Neck Pain Conditions & Treatment

Diseases, a one-time injury or small injuries that happen on a regular basis can cause your neck to hurt. If you need assistance of a medical nature due to neck pain, consult with a Board Certified Pain Doctor at Pain Treatment Specialists.

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Neck Pain Overview

Neck pain can be terrible because it affects neck movements. Sometimes the pain is due to a stiff neck caused by a bad pillow or a wrong sleeping posture. This sort of pain is so severe that the victim cannot turn their neck. Luckily, it can disappear in a few days without treatment. When neck pain is due to a medical condition, however, it affects one or more components of the cervical spine. The cervical spine consists of 7 vertebrae, muscles, nerves, joints and discs.

Regardless of where the pain originates from, you can trust the spine specialists at the VIP Centers. They can locate the exact area of your cervical spine that is hurting and come up with a customized, non-surgical treatment plan that will be helpful. They are trained orthopedics and pain management doctors who use various techniques to reduce or end neck pain. To get in touch with them, feel free to make your first call.

symptoms

How to tell you have neck pain?

The neck (cervical spine) supports your head and attaches it to the body. It is an intricate body part that can hurt for different reasons. Neck pain tends to affect other areas of the body too, explaining why it must be addressed as soon as possible. It is usually accompanied by certain symptoms, including the following:

  • Burning
  • Stiffness
  • Tightness
  • Shooting pain
  • Pressure
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Swelling
  • Pain that travels to other body parts including the shoulder, arm and hand
  • Stabbing ache.
As the cervical spine pain is triggered by different causes, people can also experience symptoms like backache, shoulder pain, headache, hand or arm pain and facial pain. Sore or tense neck, facial or shoulder muscles are rather common too. They can also produce painful spasms if they contract excessively, limiting your neck movements. This can easily occur when an individual suffers from a whiplash injury and in such a state, turning their head can be impossible.

Sometimes spinal nerves get pinched and can trigger pain, tingling, weakness and numbness in hands, arms and shoulders. And if the nerve is so pinched or compressed, the same symptoms can as well be felt in legs. In severe situations, patients can lose their bladder or bowel control, develop coordination problems and become extremely weak. If you feel neck pain plus these kinds of symptoms, you are an emergency case. Call a pain management doctor immediately and go direct to a good clinic.

Your doctor will find out whether the loss of bladder or bowel control as well as loss of coordination is as a result of neck pain or another health problem. He or she must first try to identify and distinguish the kind, severity, frequency and location of your neck pain. After this, they will come up with a cervical spine treatment program that can be fruitful.

Causes of Neck Pain

Several things can lead to cervical spine ache. Diseases, a one-time injury or small injuries that happen on a regular basis can cause your neck to hurt. Sprains and strains tend to be the most prevalent causes of neck discomfort.

Acute neck pain

This is the type of pain that tends to end in a few days or weeks. Usually, it happens due to whiplash auto accidents. A whiplash accident is the one that happens when the cervical spine and head are forced to move backward and then forward in a sudden manner. Whiplash accidents expose the neck components to extremely quick, unnatural movements and a lot of stress. Due to these forceful movements, neck muscles and ligaments become injured. They then react by contracting and tightening, resulting to muscle fatigue, pain and stiffness.

Another cause of acute neck pain is trauma during sports. If a sports person encounters a bad injury while playing, his or her neck muscles or ligaments can develop an injury. This can be a muscle strain or a ligament sprain and both can be extremely painful. Even if you don’t encounter a single serious sports accident, you will be subjected to small injuries on a regular basis. These injuries can gradually lead to wear and tear on your neck muscles and ligaments. The result is pain and discomfort. Neck pain due to sporting activities tends to worsen when activity is increased.

Additionally, all activities that entail prolonged or repeated neck movements can cause a muscle injury or strain, ligament injury or sprain and muscle spasm. Pain management specialists manage muscle strains and ligament sprains with anti-inflammatory drugs and doses of rest.

Another major cause of acute neck pain is a wrong sleeping posture. Not only do wrong sleeping postures affect your cervical spine, but also your entire body. It triggers immediate pain and can lead to long-term damage to the neck or back components.

If your head rests in a position that stresses your neck muscles too much, pain can be felt right after waking up. If you don’t sleep on your side or back, chances are that you have had a stiff neck after waking up in the morning. It mostly affects people who sleep in their stomachs, as this sleeping position causes the neck to fall into an uncomfortable posture. A bad pillow can also trigger neck pain; so, select a pill that is not too high or too low to avoid neck and back pain.

Finally, a bad posture caused by prolonged sitting with your head and shoulders bent forward in front of your computer machine  can lead to neck pain. When you project your head forward to read what is on your computer screen, you put considerable strain on your neck muscles. This can lead to chronic headaches and neck pain.

