Back and Neck Pain
The International Association for the Study of Pain describes pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.
Back pain is one of the most common conditions and the leading cause of health care professional visits all over the world. Back or neck pain affects nearly everyone at some stage of active adult life.
Pain starts with the stimulation of one or more of the many special sense receptors, called nociceptors, in the skin or internal organs. At the spinal cord, messages from nociceptors may be modulated by other spinal nerves that enhance or, more frequently, diminish the intensity of the pain stimulus. The impulse then travels to several parts of the brain, where it is perceived as pain.
Pain also plays a major role in protecting the body and therefore should not be ignored.
Most people with this spinal problems experience pain at some stage. Back pain and neck neck pain can be separated into three types:
This is very important to identify the type of pain you suffer from because different treatments work better for each type of pain.