Neck And Back Pain Specialist

Atlantic Health & Wellness Center

Weight Loss Clinic & Opioid Addiction Specialist located in West Palm Beach, FL

Neck and back pain can strike at any time, making even simple tasks like turning your head or getting out of bed in the morning nearly impossible. At Atlantic Health & Wellness Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, the skilled team provides effective and compassionate treatments to help alleviate your neck and back pain and find relief. To learn more, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Neck and Back Pain Q & A

Why do I have back pain?

Back pain is a symptom of particular medical issues, rather than a disorder in and of itself. Common causes include:

Strains

If you overexert yourself, or move too quickly, you might tear the muscles or ligaments in your back. This can lead to pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms in the area.

Sciatica

Sciatica is a painful condition that occurs when a herniated disc presses against your sciatic nerve, which runs from your spine down to your legs. Lower back pain from sciatica can also spread to your legs and feet.

Diseases

Certain diseases can cause pain in your back and lower back, like:

  • Spondylosis
  • Kidney infections
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Spondylitis
  • Spinal cord cancer

Pain in the lower back is also sometimes associated with kidney and bladder problems.

How do you diagnose the cause of back pain?

The team at Atlantic Health & Wellness Center conducts a thorough physical exam to determine the exact source of your back pain. They also examine your reflexes; muscle tone and strength; and your sensory system to determine how the pain is affecting your body. They might also order additional testing, such as an X-ray, MRI, ultrasound, or CT scan.

How do you treat my back pain?

The team at Atlantic Health & Wellness Center works with you to develop a treatment plan that’s best suited to your particular condition.

Some treatments the team might suggest include:

  • Muscle relaxants
  • Cortisone injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

What causes neck pain?

Your neck is flexible, has a lot of moving parts, and is responsible for supporting the entire weight of your head. All of these factors make it incredibly vulnerable to injury and strain. Some common causes of neck pain include:

Strained muscles

There are a variety of ways to strain the muscles in your neck, like:

  • Hunching over your computer or phone
  • Having poor posture
  • Poor sleeping position
  • Jerking your neck during a physical activity
  • Grinding your teeth

These factors can easily trigger strains that may lead to neck pain.

Worn joints

As you age, the joints in your neck wear down, which can cause pain. Osteoarthritis can also lead to neck pain, as it causes the cartilage between your vertebrae to deteriorate, which can cause painful bone spurs.

Nerve compression

Otherwise known as a “pinched nerve,” this happens when a herniated disk presses up against the nerves that branch out from your spinal cord, causing pain.

When should I see a medical professional about my neck pain?

Most neck pain improves on its own with rest, or simple home treatments. In some cases, though, neck pain might be indicative of an underlying problem.

If your neck pain is severe or is accompanied by headache, weakness, numbness, or tingling, schedule a visit immediately with the team of medical professionals at Atlantic Health & Wellness Center. 

What are some common treatments for neck pain?

Some of the more common treatments for neck pain include:

  • Pain medications
  • Injections, like steroids, nerve blocks, or trigger point injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Short-term immobilization, or a neck brace

To learn more about how the team at Atlantic Health & Wellness Center can help you find relief from your neck and back pain, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.