The experience of back pain can be very complex many back problems are difficult to diagnose and typically involve a wide variety of treatment options with various risks and benefits. And, it doesn’t help that many myths and misconceptions about back pain and back problems persist.
Like the nearly 80% of Americans who will experience a back problem during their lifetime, Beverly Hayes suffers from back pain. For many, the injury is triggered by a strenuous activity, like gardening or weight lifting. Others simply bend down to pick up a pencil and their back gives out.
Whiplash is one of the most common consequences of a motor vehicle collision. It may not always be immediately evident after a car accident. In fact the symptoms usually arise after 24 hours and can last for months but it is not common for whiplash to lead to chronic problems. People with previous neck injuries or musculoskeletal conditions affecting the neck are at a greater risk for chronic neck pain triggered or worsened by whiplash.
We all get injured at some time the other. We tend to think that if there are no broken bones then an injury is not serious. However, some injuries may not lead to a broken bone but can still be severe and require medical attention. Some soft tissue injuries can be very severe with a complete tear of a muscle, tendon or ligament.
Managing these types of injuries is not simply taking some OTC medication and resting. Sometimes surgery may be required to correct the underlying problem.
Your neck is made up of vertebrae that extend from the skull to the upper torso. Cervical discs absorb shock between the bones. The bones, ligaments, and muscles of your neck support your head and allow for motion. Any abnormalities, inflammation, or injury can cause neck pain or stiffness.
Many people experience neck pain or stiffness occasionally. In many cases, it’s due to poor posture or overuse. Sometimes, neck pain is caused by injury from a fall, contact sports, or whiplash.