Running Separately Backache & Neck Ache Clinic

BACKACHE

It is one of the common complaints for people with sedentary as well as heavy work. the main risk factors for backaches are improper postures while walking, driving, obesity, alcohol, smoking, improper diet, pushing weights, lifting objects, loaded school bags, kitchen bending, cleaning floors and also improper footware.

These factors cause an undue strain on the backbone or spine and cause herniation or displacement of the disc or cushion between the vertebrae leading to pressure on the nerve roots causing areason to complain. Patients with cervical spondylosis suffer due to neck pain,tingling numbness , paralysis and giddiness. Patients with lumbar spondylosis will usually complain of, pain, stiffness, tingling numbness, limb weakness and ocassionally bladder, bowel symptoms.

signs that warrant immediate treatment include neuralgic pain, paraesthesias, weakness of extremities, bladder ,bowel disturbances, backache waking you up at night, local redness, swelling and, deformity. Treatment modalities depend on various factors like the age, porosity of bones, occupation and severity of symptoms. Patients are offered treatment modalities which include drug treatment, collar / belt support, traction, physiotherapy, surgery and newer methods- endoscopy, microsurgery.

NECKACHE

A disorder that results from abnormal growth of the bones of the neck (cervical vertebrae) and degeneration and mineral deposits in the cushions between the vertebrae (cervical disks).Cervical spondylosis results from chronic degeneration of the cushions between the neck vertebrae (cervical disks) and mineral deposits (calcification) in the disks. There may be abnormal growths or "spurs" on the vertebrae (the bones of the spine). This causes gradual compression of one or more of the nerve roots, resulting in progressive pain and movement or sensation abnormalities that resemble herniated cervical disk but are usually less severe. The spinal cord may be compressed (spinal cord trauma) with resultant movement or sensation or function losses of the areas controlled at and below the level of compression.

Risks include old neck injury (which may have occurred several years previously). However, the disorder also occurs commonly in older people who have no history of neck injury. It is thought to result from normal changes of aging. Symptoms neck pain (may radiate to the arms or shoulder), loss of sensation or abnormal sensations of the shoulder, arms, or (rarely) legs, weakness of the arms or (rarely) legs, difficulty moving the head, neck stiffness that progressively worsens, headaches, particularly in the back of the head, loss of control of the bladder or bowels (if spinal cord is compressed), loss of balance, ear noise / buzzing, muscle weakness (decreased muscle strength, independent of exercise) in the shoulders, arms, or hands.