Neck & Back Pain
What is Neck Pain?
When treating patients at Comprehensive Spine & Pain, our neck injury doctor finds that pain generally occurs in 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. Symptoms of neck injury in the neck and back area include severe pain that suddenly starts without warning. When chronic, this pain can last for weeks, months or sometimes years and be sporadic or continuous while varying in intensity.
What is Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain can vary from dull, mild and irritating to severe, persistent and sometimes crippling. While it will differ from person to person, lower back pain can limit someone’s mobility, disrupt their everyday functioning and impact their overall quality of life.
What Causes Neck & Back Pain?
Even with today’s advanced technology, neck injury doctors are still unsure of the exact cause of neck and back pain. In many cases, they are symptoms stemming from a variety of issues 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
- 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
Suffering From Chronic Back Pain?
For individuals suffering from lower back or predominant leg pain that persists for more than three months, lower back pain doctors recommend seeking a diagnosis to identify and target the specific problem that is generating discomfort. There are many common causes of lower back and leg pain that are related to age:
For people over 60 years of age, the lower back or leg pain likely originates from osteoarthritis or facet joints. Related back conditions may include:
- Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
- Facet Joint Osteoarthritis
In 20 to 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
Lower back pain doctor, V. K. Puppala, M.D., owns several pain and spine clinics and is located in Villa Rica, GA. He treats all his patients with supreme compassion and respect and is greatly concerned about their general well-being. Dr. Puppala takes a multidisciplinary approach to pain management in Atlanta by implementing a number of minimally invasive interventional methods using functional and successful treatments for lower back injury medication management. Call 770-627-7246 or 770-MAP-PAIN to schedule an appointment today.