How to Identify the Causes of and Treat Back and Neck Pain

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There’s no shortage of ways for you to find yourself with a sore and tense back and neck at the end of the day. If you work at a job that requires you to use a computer for 8 hours a day, the position of your monitor might be causing you to crane your neck at an awkward angle. If you’re a big fan of social media, you might be putting significant strain on your neck and back by spending all your spare time staring down at a smartphone. And if you’ve recently started hitting the gym again in hopes of getting in shape for summer, you might be hurting your lower back by working out with improper form.

This recent Hannibal Courier-Post article outlines a number of different ways you can injure yourself and the different remedies you can seek for back and neck pain. Some are surgical, which generally come with long recovery times. Others call for the use prescription pain relievers, which the FDA and the CDC has recently called tighter controls on because of the high addiction rates associated with their use. And it suggests using physical therapy to address the problem, a treatment that doesn’t have the deleterious side effects of pain meds and it’s been found to produce better outcomes than surgery, especially when used in tandem with regular massage sessions.

Read the full article here: Doc Talk: What to know about back/neck pain