Understanding The Cause Of Neck Pain

One of the most common reasons patients come into Suburban Orthopaedics is because of complaints of acute or chronic neck pain. Acute pain means the symptoms are quick to develop and the pain is sudden and moderate to severe in intensity.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, develops over time and continues over time. This type of pain is often debilitating for those experiencing the condition. However, many people don’t seek treatment from our specialists because they assume it is always going to be there.

We tell all our patients most type of chronic or acute pain can be treated. This is true for any type of pain, but particularly for neck pain as this can impact all areas of your life. Neck problems are associated with the inability to sleep, move or enjoy the quality life you deserve.

The most common types of neck pain our doctors see include the following conditions. The only way to determine the cause of the pain is to come in for a complete examination and an accurate diagnosis.

Neck Strain

There are muscles running along the spine through the neck and shoulders. With sudden movements, sleeping incorrectly, spending long periods of time in the same position or even when there is some type of trauma to the neck, muscle strain is possible.

Typically a strain in the muscles of the neck is noticed almost immediately and may be worse in the morning or after being inactive. You may experience muscle spasms, stiffness, and extreme pain when turning your head or moving your neck forwards or backwards.

Cervical Herniated Disc

Many of our patients have been dealing with a cervical herniated disc for a long period of time without realizing it. The most common symptom of this condition is a pain which seems to radiate down the arm, sometimes all the way to the fingers. There may be muscle weakness, numbness, or tingling in some cases, but not in all. Different fingers being impacted by the sensations can assist in pinpointing the specific cervical disc which is herniated.

This is most common for people in their mid-thirties to their late fifties. This condition can often be treated very effectively without the need for surgery.

Cervical Foraminal Stenosis

A narrowing of the space in the spine creating pressure on the nerves is called cervical foraminal stenosis. This is often slow to develop and may take years to be problematic. The pain will typically come and go and may be related to particular activities and positions of the neck, arms or body.

Treatment for cervical foraminal stenosis is usually surgical in nature, although changing activities can eliminate the pain or the need for the procedure.

Talking to our doctors about your neck pain is the first step in finding the right treatment. The earlier a diagnosis is made the faster you can get back to enjoying a pain-free life.

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