What a Pain in the Neck
- Posted on: Jun 30 2017
Neck pain is extremely common but isn’t normal. It can range from mild soreness to severe pain. It can be a result of a single strain, or it can be chronic. Chronic neck pain can be associated with weakness in the arms or numbness and tingling. This is a sign of more serious issues.
Whatever the degree or source of your neck pain, we can help to relieve it at the DFW Center for Spinal Disorders.
What’s behind my neck pain?
Neck pain is usually temporary and will pass. Chronic, enduring neck pain usually merits attention from the DFW team.
Here are some causes of neck pain.
- Injury— The neck is vulnerable because it isn’t protected like the remainder of the spine. High-velocity injuries such as car crashes can fracture the bones in the neck. Patients with osteoporosis are susceptible to various neck vertebrae injuries, even from the simplest fall.
- Posture— Patients who allow their head to slump forward create pressure on the discs of the cervical spine (the seven vertebrae that make up the neck). This can lead to disc wear and chronic neck pain.
- Job— Jobs that involve heavy lifting, or lifting with twisting have higher incidences of neck injury and pain.
- Smoking— Cigarette smoking speeds the degeneration of the intervertebral discs, which leads to neck pain.
What is the range of symptoms for neck pain?
Neck pain will feel like any of the following descriptions:
- Stiff neck that makes turning the head difficult
- Sharp or stabbing pain in one spot
- Soreness or tenderness in a general area
- Pain that radiates down into the shoulders, arms, or fingers; or radiates up into the head
These types of pain are more serious:
- Tingling, numbness, or weakness that radiates into the shoulders, arms, or fingers
- Trouble gripping or lifting objects
- Problems with walking, balance, or coordination
- Loss of bladder control or bowel control
At the DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, the range of treatment options is wide. It can involve just a few days of mild activities to postural training, from anti-inflammatory medications to neck braces. Patients with significant neck pain that involves pressure on the nerves exiting the cervical spine could even require surgery to relieve the nerve impingement and remove numbness and tingling in the extremities.
If you have serious neck pain, we need to see you at the DFW Center for Spinal Disorders. We can make you feel better. Call us, 817-916-4685, for an appointment.
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