Back and neck pain is one of the most disruptive pain disorders in the United States. Most people experience back pain at least once in their lifetime and it’s a leading cause of disability worldwide. Meanwhile, at least two-thirds of all adults will have neck pain that, at some point, limits their activities. Dr. Darryl George is a general practitioner in Roseburg and Beaverton, Oregon. He specializes in pain management for neck and back pain and can help you, too. Call the practice today to schedule an appointment.
There are various symptoms of back and neck pain, and they vary depending on the area affected and the injury. Some include:
Dr. George has training in treating back and neck pain. He aims to make you more comfortable and able to live your daily life without interruption from pain symptoms.
Back and neck pain occurs because of medical and lifestyle circumstances. Your neck area is particularly vulnerable because it supports the weight of your head and absorbs shocks to the spine. Reasons for back and neck pain include:
Car collisions and high impact sports can cause whiplash. This is where the head jerks forward and then backward, straining the tissues and muscles in the neck and applying a high force to the spine. You can also strain your spinal ligaments and back muscles with heavy lifting.
Discs cushion the vertebrae, and the material inside a disc can bulge or rupture if put under stress. If this happens, it can press on a nerve. Herniated discs and bone spurs can press down on the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord, which causes shooting pains in the neck area.
If you're carrying extra weight, you put a constant strain on your back, which can cause muscle spasms.
Neck pain is a symptom of some chronic diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis. It's also an early symptom of life-endangering diseases like meningitis or cancer.
Dr. George not only manages the symptoms of neck and back pain but also aims to find the root cause of the pain.
Dr. George addresses the neck and back with several treatments depending on the cause of pain, your medical history, and lifestyle. His methods include medication, physical therapy, and other holistic approaches.
Dr. George takes an integrative approach to treatment. Besides conventional medicine, he encourages you to explore complementary therapies such as acupuncture, shiatsu, and chiropractic treatment for holistic, or whole-body, healing. If you're tired of living in pain, call the practice today to schedule an appointment with him.