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Neck Pain

At Empire Spine and Pain, we understand how debilitating neck pain can be. It can make it hard to concentrate at work, enjoy time with your family or even get a good night’s sleep. That’s why we offer the latest in neck pain relief treatments to help you get your life back.

Neck Pain Overview

Neck pain is one of the most common ailments experienced by people of all ages. It can range from mild discomfort to sharp and persistent pain, and a variety of underlying conditions can cause it. If you’re experiencing neck pain, it’s essential to understand what might be causing it so that you can get the proper treatment. Let’s take a closer look at neck pain and the causes behind it.

Common Causes of Neck Pain

Neck pain may have several causes, including poor posture, injury, or medical conditions such as arthritis.

 

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Certain lifestyle habits can also contribute to neck pain, for example:

  • Carrying a heavy bag on one side of the body for an extended period can cause a person’s muscles and spine to become unbalanced, leading to neck pain.
  • Frequently looking down at devices such as smartphones and tablets can cause tension in the neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Poor ergonomics when using a computer or sitting in an office chair for long periods without breaks can also lead to neck pain.
  • Additionally, conditions like whiplash or strains from overuse during physical activity can result in acute or chronic neck pain.

Neck pain can be caused by a wide range of conditions and issues, such as muscle strain, osteoarthritis, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, poor posture or injury.

The most common cause of neck pain is poor posture—sitting or standing in an unnatural position for long periods of time can lead to tight muscles, knots, and spasms in the neck area.

Other common causes include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Whiplash
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Pinched nerves

In some cases, neck pain may be caused by a serious medical condition such as meningitis or a tumor.

Neck Pain Symptoms

Symptoms associated with neck pain can include:

  • Burning
  • Stiffness
  • Tightness
  • Shooting pain
  • Pressure
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Swelling
  • Pain that travels to other body parts, including the shoulder, arm, and hand
  • Stabbing ache
 

Neck pain can accompany various symptoms, depending on the underlying cause. Commonly reported neck pain symptoms to include:

  • Stiffness or soreness in the neck area
  • Dull, aching neck pain that may or may not radiate to other areas of the body
  • Headaches that start at the base of the skull and spread up into the head
  • Pain when moving your neck, such as when turning your head from side to side
  • Muscle spasms or tightness in the shoulders, arms, or upper back
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms, hands, or fingers
  • Difficulty concentrating due to frequent headaches and muscle tension. Additionally, if there

Causes of Neck Pain

Neck pain may have several causes, including poor posture, injury, or medical conditions such as arthritis.

Certain lifestyle habits can also contribute to neck pain. For example, carrying a heavy bag on one side of the body for an extended period can cause a person’s muscles and spine to become unbalanced, leading to neck pain. Similarly, frequently looking down at devices such as smartphones and tablets can cause tension in the neck and shoulder muscles.

Poor ergonomics when using a computer or sitting in an office chair for long periods without breaks can also lead to neck pain. Additionally, conditions like whiplash or strains from overuse during physical activity can result in acute or chronic neck pain.

Diagnosing Neck Pain

If you’re experiencing chronic or severe neck pain, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your doctor will ask about your medical history and perform a physical exam to assess your symptoms and diagnose the problem. They may also order additional tests such as X-rays or MRIs to look for any underlying issues that could be causing your neck pain.

Treating Neck Pain

The treatment for your neck pain will depend on the underlying cause. Treatment options include physical

  • Therapy exercises designed to strengthen weak muscles
  • Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation
  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care
  • Surgical procedures if necessary

At the end of the day, understanding why you are experiencing neck pain is essential to get the proper treatment. Whether it’s due to poor posture or something more serious like a tumor or nerve entrapment – diagnosing the cause is key in getting relief from your symptoms. If you’re suffering from chronic or severe neck pain don’t hesitate to contact our team and schedule an appointment.

Chronic neck pain is defined as pain that lasts for three months or more. Various conditions, including arthritis, degenerative disc disease, poor posture, and muscle strain, can cause it. Treatment options vary depending on the underlying cause but may include physical therapy, medications, lifestyle changes such as exercise and stress management, injections or surgery.  Taking an active role in managing your condition with the help of your healthcare team can lead to better outcomes and improved quality of life. It’s essential to get an accurate diagnosis to determine the source of your chronic neck pain and develop an effective treatment plan. Your healthcare provider will likely ask questions about your medical history and perform a physical exam to identify any possible sources of pain.

Chronic Neck Pain FAQ

Pinched Nivea (pinched nerve) is a common condition that occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This pressure disrupts the nerve’s function, resulting in symptoms like pain, numbness, and tingling. Pinched nerves can occur anywhere in the body but are most commonly found in the neck and lower back. Treatment typically depends on the cause of the condition and may involve physical therapy, medication, or surgery. The best way to prevent a pinched nerve is to practice good posture habits and perform regular stretching exercises, which help keep your muscles and joints flexible. If you experience any signs or symptoms of a pinched nerve it’s essential to visit your doctor to

Degenerative Disc Disease can cause back and neck pain. It occurs when the discs between your vertebrae wear down due to age or injury, creating instability in your spine. Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease can include stiffness, soreness, muscle spasms, radiating pain throughout the body, difficulty sitting or standing for long periods, and even numbness or tingle in the extremities. Treatment options vary depending on severity but may include physical therapy, oral medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroid injections, epidural steroid injections, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy, chiropractic care, and/or more invasive treatments like surgery.

The most common cause of strain in the neck muscle is overuse. Repetitive movements, such as those used for work or sports, can lead to excessive stress on the neck muscles and tendons. Poor posture can also add unnecessary strain on your neck muscles. Injuries such as whiplash and falls can also cause strain in the neck muscles. Symptoms of a neck muscle strain may include pain, stiffness, tenderness, restricted movement, and weakness in the affected area. Treatment typically includes rest, ice or heat therapy, gentle stretches and exercises, and medications to reduce inflammation or relieve pain. Physical therapy may be recommended for more severe cases to help strengthen and stretch tight or weak neck muscles. If symptoms persist despite treatment.

Osteoarthritis or Cervical Spondylosis can also cause neck pain. Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the cervical spine, which can lead to inflammation, stiffness, and pain. Cervical spondylosis is a degenerative condition that occurs when the cushioning discs between the vertebrae become thin and break down. This often results in nerve compression, resulting in neck and shoulder pain. Other causes of neck pain include muscle strain, poor posture, whiplash injury from an auto accident or sports injury, herniated disc due to wear-and-tear as we age, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis (narrowing of space around the spinal cord) if you suffer from chronic neck pain.

Cervical Spinal Stenosis is a condition that most commonly affects people in their 50s or older. It is caused when the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on the spinal cord, resulting in pain and/or numbness in the neck, shoulders, arms, and legs. Symptoms of Cervical Spinal Stenosis may include neck pain that radiates down your arm(s), weakness or tingling sensation in your extremities, trouble walking (unsteadiness or loss of balance) difficulty carrying out normal activities due to pain or stiffness. Treatment options for Cervical Spinal Stenosis depend on the severity of the symptoms and how they affect daily life. Non-invasive treatment methods such as physical therapy and medication management.