Low Back and Neck Pain

low back and neck pain

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is the leading cause of limiting physical activity and work absence throughout most of the world.  The economic impact of this health problem burdens individuals, families, communities, industry, and governments. In the United States, an estimated 149 million work days are lost every year because of low back pain, with total costs estimated to be between $100 to 200 billion USD a year (of which two-thirds are due to lost wages and lower productivity). At present, low back pain is treated mainly with analgesics, yet the CAUSES of lower back pain are rarely addressed. Surgery remains the last option when all other strategies have failed, but the outcomes are extremely disappointing.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is second to lower back pain as the most common musculoskeletal condition in the body. The prevalence of neck pain continues to rise as laptops, tablets, and texting become more and more a part of our daily lives. The implications of neck pain in the workplace result in decreased productivity on the job. This happens because employees with neck pain are not likely to take a sick day because of their neck hurts; they are more likely to work through their pain, which results in decreased productivity.

At present, neck pain is treated mainly with analgesics, yet the CAUSES of neck pain are rarely addressed. Surgery remains the final option after all other strategies have failed, but the outcomes are extremely disappointing.

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Low Back and Neck Pain is a Symptom

 For most bodily conditions, diseases and maladies, it is expected that a doctor does a careful and thorough evaluation. This naturally must happen before determining a diagnosis. Quite often, the diagnosis of lower back pain is “lower back pain”, and the diagnosis for neck pain is “neck pain”. This diagnosis is often determined following an evaluation that might last 60 seconds. It may not even include touching the patient or taking an x-ray. Therefore many physicians are literally diagnosing their patients with the very symptom with which their patients present.  Sometimes the diagnosis may sound a bit different such as Lumbalgia, Pinched Nerve or Muscle Spasm. Basically, they mean the same thing. Without a proper evaluation, without an x-ray, without understanding spinal structure, without keeping up with current spinal biomechanical research, without analyzing the spine as a whole to determine ROOT CAUSE of the pain, the low back and neck pain diagnosis falls very short.

Surgery is Usually NOT the Answer

If you want back surgery, you definitely want to consult a surgeon. 42.7% of people studied who initially visited a surgeon for a low back consultation underwent surgery.  In a different study, the majority of people who underwent lumbar fusion, a common lower back surgery, never returned to work. There are 80,000 cases of failed back surgery each year, a 19% re-operation rate and about 90% of these surgeries were not necessary.  With the cost of back surgery approaching $200,000, are you sure you’ve tried everything?

Most health practitioners tend to divide the examination of the spine into regions: neck, mid back, and lower back clinical studies. This is a mistake. John Bland, MD says it very clearly: “The three units are closely interrelated, structurally and functionally – a whole person with a whole spine.” He goes on to explain that the neck may be painful or symptomatic because of a problem in another region of the spine and vice-versa!  He then adds, ‘Sometimes treating the lower back will relieve neck pain, or proper management of the neck will relieve lower backache.”

Our UNIQUE and Highly Successful Solution to this Problem

Our office practices Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP), which means we evaluate your entire spine and establish a diagnosis BEFORE recommending treatment. On your initial visit, our evaluation consists of a comprehensive history, digital postural assessment, range of motion analysis as well as full-spine, radiographic studies, analyzed by state-of-the-art spinal analysis software.  From all this data, we determine if your low back and neck pain is biomechanical in nature. Find out more here.

How do you relieve low back and neck pain?

There is a short and long “game” when it comes to low back and neck pain relief. We employ both to get the patient the best outcomes in the short and long run.

Our office practices Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP), which means we evaluate the entire spine and establish a diagnosis BEFORE recommending treatment. On the initial visit, our evaluation consists of a comprehensive history, digital postural assessment, range of motion analysis as well as full-spine, radiographic studies, analyzed by the state-of-the-art spinal analysis software. From all this data, we determine if your low back and neck pain, or headaches are biomechanical in nature. If it is, then we create a customized plan to improve the patient’s spinal structure, naturally, without surgery, for a lifetime of good health through better spinal structure.

What is the fastest way to relieve neck pain?

We use joint mobilization chiropractic adjustments, laser therapy, ice, traction, and decompression when necessary to get our patients the fastest relief possible without compromising long-term help.

What is the best painkiller for neck and back pain?

The best natural painkiller is often Class IV laser therapy, ice, and traction to quickly take down the inflammation which allows us to get to the root cause of the pain and begin spinal correction.

For most bodily conditions, diseases and maladies, it is expected that a medical doctor does a careful and thorough patient evaluation. This naturally must happen before determining a diagnosis and treatment plan. Quite often, a medical doctor’s diagnosis of a patient’s complaint of lower back pain is “lower back pain”, and the diagnosis for a patient’s complaint of neck pain is “neck pain”. This diagnosis is often determined following an evaluation that might last 60 seconds. It may not even include touching the patient or taking an x-ray. Therefore, many physicians are literally diagnosing their patients with the very symptom with which their patients present. Sometimes the diagnosis may sound a bit different such as Lumbalgia, Pinched Nerve, or Muscle Spasm. Basically, they mean the same thing. Without a proper evaluation, without an x-ray, without understanding the spinal structure, without keeping up with current spinal biomechanical research, without analyzing the spine as a whole to determine the ROOT CAUSE of the pain, the “low back pain” or “neck pain” diagnosis falls very short, as they never get the WHY the pain is there in the first place. We specialize in getting to the WHY, and then fixing the problem for long-term health benefits.

