First, it’s important to understand that neck/back pain is a symptom of a medical condition, not a diagnosis itself. Our providers will use a variety of techniques (including tests, imaging, and diagnostic procedures) to determine the particular medical problem causing your pain. Some of the most common causes of neck and back pain include mechanical problems (due to the way your spine moves or the way you feel when you move your spine certain ways), injuries (such as sprains or fractures) and acquired conditions (such as scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, arthritis, and spinal stenosis). In addition to knowing and understanding the physical cause of your pain, it is important to know how other factors (such as stress, untreated depression or anxiety, and insomnia) contribute to the severity and duration of your pain. To effectively treat chronic pain, you must address all aspects of your overall health and wellness.