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Back & Neck Conditions


Do you suffer from
Back & neck pain?

Back & neck pain can effect people of all walks of life, at any stage in your life. Below are possible conditions that could be the cause of your pain.

Common Back & Neck Conditions

man sitting at a desk holding his neck in pain

  • Whiplash

Whiplash is a neck injury arising from a forceful and rapid movement of the neck. Auto accidents are often the culprit of this condition, however sports or physical abuse could be to blame. Without treatment this condition can become worse over time and cause a decrease in your quality of life.

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Worse with activity
  • Decrease in range of motion
  • Headaches in base of skull
  • Tenderness in affected area
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Strain, Sprains & Spasms
Strain, Sprains & Spasms

Sprains, strains and spasms of the neck can be dull or intense in pain. These are usually the result of abuse, sports, labor, auto accidents, and other forceful trauma to the affected area. The pain usually peaks a few days after the injury, and will take time to heal. It is advised to seek treatment to avoid causing further complications with your spine.

  • Neck pain
  • Neck pain that worsens with movement
  • Muscle spasms in the affected area
  • Increased irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Disc Disease

This age-related disease is due to one or more of the discs in the spine that begin to deteriorate or break down. This leads to decreased mobility and pain in the affected area. This condition needs to be treated sooner rather than later to prevent more severe complications.

  • Pain that ranges from dull to severe
  • Pain of the lower back, buttocks & thighs
  • Pain in the neck that may radiate to the arms and shoulders
  • Pain that is worse when sitting
  • Pain from lifting, bending and twisting
  • Numbness or tingling in the limbs
  • Weak muscles
  • Periods of severe pain
  • Osteoarthritis

The most common form of arthritis, Osteoarthritis affects millions of adults around the world. This condition can affect any joint in the body but is most commonly associated with hands, knees, hips and spine. Though this condition can not be cured treatment can help tremendously.

  • Pain in the Affected Area
  • Stiffness in the Affected Area after Waking or Activity
  • Tenderness
  • Loss of Mobility
  • Grating Sensation
  • Bone Spurs
  • Swelling and Redness in the Affected area
  • Cervical Stenosis
Cervical Stenosis

This condition will arise when the neck’s protective spinal canal becomes narrow due to age or trauma. If this space becomes too small sever neurological deficits will result from spinal cord compression. Treatment is highly recommended to help alleviate the symptoms.

  • Sciatica (shooting leg pain)
  • Foot Drop (feet “slap” on the ground)
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Incontinence
  • Back stiffness and pain
  • Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition that is located in the lower vertebrae. This disease is when one of the vertebrae in the affected are slips forward on the bone beneath. Though this condition may be quite painful it is very treatable. This condition can be brought on by a birth defect, football, gymnastics, weightlifting and hard labour.

  • Nagging lower back pain
  • Stiffness in the back
  • Tenderness of the lower back
  • Thigh and leg pain
  • Tight muscles in the buttocks and hamstrings
  • Anterolisthesis

This condition affects the upper part of the vertebrae. When the drum-shaped discs slip forward onto the vertebrae below the condition can, and usually does, cause pain or stiffness. If left untreated this condition can cause increased instability of the spine and a overall decreased quality of life.

  • Muscle spasms in the back
  • Tingling or burning sensations
  • Inability to feel differences in temperature
  • Poor posture
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sacroiliac Dysfunction
Sacroiliac Dysfunction

This condition is a joint dysfunction at the bottom of the spine that connect to the pelvis. This typically results in lower back pain and pain in the legs. This condition can arise from traumatic injury, arthritis, pregnancy, and infection.

  • Pain in the lower back
  • Pain in the buttocks
  • Pain in the legs
  • Torticollis

This condition is involving the muscles of the neck and back the cause the head to tilt down. Sometimes referred to as “wryneck” and is typically associated with newborns.

  • Inability to move head
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headache
  • Uneven shoulders
  • Swelling in the area
  • Tilting of chin
  • Scoliosis

Sideways curvature of the spine is referred to as Scoliosis. This condition is typically from a birth defect, child growth, aging, traumatic injury, or previous spine injury. Treatment for this condition can be lifelong and chronic so seeking medical attention is highly recommended.

  • Shoulder blades that are uneven
  • Uneven hips
  • Rotation of the spine
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Back pain
  • Curved posture

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