Neck and Back Pain
Neck and back pain are among the most common ailments that Americans face. The spine is a complex structure that bears the weight of the body and facilitates motion, so it’s no wonder that painful issues like bulging discs, whiplash, muscle strains, bone spurs, and nerve compression are commonplace in individuals of various ages. The spine is also highly prone to degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis, particularly after age 50.
How is neck and back pain treated?
Even mild neck and back pain can turn everyday activities into uncomfortable tasks, but there is good news. Many patients with neck and back pain can find meaningful relief from their symptoms with conservative methods. Some of the most common treatments include:
- Gentle stretching and low-impact exercise
- Hot/cold therapy with a heating pad and ice pack
- Physical therapy
- Pain relieving medications and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Anti-inflammatory injections
While many patients don’t require surgical neck and back pain treatment, surgery may be clinically appropriate for individuals who don’t respond to conservative methods. Some patients are candidates for minimally invasive spinal procedures that can be performed with few incisions and little disturbance to healthy tissues.
In the Greater Pittsburgh Region, Orthopaedic Specialists offers a full spectrum of conservative and surgical neck and back pain treatment options. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified orthopedic physicians and learn more about our advanced approach to spinal health.