Like many neuro/musculoskeletal disorders, neck pain has numerous possible causes or etiologies. Neck discomfort can range from mildly aching to severe, debilitating pain. It may come on suddenly or develop gradually over time. Improper lifting techniques, reading a book in bed with your head at an awkward angle, or sleeping on the wrong pillow can strain muscles and result in neck stiffness that makes it hard to turn your head.
Poor posture at your desk, such as hunching over to work on a laptop, also strains neck muscles. Neck pain sometimes signals problems in the cervical spine and associated nerve compression, often found in conditions such as cervical degenerative disc disease, herniated disc in the neck, and cervical spinal stenosis.
The neck begins at the base of the spine and connects to the thoracic spine via 7 vertebral segments. Numerous nerve roots housed in different locations of the cervical spine interact with various regions of the upper body. For instance, the nerve roots in one segment control the head. Nerve irritation at that point can cause headaches. Muscle strain in the neck also causes pain that sometimes radiates to the back and sides of the head, causing tension headaches. Compression of a nerve root in a different area of the cervical spine may result in pain traveling down the arm to the little finger. Damage in another area could cause shoulder pain and weakness in the upper arm. Only a thorough medical review that includes a physical examination can pinpoint the cause and most effective treatment for your neck pain.
The pain management physicians at Solas Health will complete a thorough examination and detailed review of your symptoms and may order X-rays or other studies to diagnose the cause of your neck pain appropriately. Once they have a diagnosis for you, treatment might include:
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