Neck Pain and Back Pain
Neck pain and back pain may come from any of the structures in the neck including: vascular, nerve, airway, digestive and musculature / skeletal. The most common neck pain and back pain are caused from prolonged bad postures habit such as:
Text-neck: Text-neck is common source for neck pain. It is caused by prolonged hours on electronic devices with incorrect posture. As people spend more and more time on computers and smartphones, poor posture can create unnecessary physical stress to the neck leading to neck pain. Text neck can also be caused by poor posture at work or even at the gym (Straits Times, 2017). Thus, text neck can affect a wide range of people, from students to gym goers to office workers.
Whiplash: Whiplash is an injury to the neck that is caused by sudden jerk-movement (acceleration-deceleration force). Suffers of whiplash injuries feel pain when moving the head, experience tightness on your neck, and have a restricted range of movement on the neck. While whiplash is often caused by motor vehicle accidents, whiplash can also be caused by sport injuries and is frequent among those who play contact sports (Tsoumpos, 2013). If you frequently play contact sports, and experience some of these symptoms, you may need to get yourself checked for whiplash injury.
- Herniated disc: Herniated disc is commonly referred to as a slipped disc. This is neck or back pain that is caused by the soft tissues emerging from a tear on the exterior of a spinal disc and this causes irritation to the nearby nerves (Mayo Clinic, 2018). Herniated discs cause intense pain, numbness or tingling sensation, and weakness of arm and leg.
- Pinched nerve: A pinched nerve also known as a nerve compression is a condition where a nerve is pressurised by a ligament, tendon or bone. Pinched nerves can become a permanent condition and requires immediate medical attention.
Analgesics or muscle relaxants are often prescribed by the doctor to ease the neck and back pains. However, this is not always effective as analgesics and muscle relaxants are only temporal solutions and have little effect on acute cervical strains.
At All Well Scoliosis Centre, we will help you to identify your neck pain and back pain, assess and manage your condition without medication. Our goal is to allow your body to heal and become stronger by changing some daily habits and maintaining a more natural way of life.
Ng, W.Y. A (2017, March 21). Texting too much can be a pain in the neck. The Straits Times.
Retrieved from: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/texting-too-much-can-be-a-pain-in-the-neck
Mayo Clinic. (2018). Herniated discs. Mayo Clinic.
Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/herniated-disk/symptoms-causes/syc-20354095
Tsoumpos P., Kafchitsas K., Wilke, H.J, et al. (2013). Whiplash injuries in sports activities.
Clinical outcome and biomechanics Br J Sports Med 2013;47:e3. Retrieved from: http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/47/10/e3.79