Frequently Asked Questions

At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, we strive to provide our patients the specialized orthopedic care you deserve.

Please use the links provided to access answers to frequently asked questions about orthopedics, orthopedic specialists, and common tests and treatment definitions.

What causes back pain?

Back pain frequently stems from inflammation due to an acute injury like a pulled muscle. Degenerative changes that take place as you age also lead to chronic back pain.

Back conditions that commonly cause pain include:

Disc herniation

Discs located between vertebrae serve as shock absorbers and give your spine flexibility. Herniation occurs when a disc bulges out between two vertebrae.

Lumbar strain

Lumbar strain results from a stretching injury that causes small tears in your ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

Lumbar radiculopathy

Also known as sciatica, lumbar radiculopathy occurs when the sciatic nerves are compressed as they leave your lower spine and travel down your legs.

Lumbar spinal stenosis

Daily wear and tear on your spine cause spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal.

Degenerative disc disease

A degenerated disc is one that’s damaged due to age-related changes. Over time, discs become drier and thinner, leading to pain, numbness, and tingling.

What causes neck pain?

Your neck consists of the seven vertebrae, called the cervical vertebrae, at the top of your spine. Neck pain often arises from:

Cervical strain

A strain occurs when you stretch or tear a muscle or tendon. Whiplash injury is one example of a cervical strain.

Cervical radiculopathy

Better known as a pinched nerve, this condition develops when a nerve is pressed between vertebrae in your neck. The pain may radiate through your shoulders and down your arm.

Cervical spinal stenosis

Age-related changes cause narrowing of the spinal canal in your neck.

How are back and neck pain treated?

Back and neck pain can become debilitating, so it’s important to stay as active as possible while also avoiding activities that trigger pain. Treatment for back and neck pain may include one or more of the following:

Physical medicine

Physical medicine specialists use a combination of topical medication, oral medication, injections, physical therapy, and exercise that’s best for your condition. The goal is to alleviate pain and inflammation while improving strength and mobility.


Surgery is worth considering when conservative options have failed to relieve your back and neck pain. Procedures offered by the experts at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists include minimally invasive microdiscectomy, lumbar spine fusion, and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.

Please don’t wait to get treatment for back and neck pain. Call to book an appointment so the doctors at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists can help you find relief.

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