Chronic Neck Pain

This is often triggered by the degenerative disc disease that causes your spinal discs to wear down. Several months can pass while the pain continues to pester you. This type of chronic pain can only be relieved by a proper pain relief program. If spinal disorders and diseases are not addressed on time, they can make the spine change its natural alignment and compress an adjacent nerve root. This can hurt a lot. Here are diseases and conditions that can cause chronic neck pain.
Pinched nerve
Also known as cervical radiculopathy, the pinched nerve condition entails a compressed spinal neck nerve. It is the surrounding soft tissues or bone that causes all the pressure that compresses or pinches a nerve. Note that a nerve root leaves your spinal cord to other areas of the body. Hence, once it becomes pinched or irritated, pain can attack your neck, shoulders, arms and hand. This ache can be accompanied by muscle numbness and weakness.
A strain in a neck muscle
Neck muscles overuse can result to a painful neck injury. Overuse can arise from a poor neck posture when doing certain activities, especially those office jobs that require people to work with computers. Also, a muscle strain can be caused by a poor sleeping posture and can be accompanied by chronic pain and stiffness. This pain can worsen during neck movements and result to headaches, restricted neck turns and muscle spasms.
Degenerative disc disease
This disease affects the aging population and targets their intervertebral discs. If one or more intervertebral discs in your cervical spine begins to deteriorate because of wear and tear, the degenerative disc disease will start. Remember that these discs are used to pad each cervical vertebra and protect it from shock. Also called intervertebral fibrocartilage, intervertebral discs are the cushioning between your spine’s vertebrae.

These spinal discs consist of a flexible or elastic structure that is made of a fibrocartilage tissue. So when the discs lose their ability to protect your neck from movements, they weaken over time and lose their level of flexibility, elasticity and the ability to absorb shock. As a result, they become thinner, extremely stiff and rigid. Due to this disc state, your neck cannot move in a fluid manner. A degenerative disc disease can change one or more discs in your cervical spine in terms of shape and strength.

Eventually, a bulging disc or a herniated disc results, and this is when some of its material press on a nerve root. This causes terrible pain, numbness and tingling. These symptoms can travel down your arm.

Osteoarthritis or cervical spondylosis
This is a leading cause of chronic neck pain. It happens when the cartilage and pads of the vertebrae begin to deteriorate, and when the compressed joints in the middle of the vertebrae generate irritation and swelling. Daily overuse over several years may result to osteoarthritis. The condition also makes your spinal discs thinner and the spaces in the middle of the vertebrae narrower.
Cervical spinal stenosis
This is described as abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal triggered by a bone spur or a herniated disc. The two can also compress a nerve root, causing pain. The narrowing of the nerve pathways in your upper spine and the compression of the spinal cord and nerve roots is a process that takes place gradually. If nerves are under pressure, symptoms such as pain in arms, hands or legs, tingling and numbness can occur. A bone spur protrusion can constrict your spinal column too, due to normal wear and tear that occurs due to the aging process.
Herniated disc
If a spinal disc is compressed to a point of breaking, opening and spilling its inner disc fluid into the spinal canal, that’s a herniated disc. Chronic pain may occur and travel down your arm and affect your jaw and/or head. There are variations when it comes to disc herniation, such that some can cause occasional facial numbness and others increased pressure on a nerve root. Herniated discs are a major cause of chronic neck pain and pain in other body organs.

Treatment

Several methods of treating an aching neck exist. It is upon you to look for the top specialists in your area and have them examine your neck. If you wish to do this easily, consider talking to the VIP Centers’ specialists.

Cervical epidural steroid injection

As the name suggests, this is an injection that is given to the epidural space of your spine and it involves a steroid drug like cortisone. The specific spinal space consisting of irritated nerves is the epidural space. This injection is given to minimize pain and inflammation in your neck, arms and shoulders. People who receive these shots normally have arthritis, spinal stenosis and/herniated discs that exert pressure on their nerves, causing pain, swelling, inflammation and discomfort. When a cervical epidural steroid injection is provided, these symptoms can disappear.

Cervical facet block (medial branch block) injection

This is a good spinal treatment for neck pain as it is less invasive and quick. It is normally picked for sufferers of arthritis. The doctor targets certain facet joints in your cervical spine and injects them with a tiny amount of local anesthetic drug and steroid medicine. A pain management expert must use a fluoroscopic guide for proper imaging and after the shot, the facet joint is numbed and the pain is blocked. About one or two cervical facet block injections are enough in most cases.

Trigger point injections

Trigger points are alternatively called sensitive areas. They are usually found deep inside a connective tissue or muscle and ache when touched or overused. They appear in the form of knots or bands that occur when muscles are too contracted and can’t relax. There are trigger points in your shoulders and head too that can cause a lot of pain. To stop them from aching, these trigger points are deactivated with trigger point injections.

They entail a procedure where a tiny needle is inserted into a trigger point so as to deposit a local anesthetic drug and corticosteroid drug. Trigger point injections don’t have side effects or risks. They simply make the area inactive and pain free. A short treatment course will provide longer term pain relief. As the procedure is done in an outpatient basis, it takes a short period even when several areas must be treated.

How can a doctor diagnose neck pain?

Pain Treatment Center

If you need assistance of a medical nature due to neck pain, consult with a Board Certified Pain Doctor. An expert physician will examine your neck and carefully identify the root cause of pain. Here at Pain Treatment Specialists, we will create a customize treatment plan with zero down-time, and guide you towards full recovery. Whether the cause of pain is within a muscle ligament, joint or nerve, at Pain Treatment Specialists we have Ivy League trained physicians available at all times to properly identify your pain and treat it in the safest way possible.

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How can a doctor diagnose neck pain?

Pain Treatment Center

If you need assistance of a medical nature due to neck pain, consult with a Board Certified Pain Doctor. An expert physician will examine your neck and carefully identify the root cause of pain. Here at Pain Treatment Specialists, we will create a customize treatment plan with zero down-time, and guide you towards full recovery. Whether the cause of pain is within a muscle ligament, joint or nerve, at Pain Treatment Specialists we have Ivy League trained physicians available at all times to properly identify your pain and treat it in the safest way possible.

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