“It’s a pain in the neck” is a common response to life’s annoying moments. But for those suffering from neck pain, it’s no joke. Neck pain, also called cervical pain, can be caused by disease and injury in the disc, bone and nerves in the cervical spine, and in the soft tissue and muscles in the neck area. There are many causes and conditions of neck pain including herniated discs, pinched nerves (radiculopathy), neck strain, neck injury such as whiplash.
Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under the age of 45. Millions of Americans experience back pain every year. Back pain, the most common musculoskeletal pain, may result from problems in muscle, tendons, ligaments, other soft tissues, and joints, or discs.
In these conditions as in other areas where pain is present, making the proper diagnoses is key to the proper treatment.