Specialized Chiropractic Services

We treat a wide range of conditions, using highly effective approaches based on scientific research and over 25 years of practical experience.

What our customers are saying

4.9
Based on 474 reviews
Antaeus Gates
Antaeus Gates
15:49 13 Jul 22
Great team led by Dr. Shapiro. They greet you by name just like in Cheers. Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. They have your back (literally)!!!
Cathy Jordan
Cathy Jordan
18:44 11 Jul 22
I love my progress to good spine health! Thank you so much for sharing your all you do!☺️
Gabe Lembeck
Gabe Lembeck
23:12 28 Jun 22
Fantastic experience. Fixed my short-term pain and have gotten posture on the path to better health with their unique system.
Judith Nelson
Judith Nelson
19:30 23 May 22
Complete Spine Solutions changed my life. I went from being in pain 24-7, to having almost no pain. I first came to them about 2 years ago. At that time I was in so much pain I couldn’t do any exercise at all. I was barely making it through the day. Simple things like taking a shower were difficult. After just 2 months, I started noticing a weight decrease. I didn’t change anything about my diet or exercise, the chiropractor was the only change. I took that weight loss (which has continued), coupled with the fact I felt better and started exercising. I made the mistake of not going to them for most of 2021. I regret that a lot. But since I started back 2 months ago, I’ve felt even better than when they treated me last. The staff is super encouraging and understanding of your pain and limitations. They customize your treatment plan for your body. More importantly, monthly they do a check in or re-exam so they can further adjust your treatment plan as your body changes. This is not a place where they crack your back and send you home. Chiropractic Biophysics is a real science with peer reviewed research to back it up. I’m a person who is pretty analytical and also cynical. When I went to their workshop the first time, I had major reservations about starting. But I thought about it like this, ‘What do I have to lose? And what could I gain if I tried this?’ I’m glad I took that chance. I’m a completely different person than I was 2 years ago. I’m happier, healthier, and nearly pain free. I’m more confident in my body, which has helped my overall confidence both physically and mentally. They’ve nearly cured my digestive issues, I know that sounds weird but it’s true. Dr. Asli is always so positive and energetic. The staff make you feel like you matter, and are genuinely interested in your life. Thank you Dr. Shapiro, Dr. Asli, Arlene, Sarah, Jonathan, Nicholas, Abby and everyone else on the team for giving me my life back!
deborah igbalajobi
deborah igbalajobi
19:11 22 Apr 22
Incredibly nice chiropractor. Everyone there is so welcoming . They are in the business of helping you fix the problem not just manage pain! Definitely excited to see the progress I’ll have !
Laura Cape
Laura Cape
23:21 14 Apr 22
It is such a treasure to have found CSS this year. I have struggled with chronic pain, illness and disability for over 27 years and didn’t think I could ever get and relief. I have a long road ahead but I can actually feel like I am starting to move better. The most important thing is that the staff is so welcoming and supportive that I look forward to every appointment which is not how I feel about some of the other places I have been. On days that I am really struggling I walk in the door and feel cared for and happy and the sweet and hysterical staff often keep me distracted from my pain for awhile. They work together and they work hard for their patients.
Adrienne Buckmire
Adrienne Buckmire
17:03 11 Apr 22
CSS is an awesome place, associates and medical team are very professional and knowledgeable. I feel like I have a second family who wholeheartedly cares about my health. My health has improved tremendously! I would recommend CSS to everyone that I come in contact with. I am so happy that I have chosen CSS. Dr. Shapiro and his team are awesome!
Jodi Scott
Jodi Scott
16:18 05 Apr 22
These guys are consistently amazing with what they do. I was on the path to back surgery and now I’m not thanks to CSS!
Austin Freeman
Austin Freeman
19:43 02 Mar 22
Excellent care and individualized recovery plans. I was experiencing chronic upper back and neck pain and within the first month it was drastically reduced. After two months it was almost gone entirely. Highly recommend!
Tayler Morgan
Tayler Morgan
18:07 01 Mar 22
Cannot recommended Complete Spine solutions enough. They offer care unlike any chiropractic you will find. They correct your spine rather than just “cracking” you and sending you on your way. The entire staff has been so well trained they make the entire process a breeze. Flexible appointment times. Dr Shapiro and Dr Asli are so kind and caring. Both treat you with the upmost care and individual attention. They make a point to remember your name and personality and cater to that.
Lindsey Campbell
Lindsey Campbell
16:37 01 Mar 22
Amazing service! I noticed a lot of imrpovement for my pain after one week of care for my three herniated disks.
Tayler Morgan
Tayler Morgan
16:51 28 Feb 22
Cannot recommend them enough!! If you are in pain from literally anything, see doctor Shapiro. The staff is incredible, well trained, and thoughtful. They work hard so you can feel better. I have seen other doctors and none compare.
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