Spinal pain is a very common cause of a visit to the doctor’s office. It also one of the most common causes of absenteeism or disability from work.
Structural changes in the spine, pain in the joints, muscles or ligaments in the areas of the neck, mid back or lower back are frequently found on the imaging studies. Spinal pain can also occur in rheumatological conditions, infections of the spine or malignancy.
Determining the cause of pain, intensity and functional limitations that is causing it requires comprehensive evaluation and possible referral to a physical therapist, injections or surgical consultations.