About Neck Pain
Neck pain, also known as cervicalgia, is extremely common. In fact, approximately two-thirds of the population has suffered neck discomfort at least once in their lifetime. Chronic or intermittent cervicalgia is typically caused by spasms or tightness in the neck muscles. However, it can also be caused by problems in the vertebral joints themselves due to aging, injury, or disease.
Whether chronic or temporary, there are a number of different causes for neck discomfort. The most common culprit is poor posture. Plenty have experienced an achy feeling in the neck as a result of falling sleeping in an unusual position or spending too much time hunched over a computer. Teeth grinding, as well as worry and stress can also put strain on already overused muscles and ligaments. Initially, poor posture may cause temporary discomfort in the shoulders and neck, and even minor headaches. However, over a long period of time, poor posture can lead to excessive wear and tear on the vertebrae causing compression of nerves, and possible herniation of the discs (the soft gel-like cushion between the vertebrae).
Neck pain can also be caused by injuries such as whiplash, which occurs when the head is quickly pulled backwards and then forwards again, as in a rear-end collision. In such cases, the neck muscles and ligaments become over-stretched resulting in inflammation and discomfort.
Diseases such as Degenerative Disc Disease can also cause neck pain. It is a form of osteoarthritis that causes the soft gel-like discs between the vertebrae to deteriorate. This can eventually lead to compression of the vertebral joints and possibly herniation of the discs, which can put pressure on the surrounding nerves.
Neck pain can vary widely among patients. Typically, there will be some kind of discomfort and/or muscle stiffness in the neck or shoulder area. Pain symptoms may also be accompanied by headaches, dizziness, fatigue and occasionally blurred vision.
Neck Pain Treatment
Advanced Pain Care offers a wide range of options for the treatment of neck pain. One of our doctors can discuss treatment options following consultation. If you are suffering from neck pain and live in Austin, Waco, Round Rock or Cedar Park request an appointment with us today. We look forward to speaking with you!