The Many Causes of Neck Pain
Despite being so common, neck pain is surprisingly complex. Neck pain may originate from the neck muscles, ligaments, or nerves, of the spine. Since these structures are interconnected, the source of the pain can also be referred from the shoulder, jaw, head, or arms. In other words, simple neck pain may not be so simple.
Neck pain is commonly caused by strained muscles or overexertion that can come from even the most mundane of activities. Improper posture while at the computer or behind the steering wheel may be to blame. Arthritis in the cervical spine may cause inflammation and pain. Neck pain can also be caused by a pinched nerve from herniated discs in the upper spine. Injuries such as whiplash, rheumatoid arthritis, or other more serious conditions like spinal infection, meningitis, or cancer may affect the intervertebral discs. If the nerves in the neck are compressed, perhaps by a dislodged or herniated disc, it may cause painful pressure or neurological problems.
When to Seek Help for Neck Pain
Some causes of neck discomfort are so common that they may be considered a normal part of life. On the other hand, certain symptoms may indicate a more serious cause of neck pain. You should seek the care of a medical professional if you experience shooting pain through your shoulder or arm, you notice numbness in your arms or legs, or if you have lost full range of motion in your neck.
Neck Pain Diagnosis and Treatment
Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics has helped countless patients in New Jersey and around the region to successfully manage and resolve their neck pain. The first step is to accurately unravel a potentially complex problem through careful clinical investigation. This will include a medical history, physical and neurological examination, and possibly imaging studies, such as MRI. Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics offers various treatment methods to fit the patient’s specific condition and treatment goals. Neck pain treatment may include medication, posture improvement training, and various forms of therapy such as physical, massage, temperature, and aquatic, among others. If conservative measure fail and/or if surgery is required, Dr. Rovner provides state-of-the-art surgical treatments for neck pain. Surgery for neck pain may require anterior cervical discectomy and fusion or cervical disc replacement. These procedures remove the impingements on the spine and nerves, restore function, and relieve neck pain.