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Health Quest Chiropractic & Physical Therapy

Pain Management: Neck & Back Pain - Baltimore, MD

It's estimated that at least 85 percent of people - likely more - will experience back or neck pain to some degree during their lifetime. In fact, it’s the number one reason for people calling out of work. These aches and pains are so common, that it's easy to brush them off or accept living with them permanently. However, “just living with it” is unnecessary, and without care, neck and back issues can get even worse. That’s why it’s important to see a specialist for evaluation and treatment of persistent pain.

That’s where we come in. Health Quest’s team can evaluate your neck and/or back, and - based on your medical history - determine a likely cause and the best course of action when it comes to treatment. Using a wide variety of modalities, and by making sure patients are comfortable with their therapy program every step of the way, our staff will help you leave your pain behind, as well as regain your mobility and comfort.


FAQs on Neck & Back Pain:

What Causes Neck & Back Pain?

Because the neck and back are so involved in the body’s movements overall, they are exceptionally vulnerable to a variety of triggers. The following are all known to contribute to and/or cause chronic pain:

  • Overuse or improper use of the spinal muscles (i.e. poor posture and positioning, repetitive lifting, etc.)
  • Strenuous activities and lifting
  • Trauma and injuries
  • Muscle tension or spasm
  • Sprain or strain
  • Ligament or muscle tears
  • Joint problems, such as arthritis
  • Health issues affecting spinal discs
  • Pinched nerves

Are There Different Kinds of Pain?


  • Pain that develops suddenly in your back or neck is considered to be acute pain. Acute pain is often caused by an injury, and is expected to last no more than 6 weeks, especially with treatment.
  • Pain that lingers for weeks (i.e. 3 months or greater) is considered to be chronic pain, no matter how quickly it initially presented.

At What Age am I Most Likely To Experience These Pains?

It's common for individuals to first notice above-average, long-term aches and pains between the ages of 40 and 60. However, younger people can also experience neck and back pain. In fact, due to the increasing use of technology in our free time and in the workplace alike, the younger population is experiencing neck and back pain, sometimes called “tech neck”, more frequently now than ever before.

When Do I Need to See a Doctor for My Pain?

It’s common for people to ignore back or neck pain due to the “normalcy” of these areas hurting. Any number of movements and activities can cause temporary issues that will naturally resolve. However, it’s important to see a doctor or specialist if:

  • The pain becomes debilitating
  • The pain does not improve within a few days to a week
  • The pain does not decrease with medication and rest
  • The pain develops after a major injury or a fall
  • The pain is accompanied by weakness, numbness, or tingling in your legs or arms
  • The pain is significant and is experienced during routine movements (i.e. exercise, work, chores, etc.)

Finally, it's most important to report pain that interferes with your daily routine. Back and neck aches are often responsible for a loss of productivity; can contribute to the risk of depression (due to their interference with a patient's normal routine); may lead to weight gain (due to an inability to exercise); and, if the pain is from a herniated disc, can even lead to nerve damage.

What Sorts of Treatments Should I Expect from Health Quest?

Health Quest provides a wide range of chiropractic, physical therapy, and rehabilitative services. Our team can customize and combine any number of chiropractic manipulation methods with therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, creating a plan that our experienced team knows will target your specific pain source.

During each visit, you will meet with your doctor for evaluation and treatment, then move on to prescribed physical therapy protocols in one of our state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities. These supervised protocols will gradually intensify to recondition and strengthen weakened/injured areas, which prevents exacerbation and recurrence of your neck and back pain.

Ready to schedule an appointment? Our Health Quest team is ready to meet you. Schedule an appointment online or call 410-356-9939 to set up your visit!