals can be treated effectively and lead productive life styles.
Back conditions usually do not develop suddenly. Your back is subject to many repeated stresses or injuries over your lifetime. Everything from falling off your bike as a child, to lifting a heavy sofa to carrying around extra weight for several years may contribute to a spine condition. These repeated stresses or injuries add up over your lifetime, resulting in degeneration of the spine.
The goal of a spine treatment program is to improve symptoms and to slow the progression of the degenerative process in the spine. Usually this involves a joint effort between the individual with back pain, the treating physician, and other allied health care professionals such as physical therapists.