Back & Neck Pain Specialist

The Vanguard Clinic -  - Integrative Medical Clinic

The Vanguard Clinic

Integrative Medical Clinics located in St. Louis, MO

Back pain is one of the most common reasons Americans miss work and the second most prevalent reason for visiting the doctor. The experienced integrative medical team at The Vanguard Clinic in St. Louis take a whole person approach to treating back and neck pain, so you don't have to miss work or any other activity you enjoy. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn about effective, noninvasive treatment options.

Back & Neck Pain Q & A

What Causes Back and Neck Pain?

The majority of acute (temporary) back and neck pain is the result of muscle strain or an accident, such as an auto injury. Heavy lifting, twisting, or overuse can also cause painful back and neck symptoms. Fortunately, these types of aggravating episodes usually go away within a few weeks as your muscles heal.

However, for those experiencing back and neck pain regularly, the healing process may take longer because your symptoms are the result of a more serious underlying condition. Common causes of chronic back and neck pain include:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Compression fracture
  • Pulled muscle
  • Spinal stenosis

Adults over 60 often experience back and neck pain as a result of osteoarthritis (OA) or other degenerative conditions.

Neck pain by itself is less common in adults than low back pain. It’s sometimes the result of an injury, OA, or cervical (upper spine) degenerative disc disease.

How is Neck and Back Pain Treated?

The Vanguard Clinic’s experts work together to create a customized treatment plan based on your individual symptoms and the underlying causes of your pain. They evaluate your overall health, lifestyle, and other factors to determine the best course of action to get you back to a full range of mobility without discomfort.

Their techniques and therapies are noninvasive and safe for patients of all ages. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Ice and/or heat therapies
  • Rehabilitation and strengthening exercises
  • Activity modification

Is There a Way to Prevent Back and Neck Pain?

Yes. There are many ways you can proactively prevent aggravating your back and neck, especially if you’ve been injured or want to minimize chronic condition flare-ups. You can:

  • Maintain a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Avoid prolonged periods of inactivity
  • Warm up and stretch properly before participating in physical activities
  • Adjust and maintain better posture
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Wear comfortable shoes with foot orthotics
  • Sleep on a supportive mattress
  • Create an ergonomic workspace to take strain off your neck and back when you’re sitting

The friendly, knowledgeable team at The Vanguard Clinic works with you to achieve your goals each step of the way, so you don’t have to let back and neck pain keep you from doing the things you love. Call or schedule a consultation online today.

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Integrative Health Services