Customizing Treatment of Neck and Back Pain
At Montvale Health Sport + Spine we have a coordinated approach to treating neck and back pain that has virtually all the symptoms (and conditions from which they arise) covered. Our treatments are obviously influenced by the symptoms of our patients, but our focus is on the root cause of the pain with symptoms serving as a map that allows us to reach the destination of improved spinal health. We prioritize treatment that brings relief without prescription meds or invasive surgery, facilitated by our interdisciplinary team of chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists and pain-management physicians overseen by a Medical Director certified in Internal and Emergency Medicine.
Such a team of professionals in multiple healing arts is essential for allaying any of the following conditions that are culprits behind neck and back pain:
√ Degenerative Disc Disease
√ Herniated Discs
√ Spinal Stenosis
We’re talking about the entire spine, from the neck (cervical) to the lower back (lumbar) and all muscles, nerves, tendons and ligaments associated with the spinal cord, an extension of the central nervous system, and cushioning intervertebral discs.
The aggregate of all Americans suffering from any of these conditions, whether the result of injury, illness or deterioration from misuse or aging, number in the tens of millions. Take spinal stenosis, which exerts painful, often numbing, pressure on the spine due to narrowing of spaces in the spine itself. As many as half a million U.S. residents have the symptoms of spinal stenosis, which are the most common in the high and low extremes of the spine: neck/shoulder region and low back. As many as 7 million suffer from scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine that often strikes during childhood. Each year as 20 out of every 1,000 Americans are diagnosed with disc herniation, the National Institute of Health (NIH) reported in January of this year.
The location of the pain, discomfort or numbness may not be in the spine itself but assuredly emanates from there. Sciatica, for example, may originate in the lower back but you might feel it in your legs. As is the case with these other conditions, there are various treatment options. For sciatica, they may include acupuncture, chiropractic, spinal decompression therapy, or massage therapy. Customized treatment plans may be called for in treating most of these common causes of neck and back pain.
Although many back issues are blamed on overuse or abuse, it is often a sedentary lifestyle or relative inactivity— too much sitting or poor posture when walking or standing— that is responsible for the traditional “bad back.”
In fact, the pandemic, which may not be in our rearview mirror yet, is a lesson in how underuse often trumps overuse when it comes to neck and back pain. We covered some of the “posture busters” during the height of COVID in 2020 when millions of people nationwide stayed home to work and shelter. Sitting itself is a type of overuse injury if you are anchored to a chair or desk for hours at a time. Any position that requires an extreme forward position of the head and shoulders, as is often the case with working with a computer, puts a lot of stress on the neck, hunches the shoulders, twists the torso and stresses the upper back.
Although conditions like degenerative disc disease are regarded as part of the aging process, poor posture and too much sitting can accelerate most of the conditions behind neck and back pain. That includes other degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis.