Back & Neck Pain
Back pain can be acute or chronic. Acute back pain can come on suddenly from a specific incident or injury and is particularly painful or it can occur from chronic long term back pain which has flared up and become painful. Here we explain specific back injuries as well as treatment, management and prevention of back pain.
Mild or moderate low back pain can be from a chronic or long-term back problem or can follow a bout of acute low back pain. It may be difficult to diagnose a specific cause of long-term low back pain as a number of structures can cause or contribute to the pain.
Acute low back pain is a severely painful back pain which usually comes on suddenly from a movement such as bending over or twisting. It often results from a chronic or long-term back injury which flares up worse from time to time.
Upper back and neck injuries are relatively rare in sport and more often occur from activities of daily living, such as waking up with a wry neck (torticollis). Neck injuries that are sustained in sport must be taken very seriously, especially if they are associated with symptoms of concussion or referred pain into the shoulders and arms.
Back pain can be particularly difficult to diagnose due to the complexity and the number of structures and tissues in the lower back that can cause pain. The most common causes are slipped discs and this can sometimes cause leg pain called Sciatica. In addition, scoliosis, spinal canal stenosis, spondylytis, spondylolisthesis, spondylolysis, spondylosis, transverse process fracture, facet joint pain and more.