Neck and back pain affect more people than almost any other health issue, and it isn’t uncommon for this type of condition to become a chronic problem. If you’re suffering unrelenting neck or back pain, Ripu Arora, MD, and the expert team at Arora Pain Clinic have an extensive range of cutting-edge therapies that can make a genuine difference. With a convenient location in Torrance, California, Arora Pain Clinic is a practice that could significantly improve your quality of life. Call today to schedule a consultation, or use the online booking tool.

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What causes neck and back pain?

Neck and back pain can arise for many reasons, but the most common causes are related to your musculoskeletal system. These could be acute injuries or damage that occurs over a long time.

Your spine runs the length of your back and is made up of:

● Vertebrae
● Ligaments
● Tendons
● Muscles
● Spinal discs
● Cartilage
● Facet joints
● Nerves

Your spinal cord also runs the length of your spine, protected by the spinal canal and is one part of your central nervous system along with your brain. All the peripheral nerves that spread out into the rest of your body originate from your spinal cord.

This means that any damage to the structures in your back can result in pinching or other forms of nerve damage, which are a common cause of neck and back pain. Activities that typically cause neck and back injuries include:

● Lifting heavy weights
● Unsafe lifting techniques
● Overexertion
● Repetitive movements
● Moving awkwardly
● Twisting and straining
● Falls and trips

Muscle tension from stress and anxiety can also cause neck and back pain, and neck pain is a common cause of headaches.

What conditions cause chronic neck and back pain?

Chronic neck and back pain can result from degenerative conditions or long-term injuries, including:

● Herniated discs
● Scoliosis
● Osteoporosis
● Neuropathic pain
● Sciatica
● Degenerative disc disease
● Bone spurs
● Whiplash injuries
● Osteoarthritis
● Rheumatoid arthritis
● Spondylolysis

In order to prescribe the most appropriate treatment for your neck and back pain, the team at Arora Pain Clinic needs to diagnose the cause of your pain.

They do this by carrying out a comprehensive physical exam and looking at the results of diagnostic imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans.

How is neck and back pain treated?

If your neck or back pain is due to a mild muscle strain, then rest, gentle movement, and using heat or ice packs should resolve the problem.

If the pain is more severe, or home treatments aren’t working, Arora Pain Clinic has a variety of treatment options available, including:

● Physical therapy
● Ultrasound therapy
● Medications
● Nerve blocks
● Epidural injections
● Facet joint injections
● Radiofrequency ablation
● Discograms
● Nucleoplasty of discs
● Annuloplasty / IDET
● Percutaneous discectomies
● Vertebroplasty
● Spinal cord stimulation
● Morphine pumps
● Percutaneous facet joint fusion (TruFUSE®)

If you have neck or back pain, call Arora Pain Clinic today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.