Top Five Reasons for Neck Pain

Neck pain, while fairly common, can range anywhere from a constant, dull ache to a sharp, and debilitating pain that can make movement challenging. Your neck is flexible and constantly works to support the weight of your head, this can make it vulnerable to injuries and conditions that cause pain and restrict motion. Below is a list of the top five reasons for neck pain. Remember that only your pain management physician can properly diagnose the cause for your neck pain.

1. Muscle Strains: Overuse of the neck muscles, such as poor posture at the office or hunching over your smartphone or computer at home, can often trigger muscle strains. Muscles in your neck are even prone to strains from simple activities such as reading in bed or being stationary for extended periods of time with little to no stretching or movement. All of these posture problems can lead to a sore neck or even debilitating neck pain. Try to change your position often especially while incorporating stretches and motion into your daily routine to reduce the strain on your neck.neck-pain

2. Worn Joints: Another common reason for neck pain or stiffness can be attributed to worn joints in the cervical spine. Similar to other joints in your body, neck joints are prone to wear and tear with age. Osteoarthritis can be that cause for the cartilage in your vertebrae, which normally act to cushion your bones, to deteriorate. Another issue with worn joints is the formation of bone spurs thereafter which can affect the joint motion and lead to pain in this area.

3. Nerve Compression: Herniated discs or bone spurs, as previously mentioned, can be the culprit of your neck pain. There can cause additional pressure on the nerves branching out from your spinal cord in your cervical spine causing much pain in the area. This type of pain can additionally radiate down to your shoulders or arms causing even more pain and difficulty with motion.

4. Injuries: Often the origin of your pain can be attributed to injury or sudden impact. Rear-end auto collisions, accidents in the workplace, or simple falls can result in injury to the discs of the cervical spine or the nerves in the surrounding area. Whiplash injury, which occurs when the head is jerked suddenly backwards or forwards, can also lead to pain in the neck. All of these injuries can result in the straining of the soft tissue of the neck and even back.

5. Diseases: There are certain diseases that can also lead to neck pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis, or cancer. Blood tests can sometimes provide evidence of inflammatory or infectious conditions that might be causing or contributing to your neck pain.

Diagnostic testing can be used to help confirm the origin of neck pain. These include X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electromyograms, and nerve conduction studies.

Schedule an appointment in one of our premier neck and back pain facilities on Long Island and Queens to consult with one of our physicians regarding steps to relieve your pain today.

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