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common causes of neck 'n' back pain

There are more than 30 causes of pain, the commonest are:
Prolapsed Intervertebral Disc
Degenerative Disc Disease/ Lumbar Canal Stenosis
      - Scoliosis
      - Spondylolisthesis
Cervical Stenosis and Myelopathy
      - Tuberculosis
      - Pyogenic
      - Secondaries of Spine
      - Haemangiomas

Back pain is a Symptom and can be caused by a variety of reasons:-
-> Sedentary inactive living styles
-> Poor posture
-> Improper body mechanics - Over Weight
-> Stressful living situations and poor working habits
-> Wear and tear - ageing process

Back pain sufferers: avoid these 6 Common Mistakes
If you have back pain, make sure you’re not making your situation worse with the following common mistakes:
Mistake #1: Ignoring your pain for too long
While it’s true that low back pain usually gets better within a few weeks, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore it. Pay attention to the pain and go to spine specialist to get a diagnosis and treatment plan. With a correct diagnosis, you can start an appropriate exercise regimen that will minimize future pain.

Mistake #2: Relying on your GP for too long
Primary care physicians and general practitioners don’t have in-depth training in spine medicine, so it may be harder to get an accurate diagnosis and/or treatment plan. If your back pain is severe and lasts for more than a couple of weeks, I recommend going to a spine specialist. Doing this sooner rather than later could help save you a lot of time, money and frustration in finding some pain relief.

Mistake #3: Jumping to surgery too quickly
for many, it’s tempting to view spine surgery as a “quick fix”. However, with a few exceptions, it is typically recommended to try non-surgical treatment for at least 4 to 6 weeks before considering surgery. While surgery can fix a specific anatomical problem, such as a disc pressing on a nerve, the only way to completely heal is through a sustained exercise and rehabilitation program. Even with surgery, you’ll need to exercise. Remember, Surgery should be the last option in treatment for your Back pain

Mistake #4: Postponing back surgery for too long
On the other hand, for certain conditions patients tend to do better if they have surgery sooner. For example, when there is arm or leg pain and weakness because a nerve root is pinched, it is often best to take pressure off the nerve root through surgery sooner to avoid developing nerve problems.

Mistake #5: Focusing on the MRI results
Time and again people e-mail me about their MRI scan results. But this does not mean there is a problem. In fact, you may have terrible pain and an MRI scan that shows a normal-looking spine, or you may have an MRI that shows a large herniated disc yet have no pain. You need the full clinical diagnosis, and don’t focus too much on just the MRI results. It is wiser to treat patients than MRI scans.

Mistake #6: Bed Rest Isn't Best
I hear about most often: people with back pain staying still in the bed to avoid aggravating the back and triggering painful episodes. In older times long bed rest was recommended, but present day only a short period of rest is recommended, followed by stretching and strengthening exercises. Prolonged lack of activity will in fact lead to wasting of muscles and more pain. Keeping your back and supporting structures flexible and strong means that they can better support your spine, hasten the healing process and minimize the chance of future pain or injury. The abdominal and back muscles don’t get much exercise from everyday activities and need specific exercises.

Most importantly, back pain is different for everyone, so trust yourself, and get educated about your situation, so you have the best chance of getting better quickly.

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