Neck and back pain are common symptoms for cervical spine conditions such as foraminal stenosis and cervical degenerative disc disease and lumbar spine problems such as lumbar disc herniation, according to Spine-health. In addition, Spine-health lists that back and neck pain is also a common symptom for meningitis.
Neck and back pain may also be a symptom for tumors, bone and joints abnormalities, trauma, poor posture, and muscle strain, according to WebMD. Age is also a factor that may contribute to back pain; Spine-health states that osteoarthritis or facet joints are a common source of neck pain in adults who are over 60. In younger adults, back pain may be a symptom for lumbar disc herniation, degenerative disc disease and isthmic spondylolisthesis, notes Spine-health. Degenerative spondylolisthesis, which is a common condition in older adults, also include back pain as a symptom, according to Spine-health. Stenosis with myelopathy and cervical osteoarthritis also cause neck pain symptoms.
Seek medical attention if neck or back pain seems to prolong for more than one week, advises Spine-health. However, if the pain is as a source of traumatic injury, seek immediate medical attention. WebMD states that anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen or naproxen are good treatments for neck and back pain. It also recommends acetaminophen for additional pain relief.