Neck & Back Pain2017-05-08T22:59:55+00:00

Neck & Back Pain

What is neck pain?

Neck pain generally occurs in the area of the neck’s cervical vertebrae. Due to its range of motion and location, the neck is typically left unprotected and therefore more vulnerable to injury. Pain in both the neck and back area can be severe, which can suddenly start without warning and be intense, or even chronic and last for a number of weeks, months, and sometimes years. The pain can either be sporadic or continuous while varying in intensity.

What is lower back pain?

Lower back pain can vary from dull, mild, irritating pain, to severe, persistent, sometimes crippling pain in the lower back. The pain will vary from person to person. Lower back pain can limit a person’s mobility as well as disrupt their everyday functioning and overall quality of life.

What causes neck & back pain?

Even with today’s advanced technology, researchers are still unsure what exactly causes neck and back pain overall. In many cases, neck and back pain are merely symptoms of a variety of causes, some of which may include:

  • Injury, trauma, or fractures
  • Strenuous activity, overuse, or inappropriate use such as heavy or repetitive lifting
  • Strain or sprain
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Vertebrae degeneration, typically caused by stress on both the ligaments and muscles that support the spine
  • Infections
  • Effects of aging
  • Obesity as a result of increased weight and pressure on both the discs and spine
  • Abnormal growth including a bone spur or tumor
  • Abdominal issues, including an aortic aneurysm
  • Muscle spasm or tension
  • Congenital irregularities of the bones and vertebrae
  • Muscle or ligament tears
  • Compression fractures or osteoporosis
  • Issues with the joints, such as arthritis
  • Pinched nerve or herniated disc
  • Smoking

Suffering from chronic back pain?


For individuals suffering from lower back pain that persists more than three months, or individuals with predominant leg pain, a more identifiable and specific problem for the pain should ideally be pursued. There are many very common causes of leg pain and lower back pain:

For people over 60 years of age, the back or leg pain generator is more likely to originate from osteoarthritis or facet joints. Some back conditions may include:

  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Facet Joint Osteoarthritis

In 20-60 year olds, the disc is most likely causing pain and may include certain conditions such as:

  • Isthmic Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Lumbar Disc Herniation

Neck & back pain solution

V. K. Puppala, M.D. is located in Villa Rica, GA and treats all his patients with supreme compassion and respect and is greatly concerned about their general well-being. Dr. Puppala takes a multidisciplinary approach by implementing a number of minimally invasive interventional methods using functional restoration and successful medication management. Call 770-627-7246 or 770-MAP-PAIN to schedule an appointment today.

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