Back and Neck Pain
Back and neck pain is spinal dysfunction. The length of the spinal column can experience a wide range of injury. A majority of adult Americans will identify a problem with back pain at some point in their lives.
The most common source of acute back and neck pain is muscle injury caused by over use or repetitive motion.
Chronic back and neck pain is caused by issues with the spine’s mechanics and anatomy, including disc herniation and deterioration. Problems in joints and vertebrae, and diseases including osteoporosis, narrowing of the spine, and arthritis, can also cause pain.
Poor posture, obesity, smoking, lifting, inactivity, and over use of screens are known contributors to back and neck pain. Blows to the body from sports or vehicle accidents can result in fractures and other body trauma that require immediate medical attention.
Back and neck pain can manifest as soreness, stiffness, spasms, headache, radiating pain, and fatigue. Neck pain can lead to limited mobility in the shoulders, arms and hands. The section of the spine, the type of pain, and the underlying cause of the pain will direct the physical therapy techniques used to remediate pain and restore function.
Physical Therapist Shane Bauer will assess and diagnose the pain source and create a treatment plan using a variety of complementary therapies that can include hands-on manipulation and muscle loosening, specialized techniques such as Dry Needling and The Graston Technique, and education and instruction in exercises to restore strength and mobility. Each treatment plan will be tailored to the needs of the individual.