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Do you have a question about management of back and neck pain? Deborah Venesy, MD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Spine Health, will answer your questions about this medical condition during a live webchat Friday, August 24, 2012, at noon (ET).
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Pain that primarily affects the back should be distinguished from sciatica, the result of a pinched nerve in the spinal column. The causes of back pain may be more difficult to pinpoint and may be related to the discs, joints or soft tissue (muscles, ligaments and tendons).
Causes of neck pain include abnormalities in the bone or joints, trauma, poor posture, degenerative diseases and tumors. Pain in the soft tissues is the most common cause of neck pain and is usually a result of an acute or chronic muscle strain.
Questions for Dr. Venesy for this webchat might include:
- What is the difference between acute and chronic back pain?
- What are the main causes of neck pain?
- At what point should I call my doctor to tell him about my pain?
- What kinds of pain medications are safe for me to take long term?
- Is there anything I can do to prevent future occurrences of back and neck pain?
Dr. Deborah Venesy has been with Cleveland Clinic since 1999. Her specialty interests include evaluation and management of back and neck pain, management of occupational conditions and illnesses, and rehabilitation of neuromuscular disorders.
This Health Chat will open on Thursday, August 23, 2012 to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.