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What is Causing that Back or Neck Pain

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There really are two types of pain that we will experience when we feel back or neck pain. The first is mechanical pain, and the second is non-mechanical pain. You can see a breakdown of the causes of each in the following lists:

Potential Causes of Non-Mechanical Back or Neck Pain:

Infection

Tumor

Cancer

Other Diseases


Potential Causes of Mechanical Back or Neck Pain:

Joints

A joint is the point of contact between elements of an animal skeleton whether movable or rigidly fixed together with the surrounding and supporting parts (as membranes, tendons, or ligaments).

Ligaments

Ligaments are a tough band of tissue that serves to connect the articular extremities of bones or to support or retain an organ in place

Nerves

Nerves are any of the filamentous bands of nervous tissue that connect parts of the nervous system with the other organs.

Discs

A disc is any of the tough elastic discs that are interposed adjoining vertebrae and that consist of an outer fibrous ring enclosing an inner pulpy nucleus.

Muscle


A muscle is a body tissue consisting of long cells that contract when stimulated and produce motion.

Tendon

A tendon is a tough cord or band of dense white fibrous connective tissue that unites a muscle with some other part (as a bone) and transmits the force which the muscle exerts.

Bursa

The bursa is a small, thin, watery sac between a tendon and a bone.

When going to see a provider of any kind, whether it’s a medical doctor or a chiropractor, the first thing that we have to do is determine what type of pain you are experiencing. Once we’ve safely eliminated the non-mechanical pain category as a source of your pain, we can start to focus on the origin of the pain itself. We will check the potential sources for your pain, which may be caused by one or more of these sources. All of these sources are capable of producing pain, either by themselves or in concert with any of the others.

Your top priority should be to receive an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Phelan is an outstanding diagnostician, and he will provide you with the most conservative plan possible to help you to heal as quickly as possible. When treatment plans require services outside of spinal manipulation, physiotherapy, exercise, ergonomic lifestyle changes, or massage, then Dr. Phelan will provide you with a referral to another highly qualified physician.

If you’re interested in speaking with us about back or neck pain, please go to our website, http://www.wakeforestchiropractic.com.  If you would like to make an appointment, please get in contact with us by calling 919-562-0302. We would be happy to help you. Thank you.

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