Almost everybody will go through neck and back pain at some point in their lives. As a matter of fact, musculosketal pain, is one of the most common reasons why people seek medical treatment. Your neck and back pain could be the result of a number of conditions from simple muscle strain to the presence of a tumor or infection.
Acute physical trauma is one of the most common causes of neck and back pain. In severe cases, the person may also feel numbness and tingling sensations in the hands and arms, and legs and feet along with neck and back pain . More often than not, these problems are associated to the spine rather than just to the muscles. Nerves and nerve roots, connective tissue, vertebrae and discs or other structures of the back may be affected. This pain is more serious, lasts longer, and requires professional intervention and treatment.
Disc herniations are a cause of spinal pain that most often occur in the lumbar and cervical areas of the spine. The herniation applies pressure to spinal nerve roots and can cause neurological symptoms together with pain. Symptoms may be numbness, tingling, burning, or a feeling like an electric shock running down the arms and/or legs and continue into the hands and feet. Motor weakness and complications may also be a possibility.
The Multi-Disciplinary Approach:
- Physiatry – Otherwise known as physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine, Physiatrists are medical doctors with specialized training in the evaluation and nonsurgical management of spinal disorders. Physiatrists are trained in the following areas: diagnostic evaluation, diagnostic and therapeutic spinal and soft tissue injections, pharmacologic (medication) treatment, biomechanical (physical function) evaluation, exercise prescription, injury assessment, spinal bracing, and medical acupuncture.
- Chiropractic/Manual Treatment – manual spinal intervention techniques such as joint mobilization and manipulation, therapeutic exercise development, biomechanical analysis, job site and task analysis, ergonomic consultation, and patient education.
- Anesthesiology and Pain Management – provides both diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injections, acupuncture, and other non-surgical methods of controlling pain such as Trigger point injections are also provided.
- Radiology – Diagnostic imaging, using techniques such as MRI and CAT scans as well as interventional injection techniques
- Neurology – Referrals to Neurologists who specialize in the evaluation and management of pain, numbness, and weakness that may be caused by degenerative, inflammatory, infectious, and autoimmune disorders involving the spinal cord or its nerve roots are occasionally needed.
The impact of 2 cars exerts thousands of pounds of force and consequently abundant of that force is transmitted to the neck and spine. Frequently, there’s injury to the cervical spine owing to the load of the top snapping forward and back. so the term: whiplash. If the top strikes one thing within the automotive there may be further injuries like Post-Concussion syndrome. Some symptoms of injury may show up forthwith however others might not seem for weeks or months. ER treatment may not absolutely reveal these injuries.
Some common symptoms of whiplash and Post-Concussion Syndrome are:
• Neck pain and restriction of movement
• Headache that won’t go away
• Tiredness and feelings of nervousness
• Trouble with balance, equilibrium
• Ringing in the ears
• Inability to sleep and excessive sweating.
• Numbness in extremities.
• Inability to concentrate or memory loss