Neck pain can describe a wide range of problems from soreness in the morning resulting from poor sleep posture to radiating pain and persistent stiffness caused by degenerative disorders of the cervical spine. One thing that most cases of neck pain have in common is that they are highly disruptive to daily life because neck pain can limit how much you’re able to move your head, so you may have difficulty with basic tasks like driving, looking at a computer, or even having a face-to-face conversation. If you’re experiencing neck pain that won’t go away, it may be time to see a pain management specialist at Next Generation Orthopedic and Spine Institute. Here, you will find a tailored approach to diagnosing and managing neck pain so that you can get back to your routine without discomfort.
Possible Causes Behind Neck Pain
The neck is one of the more vulnerable areas of the spine and as such, it can be affected by a wide range of problems. Possible causes of neck pain include:
- Acute injuries, including whiplash
- Herniated disc
- Muscle strain
- Traumatic injuries
- TMJ disorders
- Posture issues
Identifying the source of neck pain is integral for selecting the appropriate treatment, so your first visit to the doctor may include X-rays, MRI, a physical exam, and a discussion about your work and lifestyle habits.
Symptoms Associated with Neck Pain
Neck pain can be more than just pain. It may also cause headaches, satellite pain in the extremities, numbness in the hands and fingers, difficulty rotating the head up and down or side to side, stiffness in the upper body, and weakness of the arms and fingers. The pain itself may be sharp and severe, dull and persistent, or even like a sudden electric shock.
What Your Doctor Can Do
Dr. Anthony Owusu at Next Generation Orthopedic and Spine Institute will first focus on diagnosing the source of your pain. Often, conservative treatment options will be recommended first, such as physical therapy or prescription medications that include muscle relaxers and pain management drugs. If lifestyle factors are behind your pain, Dr. Owusu may recommend making some changes, such as limiting strenuous physical activity or avoiding carrying a heavy purse or backpack. When pain is persistent and unmanaged by other treatment options, surgery may be recommended for long-term relief.
When to See a Doctor
You should see a doctor for neck pain that does not improve with rest and over-the-counter pain medication, or when the pain is particularly severe and unlike anything you’ve felt before.
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