Back & Neck Injury

Back Injury

Back pain and spine pain symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear, from an overuse injury, during sports or recreational activities and from injury during work or home tasks. Back pain can occur anywhere from the neck to the tailbone (coccyx). Back injuries are the most common cause of back pain, whether those injuries arise from daily activity, tripping, falling or twisting the spine; or severe back injury from trauma; direct blows to the back or the top of the head.

Your risk of back pain increases as you age, if you have a family history of back pain, sit for long periods, lift heavy objects, or have a degenerative disease such as osteoporosis. Although most back problems occur in adults age 20 to 50, if they occur in children under the age of 20 or in adults over the age of 50, they’re more likely to have a serious cause.


Neck Injury

The neck (cervical spine) is composed of vertebrae that begin in the upper torso and end at the base of the skull. The bones, ligaments, and muscles in our necks support the head and allow for mobility. Daily wear and tear, growing older, and injury and accidents are common neck injuries. At any given time, about 10% of the adult population is suffering from a stiff neck. All too commonly, it’s from sleeping funny, poor posture or overuse.

85% of Americans suffer from neck or back pain at some point in their lives. Because the neck is so flexible and because it supports the head, it is extremely vulnerable to injury. Vehicle accidents, sports and slips and falls may result in neck injury. Most episodes of neck muscle strain result in a stiff neck and/or pain in a shoulder muscle.