Common causes of chronic pain in the neck and back

Chronic pain is generally considered to be any type of pain that lasts longer than three months. For many adults, chronic pain often manifests itself in the neck or back and can be severely disruptive to a good quality of life.

There are a number of degenerative spine conditions that can cause chronic pain in the neck or back, with the main factor behind these conditions being the natural aging process. Understanding how this process affects the spine may help you postpone the development of degenerative spine conditions and the accompanying pain and symptoms.

How aging causes chronic pain

Over time, the parts of the spine — bone, joints, discs, ligaments, etc. — naturally deteriorate. As the discs and joints of the spine wear down, several degenerative spine conditions can develop, such as:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Bone spurs
  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs

These conditions can cause the parts of the spinal column to move out of alignment, which can lead to nerve compression in the spinal canal. Nerve compression is very often the source of chronic back pain, and can radiate from the spine out to the extremities.

Making daily choices to increase your overall spine health, such as exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and quitting smoking, can help you delay developing a degenerative spine condition and chronic neck or back pain.

Treatment for chronic pain from a spine condition

If you develop chronic back pain from one of the causes listed above, your doctor may recommend a series of conservative treatments used to ease the pressure off the pinched nerve in your neck or back. These treatments can include physical therapy, pain medication or general lifestyle changes like weight loss and exercise.

However, if nonsurgical methods of treatment do not offer pain relief after several months and surgery is becoming an option, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery. To date, we’ve helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain caused by spine conditions. Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis using muscle-sparing techniques, making them a safer and effective alternative^ to traditional open neck or back surgery.

Contact our team today and request a no-cost review of your MRI report or CT scan* to determine if you may be a candidate for one our procedures.