Neck and Back Pain

Neck and Back Pain

Neck and Back Pain

Okay, so neck and back pain are some of the most common problems that humans deal with. That and headaches are the most common complaints that patients bring to their doctors. There are so many things that can go wrong and cause pain in our necks and backs. Most common, of course, is muscle: a strain, a sprain, overloading - particularly in our sedentary lifestyles, we often let our core get weak, and then something may happen to tax it. We have to move when we start carrying heavy boxes, or we decide to do the weekend warrior and get more athletic on a weekend but we haven't maintained the muscle strength to support that. So muscle strains, muscle injuries are the most common cause and most of those will heal on their own over a period of one to two months.

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Steven H. Richeimer, MD

Pain Medicine

  • Triple Board Certification in the fields of pain management, anesthesiology, and psychiatry
  • Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC)
  • Chief, Division of Pain Medicine at USC and Director of the Norris Cancer Hospital Pain Management

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