Why Your Neck Hurts

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 you deal with the pain and get you on the path to feeling better at Summit Healthcare Pain Clinic.

What’s behind my neck pain?

The good thing about most neck pain is that it is usually temporary and will pass. Chronic pain needs to be addressed with pain management.

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

Treatment

Dr. Trujillo employs a variety of different options for treating with neck pain. Rest and anti-inflammatory medication can often be all that’s needed. Physical therapy can help in patients who have areas of muscle weakness that are contributing to their neck pain. For more serious pain, Dr. Trujillo may use steroid injections or even a pain pump.

Do you suffer from enduring neck pain? Call Dr. Trujillo at (928) 532-1605 and let’s check it out.

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