Low Back and Neck Pain Causes and Treatment (Every Day Health 2022)

It's estimated that 80% of the population will have back and neck pain at some point. This can impact every aspect of your life. It's the most common source of workplace disability, causing 83 million lost work days in the U.S. annually. Aditya Vedantam, MD, neurosurgeon, talks about the common causes of back and neck pain and when to seek care. 

Causes of Low Back and Neck Pain

The common causes of low back and neck pain include:

  • Aging
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Degeneration of the spine
  • Abnormal postures of your neck and back for prolonged periods of time
  • Carrying heavy loads
  • Injuries that can happen at the workplace and outside

Low Back and Neck Pain Treatment

Neck and back pain may go away without any treatment. It is appropriate to seek medical care for your low back and neck pain if it affects your quality of life and prevents you from doing the things you want to do.

There is a benefit to approaching a multidisciplinary team to treat your back or neck pain. The SpineCare Program at the Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin health network offers personalized treatment approaches for a variety of conditions affecting the back, neck and spine. There are four SpineCare locations throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The SpineCare team includes occupational and physical therapists, chiropractors, pain physicians and physiatrists, as well as neurosurgeons and orthopaedic spine surgeons. 

Each patient will have their own journey to treat their pain, and we offer a range of treatment options that can be tailored to individual patient needs. There are minimally invasive and non-invasive treatments that we can start with and more invasive surgical options that we can proceed onto, if necessary.

Learn more about our SpineCare Program, and find a doctor who's right for you online by calling 1-800-DOCTORS.