Spine, Neck & Back
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If you have pain in your neck, back or spine, it can impact every aspect of your daily life. Work with the team of orthopedic specialists and neurologists at Novant Health to create a treatment and recovery plan.
What causes back and neck pain?
If you spend hours hunched over a computer or lift heavy items without bending properly, you're putting strain on your muscles and ligaments. These actions can lead to poor posture, a herniated disc or compression of the spinal cord and nerves. You may experience symptoms like numbness, tingling, weakness or more severe symptoms like pain that radiates through your body.
Other causes of back and neck pain include an infection, inflammation, tumor or cyst, obesity and reduced muscle tone. Smoking is also linked to back pain since the adverse effects on the vascular system reduce the self-healing ability of the ligaments, muscles and discs in your spinal network.
What symptoms should I watch for?
Because the central nervous system runs through your spine, you could experience back and neck pain symptoms anywhere in your body. Spinal cord compression can cause numbness, cramping or burning in your arms and legs or a loss of sensation in your feet. Stiffness or dull pain in your neck, back and shoulders or shooting pain down your leg could indicate a muscle, ligament or tendon condition. Neck strain often brings headaches, shoulder pain and numbness in your arms.
Acute symptoms usually surface quickly and can last for a few days or weeks, but chronic pain can linger for several months. If you experience incontinence and severe leg pain or numbness that prevents you from standing or walking, contact the spine specialists at Novant Health for further assessment.