Neck Pain Center
Neck Pain Center
Like back pain, neck pain has many possible causes. Usually, the pain is not a symptom of a serious condition and can be eased without medical attention. It is often the result of something as common as spending too much time hunched over your desk. However, there are instances when the pain can be a symptom of a serious condition.
The neck is remarkable. It has a significant amount of motion and supports the head. The neck is composed of vertebrae, muscles, and ligaments. The neck, or cervical spine, begins in the upper torso and ends at the base of the skull. The neck is much more exposed than the rest of the back. It doesn’t have nearly as much protection. For this reason, it is much more vulnerable to injury.
Causes of Neck Pain?
Most neck pain is a result of soft tissue injuries or prolonged wear and tear. Hyperextension, the backward motion of the neck beyond normal limits, or hyperflexion, the forward motion of the neck beyond normal limits, commonly result from automobile accidents. Other common soft tissue injuries result from contact sports and falls. Additionally, natural aging eventually causes wear and tear on your neck thus causing pain. Other causes of pain in your neck can be serious to extremely serious. Severe injury could cause fracture or dislocation of the neck, damaging the spinal cord and causing paralysis. Tumors, infections or congenital abnormalities of the vertebrae are other uncommon causes.
In order to determine the cause of your pain, your doctor will perform a physical examination. This will help determine flexibility, tenderness and the function of the nerves and muscles in your arms and legs. Additional examinations may include an MRI or CT scan to x-ray your neck.
Treatment of neck pain may include rest and a neck collar for a specified amount of time. Over-the-counter or prescription medications may be recommended to help ease the pain. Neck support pillows can be extremely helpful and provide comfort.