McMonigle Neurology Associates
HOW WE CAN HELP
Back pain and neck pain are incredibly common complaints and most people will have an episode of one or the other at some point in their lives. Minor pains could occur from sleeping in a strange position or being on your feet too long one day. With some rest, these types of issues will likely heal themselves and no further treatment will be required. The more concerning scenario is when pain becomes a chronic issue that you repeatedly experience, or if the onset of pain occurred just after a traumatic injury. This type of pain may point to something more serious and it is important to investigate to rule out anything else contributing to the pain. Doing so will help you and your doctor determine if your pain may be the result of another medical issue that needs immediate attention. Determining the correct diagnosis for your back pain or neck pain is critical to getting you the proper treatment and providing necessary relief.
Back pain and neck pain can be the result of many different conditions or lifestyle habits, so each case tends to be very unique. For example, pain in the upper back may be the result of poor posture, athletic injury, or perhaps a work injury due to heavy lifting. Other types of pain may be caused by soft tissue damage, ruptured disks, arthritis, osteoporosis, and muscle or ligament strain among many others. Communicating effectively with a medical professional about your history and the symptoms you are experiencing is crucial to getting to the bottom the issue.
The degree of severity and how long a person has been living with the pain may give your doctor some indication of the cause. A neurologist may look at the support structures of the bone or discs in the back to see if there are any abnormalities that might be putting undue pressure on the nearby nerves. EMG testing can be used to check reaction times of nerves and muscles to determine that these systems are functioning well or if there might be an underlying problem.
There is a range of treatments available including rest, lifestyle changes, physical therapy, use of pain medication and anti-inflammatories. In more severe cases surgery may be the best and most effective option. You’ll be able to discuss the best course of action with your neurologist after a thorough evaluation.