Your neck has the important job of supporting your head and allowing you to experience the normal functions of everyday life. When you start feeling neck pain and back pain, it can really affect your ability to participate in your daily activities and can negatively impact your life. When this pain is acute, that usually means that it comes on suddenly and intensely and with almost no warning. It’s important to understand what can cause acute neck and back pain and how you can treat it and get back to your daily life!
What Causes Acute Neck and Back Pain?
There are many things that can cause neck and back pain however it is difficult to determine the exact cause. Some common causes can include:
- Overuse or improper use
- Trauma, injury, or fractures
- Degeneration of the vertebrae
- Tumor or bone spur
- Poor muscle tone
- Sprain or strain
- Muscle Tear
- Herniated disk
- Pinched nerve
You might start feeling a dull, burning, or sharp pain in your back or neck, numbness or tingling in the legs, or stiffness and achiness that can occur anywhere along the spine. It can make it really difficult for you to feel comfortable with the slightest movements and can make it difficult to feel comfortable with daily activities like working or even chores at home.
Treating Acute Back and Neck Pain
You can try some home remedies to help reduce some of the pain you may be experiencing. You can use hot or cold packs to help subdue some of the pain that you’re experiencing and reduce inflammation. Your doctor might recommend specific stretching and strengthening exercises to help reduce your pain. You may also take certain anti-inflammatory medications with the support of your doctor.
In severe cases, if pain cannot be managed, you may have to consider surgery to address whatever issue you might be dealing with.