OrthosportsPT_Getting to the CORE of Back and Neck Pain

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GETTING TO THE CORE OF BACK & NECK PAIN

Back and neck pain are two of themost common issues that American adults experience, putting a huge physical and economic burden on working Americans by being both two of the leading needs formedical intervention and two of the most common causes people have tomiss work. While these may feel like two separate issues, it is somewhat common that neck pain and back pain are actually related. Core strength can have a huge impact on your overall health and wellness, and when your core is weak, it could add up toweakness in your neck and back. Neck Pain 101 There are a lot of reasons why neck painmay develop, including everything from sudden incidents like a car accident or a slip-and-fall injury, to more chronic issues, such as regularly hunching over a desk at work or even practicing poor posture. One of the biggest problemswith neck pain is that it often triggers headaches, as the pain is so closely connected to the spine and nervous system. What is more,

addressing neck pain is sometimes difficult as there is so much potential to cause more damage to the neck. This is why working with a physical therapist to address neck pain is wise. Aphysical therapist can help treat neck pain by improving range of motion, using targeted massage techniques, and by improving strength as needed. For example, inmany situations, neck pain can be treated by improving core strength. Back Pain 101 Severe back pain impacts more than half of the population, and many of those with pain in the back as a result of injury end up dealing with that pain long term. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that once it develops, it is difficult to work around it, and many people begin modifying their movements as a result, causing their back to compensate for the injury by putting pressure on othermuscles that eventually just leads tomore back pain.

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