Debilitating aches and pains in your neck or back can be caused by sports injuries, other injuries, strains, overuse, poor posture, or even certain diseases. These aches may also be related to weak abdominal muscles or abnormalities to any part of the neck (bones, nerves, muscles, joints, etc.).
This type of discomfort can have a significant impact a person’s quality of life, leading them to seek professional help to find the underlying cause of their agony and find the right methods to relieve their pain.
Recent advancements in regenerative medicine, particularly stem cell therapy, have shown promising results when it comes to alleviating back and neck pain symptoms. But first, let’s look at what can cause this debilitating pain and what methods are most commonly used.
Types of Back Pain
There are two main types of back and neck pain that range from mild aches to sudden, sharp pain. If this agony persists for over a few days, it’s considered acute pain. If it continues for more than 3 months, it’s known as chronic back pain. If your pain does not go away within 3 days, it’s suggested you seek medical attention and help.
What Causes Back and Neck Pain?
Back and neck pain can be caused by several different factors, including:
- Muscle strains
- Poor posture
- Degenerative spinal diseases
- Spinal osteoarthritis
Conditions that can also cause back pain include kidney diseases, appendicitis, aneurysms, bladder infections, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, tumors, fractures, among many others.
There are many different reasons that a person may experience neck or back pain, which is why it’s important to seek expert care when an individual has been experiencing pain and soreness for more than a few days.
A medical provider will be able to identify the underlying cause of this discomfort and provide you with the best possible solutions.
Symptoms to Look For
It’s obvious when you’re experiencing soreness in your upper body, however back and neck aches can start off appearing very dull. Apart from discomfort, you need to be on the lookout for any of these symptoms:
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty controlling hand movements
- Problems walking or keeping balance
- Stiff neck
Back and neck pain can also lead to headaches, a ringing sensation in the ears, dizziness, jaw soreness, and bowel or bladder problems.
So what type of help is there if you’re a victim of back and neck pain? There are several options depending on the cause of your discomfort. Many times, back pain can be improved with RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), anti-inflammatory drugs, pain relievers, and physical therapy.
On the other hand, there are some instances where severe or chronic pain may require surgery. To prevent your pain from worsening, try the following methods to relieve back and neck aches:
- Rest. It’s important to rest for 1-3 days if you’re suffering from neck or back pain. Ignoring the symptoms may only create more damage. That means no heavy lifting or other strenuous activities.
- Apply ice packs to the injured area. Doing so will help decrease swelling. Be sure to apply the ice over a towel for about 15 minutes about 4 times a day. Do this for several days and remember: don’t ever place ice directly on the skin.
- Back braces. This is a useful way to give your back some extra support during the recovery process.
Again, medications can also help with the discomfort as well. Some physical therapy consisting of stretches and strengthening exercises can help you control the pain and strengthen your muscles.
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
There is an additional solution to consider that is safe, effective, and does not require surgery – a type of regenerative medicine known as human umbilical cord-derived stem cell therapy (specifically Wharton’s Jelly). This method has been shown to significantly relieve chronic pain in a variety of patients.
How does it work? Stem cells are injected into the body to activate healing mechanisms that regenerate and facilitate the repair of damaged cells. Stem cell therapy brings several benefits including pain relief, possibly eliminating the need for surgery, and long-term results that may be able to improve your quality of life.
You can reach out to us at Chronic Care of Richmond & Regenerative Medicine using our contact form, or by giving us a call to reserve your seat at one of our free educational seminars. This presentation will help you better understand stem cells and how they might be able to help you.
Stem cells have been shown to reduce inflammation and repair and regenerate damaged tissue. Depending on your specific case, regenerative medicine may be right for you. We invite you to sign up for our free seminar to learn how stem cells can help you in your fight against chronic back and neck pain.
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