There are many conditions which cause back pain or neck pain, but the majority of patients will recover within a few weeks. When pain lasts more than a few months, it is considered "chronic" and there are certain treatments and diagnostic procedures that begin only once the pain has become chronic. Watch chronic pain videos to help understand this type of back and neck pain.

Most pain is a signal to the brain that there is damage or an injury to the tissues or structures of the body, and is known as nociceptive pain. Neuropathic pain is caused by an issue with the nerves themselves.

A treatment plan for neuropathic pain involves addressing the cause of the nerve pain – and removing any ongoing injury or impingement on the nerve.