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Frequently Asked Questions About Neck Pain

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What is neck pain?

Neck pain is a common condition that many people will experience at some point in their life. Neck pain is general pain in the neck area typically accompanied with stiffness and tightness in the neck muscles. If the discs in the cervical spine have been compromised, pain may radiate down to the shoulders or arms.

What are the different types of neck pain?

Neck pain can range from mild discomfort to very severe pain. Acute neck pain is sudden and intense. Chronic neck pain has lasted more than three months. Neck pain is normally the result of trauma or injury.

What are common causes of neck pain?

The structures of the spine can be damaged or inflamed due to a variety of causes. Occupational stress and age-related wear & tear are the most common conditions. Neck pain can be caused by several things, with some of the most common causes including:

  • soft-tissue injury
  • poor posture
  • accidents
  • disc herniation
  • infection
  • pinched nerve
  • age-related wear and tear
  • sports injuries
  • work-related injuries
  • falls
  • trauma
  • whiplash

 

What are some helpful tips to prevent neck pain?

The most important tip is avoiding the physical activities that cause strain on your neck. It can help to do frequent stretching, and by staying hydrated by drinking about 8 glasses of water a day.

What are the symptoms associated with neck pain?

Symptoms will depend on the severity and cause of the pain. A patient might experience muscle stiffness, burning, loss of sensation, dull pain, and a restricted range of motion. Other problems can develop due to sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression, and irritability.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

During your visit to Ann Arbor Spine Care, the spine surgeon may order an X-ray or MRI to get a better view of your spine. An examination of your full medical history allows the spine surgeon to form a diagnosis.

When should you go to the doctor for neck pain?

If the neck pain persists for longer than a three days, that might be time to call for an appointment, since it can take several days to get into a spine center. Emergency symptoms include radiating pain into an arm or hand, or numbness or weakness in an arm or hand. Those symptoms need to be seen within a week, otherwise this kind of neurological deficit can cause the symptom become permanent.

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