Nearly 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain during their lifetime. Most commonly, back pain is caused by muscle strain, but it can also be attributed to a variety of traumatic and degenerative conditions, including:
For most, back pain is only a temporary problem that can be alleviated with conservative (non-surgical) treatment such as rest, medication, physical therapy, spinal injections and the use of orthotics. Patients suffering from chronic back pain that does not improve with conservative (non-surgical) treatment may require surgery.
Neck and arm pain is also a prevalent problem that can be attributed to degenerative problems in the cervical spine. Other neurological problems such as motor function limitations and sensory dysfunctions may also be associated with degeneration in the cervical spine. In some cases, conservative treatment may relieve neck and arm pain; however, in other cases, surgical treatment may be required to relieve pain and prevent severe and ongoing neurological problems.