The modern perspective that neck and back pain is a variable, intermittent illness rather than a one-time condition should not be considered a threatening event for most people. In the vast majority of cases, recurrences of these painful conditions are not signs of advancing disease, an omen of chronic disability or even a cause for significant worry.
Some researchers draw an analogy between back pain and upper respiratory infections. Many individuals contract colds or respiratory infections several times each year, yet are typically not viewed as a significant threat to their health. Colds don’t require high-tech diagnostic testing, heroic treatment interventions or significant absence from work. These conditions, like most cases of neck/back pain, simply are bumps in the road.
Intrinsic muscles and joints are inseparable; what affects one always affects the other. Therefore, it is important to work both muscle and ligaments and tendons when addressing back pain symptoms.