Understand your spinal condition. Learn how to treat it.
When back and neck pain arises, it is often attributed to a soft tissue injury to the spine. There are numerous small joints in the back that can be aggravated resulting in this pain, such as nerve root irritation, disc herniations, bone spurs, or scar formation. All of these could potentially put pressure on the spinal nerves; however, most spine conditions involve a combination of causes. Thus, it is important to identify and treat the various sources of your symptoms.
Within the following pages, you’ll find suggestions for prevention and the various treatments we recommend for your spinal pain. However, if your spinal pain is minor, here are some answers to questions we’re commonly asked.
How long does it take to recover from spinal trauma?
The natural progression of recovery from minor spine disorders or injury should resolve within 4-6 weeks if no aggravation occurs during that time period. Most spine pain should become better within that time; but if the pain persists, an MRI scan may be recommended to help identify the problem.
How can I reduce spinal aches and soreness?
For minor soreness, heat is a simple beneficial treatment. Heat increases the blood flow to the muscles, ligaments and tendons. The increase of blood flow can decrease muscle spasms and pain. Consider use of a heating pad, whirlpool, hot shower, bath, steam room or sauna to alleviate pain and promote healing.
Don’t let pain prevent you from living the life you deserve.