Any part of your neck – muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or nerves – can cause neck problems. Neck pain is very common. Pain may also come from your shoulder, jaw, head, or upper arms.

Muscle strain or tension often causes neck pain. The problem is usually overuse, such as from sitting at a computer for too long. Sometimes you can strain your neck muscles from sleeping in an awkward position or overdoing it during exercise. Falls or accidents, including car accidents, are another common cause of neck pain. Whiplash, a soft tissue injury to the neck, is also called neck sprain or strain.

Neck pain derives from three distinct pains:

  • Acute
  • Chronic
  • Radicular

Symptoms of neck pains:

  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Sciatica pain.
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Acute Pain

Acute Pain occurs as a result of trauma and high tension. This type of neck pain can be caused by impact, contact sports injury, sleeping awkwardly, heavy lifting, and other injuries. Tension can also cause pain due to pressure on the nerves and blood vessels. There are other causes of neck pains coming from a bulging disc, slipped or herniated disc in the neck.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain in the neck can be dull or sharp and is either intermittent or constant, which lasts longer than 6 months. The conditions could be:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis

Patients with chronic pains may have headaches, pain, and loss of mobility stiffness; have concentration issues, mood swings and change in energy levels.

Many times chronic pain is due to neck pain having been improperly treated initially. We recommend that patients seek medical treatment for neck pain, weakness or numbness that lasts for more than a week or as early as possible.

Radicular Pain

Radicular neck pain occurs when damage or irritation of the nerve roots exit the cervical spine. The pain can be debilitating and immobilizing. It can affect concentration, energy levels, and mood.

This type of neck pain can also come from an old injury, a degenerative spine problem, or a muscular condition.

It derives from damaged, compressed, or inflamed nerve roots that are transmitted through the body.

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