Have Chronic Neck or Back Pain? You’re Not Alone
Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: May 7, 2019
New research published by the market research firm OnePoll found that a large portion of Americans have been dealing with neck or back pain for years.
According to the research that was recently published, roughly one in four Americans reports having suffered from neck or back pain for at least five years, while 16 percent say they’ve been dealing with such aches and pains for more than a decade. The survey, which involved 2,000 adults, also revealed that 80 percent suffered from neck or back pain at some point in their life, and 70 percent said spine issues inhibited their normal activities.
What’s Causing Chronic Neck and Back Pain?
The survey also attempted to pinpoint some of the reasons why people have developed chronic back or neck pain. Here’s a look at some of the responses as to why they believe their neck or back is always hurting:
- 57 percent cited heavy lifting.
- 56 percent said their work environment aggravated their pain.
- 51 percent said sitting too long each day.
- More than 40 percent blame standing or walking too much throughout the day.
- 28 percent said poor mattress quality.
- 25 percent said their office chair played a role in their pain.
- 20 percent said their pain is caused by walking up stairs or other routine daily activities.
As you can see, if you’re dealing with back or neck pain, you’re not alone. The vast majority of Americans have dealt with neck or back pain at some point in their life, and one in four have been dealing with such pains for more than five years. That’s far too long to go without pain relief!
So what should you do if you or someone you know is battling chronic neck or back pain? The first thing a lot of people do is turn to the internet for answers, but because a number of conditions express similar symptoms, that can make a diagnosis confusing and lead to unsuccessful treatment options. Instead, what you should do is contact a spine specialist like Dr. Sinicropi.
We’ll be able to get to the root cause of your pain using our comprehensive diagnostic procedure. We’ll begin by reviewing your medical history and talking to you about your history with the condition, what causes pain, and what types of symptoms you’re dealing with. From there, we’ll conduct a physical examination that may include some manipulation exercises to see what actions provide relief and which ones cause symptom prevalence. Finally, we’ll likely confirm our suspicions using one of our many imaging techniques, from x-rays and MRIs to CT scans or ultrasounds, we’ll find a way to get to the bottom of exactly what’s going on in your body.
From there we’ll walk you through all your potential treatment options and be with you every step of the way during your recovery. Many people experience symptom relief through conservative care options, but if you’re still in pain, we can also cover all of your surgical options. We won’t stop until you find peace and relief from your back condition. So just because many people deal with neck and back pain, don’t allow it to become a regular part of your life. Seek out a spinal consultation and get back to a pain-free way of life, For more information, contact Dr. Sinicropi’s office today.