Back and neck pain is extremely common, affecting 80% of Americans at some point in their lives. There are many causes of back pain, which can occur through injury or just as an effects of aging.
What Type of Doctor Should You See For Neck and Back Pain?
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Common Neck and Back Conditions
Neck pain is very common and is often caused by muscle strain or tension. Usually, everyday activities are to blame. Such activities include bending over a desk for hours, having poor posture, placing your computer monitor too high or too low, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, or twisting and turning the neck in a jarring manner while exercising. However, traumatic accidents or falls can also cause severe neck injuries. Some conditions related to neck pain include whiplash, cervical herniated disc and spinal stenosis.
Back pain is one of the foremost reasons people come to see an orthopedic specialist. While muscle strain or fatigue are usually the primary causes of back pain, other conditions can lead to discomfort as well. Conditions that are related to back pain include spinal stenosis and lumbar herniated discs.
Scoliosis is a common condition found in both children and adults, and it is most often diagnosed in adolescence. Fortunately, it can usually be treated, especially when diagnosed early. The cause of the scoliosis is often idiopathic (no underlying cause); however, it typically runs in families and girls are more prone to it than boys. The key to fixing scoliosis is early detection and intervention. The younger and more flexible a spine is, the better the chance of encouraging it to keep its normal shape.
Throughout your life, you are constantly losing old bone and forming new bone. Osteoporosis happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone, or a combination of both problems. About 10 million people in the U.S. are estimated to have osteoporosis, and approximately 32 million have low bone density. Most people don't know they have osteoporosis until they break a bone.