According to the International Association for the Study of Pain, “pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience arising from actual or potential tissue damage.” Studies show that almost everyone has or will experience neck and lower back pain at least once in their life! Whether it’s neck pain after a car accident or just lower back pain from everyday life, it can still be an inconvenience in everyday life.

The most common causes of pain include smoking, infections, poor muscle tone, stress, and arthritis. More severe symptoms are birth defects and abnormalities, ligament and muscle tears, severe weight gain, or even something as traumatic as a car or sports related accident.

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Evaluation of pain

Pain comes in all different forms. Some of the most common symptoms for acute pain include tenderness, soreness, and limited range of motion, which can last for a very short or long periods of time or even come and go sporadically. More severe pain indications are stiffness, severe pain that does not go away, and/or burning and aching.

If you have a headache, dizziness, blurred vision, or sharp lower back pain symptoms shooting down the leg please consult with us for advice right away. As with most conditions, early intervention is the key to treatment and ultimately long-term relief from your painful symptoms. Please call us right away at 212 – 344 – 0740.

Preventing pain

One of the biggest problem today’s generation will face is nomophobia, which is literally the fear of being out of contact with a mobile device – yes it’s come to that! So many young people. business professionals, parents and most people have developed a cell phone addiction.  One great way to prevent neck pain caused by electronic addiction is to hold your device directly out in front of you, or to use a case with an angle built in to prevent straining neck muscles. Hopkinsmedicine.org suggests these other great tips to preventing what causes low back and neck pain:
•    “Practice correct lifting techniques
•    Use telephones and workplace computers and other equipment properly
•    Maintain correct posture while sitting, standing, and sleeping
•    Participate in regular exercise (with proper stretching before participation)
•    Avoid smoking
•    Maintain a healthy weight
•    Reduce emotional stress that may cause muscle tension”

I have neck or back pain, what do I do now?

Now that you know how to evaluate pain, how to prevent pain, and what causes low back and neck pain it’s time to consider what to do next. Self Diagnosis and DIY solutions are not meant for everyone’s pain and can not cure everyone’s issues. But, if after reading this information and trying some of the at home solutions provided, you still have pain, consider seeing Dr. Sullivan for a chiropractic massage to relieve you of your low back pain. His one of a kind chiropractic massage is a hands-on technique known to many of clients as a fast and deeply relieving corrective measure for especially for back and neck pain.