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Back and Neck Pain

Long-Term Relief from Back and Neck Pain Is Possible with the Professionals at Houston Physicians’ Hospital

Can’t seem to recall the last time you got through a week without feeling a throbbing sensation in your back or neck?

Upper back and neck pain are two of the most common—and most debilitating—conditions in the U.S. According to research, over 80% of the population suffers from back pain at some point in their lives. In addition, over 30% of U.S. adults endure varying levels of neck pain each year.

Back pain commonly ranges from a mild aching sensation to severe pain that may restrict movement. Similarly, neck pain triggers numbness and tingling that can even lead to sharp pain.

Over time, some individuals may also experience a combination of back and neck pain that extends from the lower back to the neck. If left untreated, back and neck pain can restrict mobility and cause chronic pain.

People with an unhealthy body mass index (BMI) and those who smoke are at a greater risk of developing chronic back and neck pain.

Causes of Back and Neck Pain

  • Poor posture (slouching, hunching over a computer screen)
  • Sports injury
  • Lifting heavy objects without care
  • Improper sleep positioning
  • External traumas
  • Nerve compression
  • Muscle or ligament strain
  • Ruptured disk(s)
  • Osteoporosis

People with skeletal irregularities like scoliosis are also susceptible to developing back pain that may extend to neck pain. In addition, certain diseases—including cancer, arthritis, and meningitis—increase a person’s risk of developing chronic neck pain. If you suffer from back or neck pain, don’t assume it will go away on its own; see your doctor immediately.

Common Symptoms

  • Sharp pain (localized or covering a large area)
  • Muscle ache and tightness
  • Headaches
  • Inability to move the head or extend the back in certain directions without feeling a shooting pain
  • Stiff neck or back
  • General soreness
  • Trouble lifting objects of moderate weight

Our Treatments and Programs for Neck and Back Pain Through the Spine Solutions Center

The team of surgeons, specialists, and physicians located in the Spine Solutions Center at Houston Physicians’ Hospital examines each case in careful detail to recommend the best course of treatment for each patient. By understanding each patient’s issue, lifestyle, and physiology, the team can determine whether the condition requires medication, therapy, a surgical procedure, or a combination thereof.

Our team has extensive experience in orthopedic surgical procedures, pain management, and physical therapy that relieve spinal pain caused by a combination of back and neck stress. While we prioritize treating the conditions with noninvasive procedures, our surgical options and related therapies have provided long-term relief for patients suffering from nerve root or spinal cord compression that required extensive correction.

With our state-of-the-art technology and the latest insights on medical research, we offer effective, innovative, and cutting-edge treatment plans that help patients resume regular activity without worrying about persistent back or neck pain.

If you or someone you know suffers from chronic back or neck pain, talk to your doctor. Our team of back and neck pain specialists includes orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons who serve Southeast Texas, including South Houston, Clear Lake, Webster, League City, Galveston, and neighboring communities.