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Neck Pain

Find Neck Pain Relief and Restore Your Active Lifestyle

Neck PainExperiencing chronic neck pain is more than just an annoyance—it could signify underlying health issues or unnoticed trauma. Unaddressed neck pain can lead to complications that affect your overall health and well-being. Pro Spine & Pain neck pain treatment center offers expert diagnosis and treatment for neck and back pain using cutting-edge tools and techniques. Reach out to our compassionate doctors who know how to treat neck pain. They will consider your personal goals and lifestyle in devising an effective neck pain treatment plan tailor-made for you.

Common Causes of Neck Pain

The neck comprises muscles, ligaments, and upper spinal vertebrae which protect the spinal cord. Due to its range of motion, it’s susceptible to strains and injuries. Neck pain can range from intermittent to chronic and may stem from trauma, improper posture, or disease.

However, there are some common triggers, such as:

  • Poor posture: Spending long hours in front of a computer or slouching while using smartphones can strain the neck muscles, leading to discomfort and pain.
  • Muscle strain: Overuse or sudden movements can cause muscle strains in the neck region, resulting in pain.
  • Injury or trauma : Whiplash from car accidents, sports injuries, or falls can cause significant damage to the structures within the neck.
  • Herniated discs: When one or more discs between vertebrae become damaged or displaced, they can press against nerves in the neck area, causing pain.
  • Arthritis: Degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis may affect the cervical spine, leading to chronic pain.
  • Congenital bone defects or bone spurs.
  • Diseases such as meningitis, cancer, or tumors.

In rare cases, if you are unable to relieve pain by traditional methods, it may indicate a serious issue, especially if it spreads down the arms or legs or is accompanied by arm or hand numbness or tingling. In these cases, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Types of Neck Pain

Types of Neck PainBecause of the intricate and fragile nature of the neck, experiencing discomfort in this area can manifest in various ways.

The most frequently reported types include:

  • Muscular: Aching or sore neck muscles from strenuous activity or stress can lead to spasms, causing tightness and stiffness.
  • Headache: Originating at the back of the head or top of the neck, these headaches, also known as cervicogenic headaches, result from muscle tension or spasms.
  • Facet Joint Pain: Arthritis in the vertebral facet joints can cause sharp or dull pain from side-to-side head movements.
  • Nerve-related: A pinched nerve can cause varying levels of pain, extending from the neck to the hands.

Symptoms Associated with Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common complaint that can range from mild discomfort to severe and debilitating, significantly impacting an individual’s quality of life. Recognizing the symptoms associated with neck pain is crucial in determining its underlying cause and seeking appropriate treatment. The following are some common symptoms related to neck pain and when it necessitates medical attention.

Updated on May 10, 2024 by Dr. Thomas Stauss (Pain Management) of Pro Spine & Pain

Thomas Stauss, MD

Thomas Stauss, MD, completed both his undergraduate and medical studies at the esteemed University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Stauss values having access to a wide array of cutting-edge treatment options, ensuring effective relief for his patients' discomfort and a significant enhancement in their quality of life. More specifically, he specializes in utilizing implanted devices to manage chronic pain. Dr. Stauss’s primary objective is to uphold the dignity of each patient while delivering ethical and professional services.

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