Neck & Back Pain Specialist

Proactive Medical Center

Regenerative Medicine & Auto Accident Clinic located in Duluth, GA

Whether you get in a car accident, trip and fall, or lift a heavy object with improper form, back and neck pain can affect every part of your day and your mood. At Proactive Medical Center in Duluth, Georgia, the skilled team provides several effective treatment options to ease your pain and strengthen your back and neck. For more information about back and neck pain and your treatment options, call Proactive Medical Center, or book an appointment online today.

Neck & Back Pain Q & A

What are some common causes of back and neck pain?

Pain, soreness, and aches in your back or neck can come from many different injuries and underlying conditions. Your spine consists of spinal bones called vertebrae, cushioning discs between the vertebrae, supportive muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Any of these structures and even nearby organs can be the source of your pain. 

If an injury places pressure on your spinal cord, pain and numbness can appear in other parts of your body like your arms or legs. 

Since the average weight of a human head is about 11 pounds, this can be a tough job for your neck when not aligned properly with the rest of your spine. That’s why wear-and-tear injuries like muscle strains are some of the most common causes of neck pain.

Common injuries and conditions leading to long-lasting back and neck pain include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Herniated discs
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal cord stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Kidney problems

If you’re unsure of the source of your back or neck pain, your provider might ask about recent falls or accidents. They also ask you to describe the pain and any other symptoms that come with it. If his initial evaluation isn’t conclusive, they might recommend that you get an X-ray or another imaging procedure that can show an injury up close. 

How are back and neck pain treated?

Proactive Medical Center offers a diverse range of treatments and services dedicated to relieving the pain in your back and neck. After evaluating your back pain at Proactive Medical Center, they form a treatment plan. Your treatment for back and/or neck pain might include:

Massage therapy

Your provider might recommend massage therapy if your back and/or neck pain comes from a soft tissue injury. Massage therapy can improve blood flow and boost your body’s natural healing process.

Physical rehabilitation

During physical rehabilitation, your provider helps you improve your muscular endurance, balance, and strength with specific exercises, movements, and therapies. They might recommend trigger point injections, electrical muscle stimulation, or spinal traction. 

Medications

Your provider may prescribe medications as part of your treatment plan to help ease your pain. 

How can I prevent back and neck pain in the future?

Back and neck pain aren’t always preventable, especially if it comes from a sudden injury or illness. However, you can take some steps in your everyday life to prevent general back and neck pain and soreness. To lower your risk for back and neck pain, your provider might recommend that you:

  • Exercise your core
  • Practice good posture
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat bone-healthy minerals like calcium
  • Lift heavy objects with your legs, not your back
  • Wear supportive shoes
  • Take breaks from hunching over your phone or computer

Your provider can give you additional tips to help you improve your posture and avoid movements that might put you at risk for a back or neck injury. 

If your back or neck pain doesn’t go away with rest and home care, call Proactive Medical Center or book a consultation for back and/or neck pain online today.