Neck pain is a very common complaint that may come from muscle spasms, soft tissue sprain, disc herniation, poor posture and more. This is the most flexible region of the spine, which consists of bones, nerves, muscles, arteries, veins, ligaments and other supporting structures. Due to this intricate configuration, diagnosing the pain may require X-Rays, MRIs, EMGs, and other diagnostic tests. Sudden injuries (i.e. motor vehicle accident or sports) that result in strain, herniated discs, and pressure on the spine require immediate medical attention. Less serious injuries such as poor posture, stress, excessive exercise and natural aging may also cause neck pain.
Signs & Symptoms of Neck Pain
- Muscle tightness and/or spasm.
- Decreased ability to move your head.
- Pain radiating from the back of your shoulder blades or down arms.
- Numbness, tingling, and/or burning in your arms.
- Weakness in your arms or unintentionally dropping items.
- Headaches and/or fever and walking unsteadily.
Causes of Neck Pain
- Cervical Radiculopathy
- Cervical Facet Joint Pain
- Cervical Disc Herniation
- Cervical Spondylosis
- Cervical Spinal Stenosis
- Tension Headache
- Muscle Strain and/or Sprain
- Poor Posture
- Degenerative Changes
- Cervical Spondyloptosis
- Abnormalities in the Bone and/or Joints