The neck needs to balance strength and flexibility to consistently sustain the weight of your head while providing the necessary range of motion to see and move properly. This delicate balance makes the cervical spine prone to injuries and painful conditions. Common causes of chronic neck pain include:
1. Muscle Strains
There are over 20 muscles connected in the neck. The neck muscles support the head and facilitate movement in the neck, head, jaw, shoulders, and upper back.
Poor posture, lifting a heavy object, repetitive motions, or a collision or fall can cause muscle fibers in the neck to overexert or overstretch, tearing the muscle.
2. Cervical Spondylosis
Cervical spondylosis is commonly known as arthritis of the neck. Cervical spondylosis is a common condition, affecting up to 85% of adults over the age of 60. Over time, the cartilage between bones begins to deteriorate. In response, the body creates bone spurs to repair the loss of cartilage. However, bone spurs often cause more pain and limit the neck’s range of motion.
3. Nerve Compression
When a nerve root in the neck becomes inflamed or damaged, it can decrease neurological function. The medical term for this condition is cervical radiculopathy, though it’s often referred to as a pinched nerve.
There are eight pairs of cervical nerve roots branching from the spinal cord. When a bone spur or nearby herniated disc puts pressure on these nerve roots, patients can experience numbness, weakness, poor reflexes, and radiating neck pain.
Whiplash and other neck injuries can strain the neck's soft tissues, causing chronic cervical pain. Whiplash occurs when the neck experiences a forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement. While the condition is common after car accidents, it can also occur due to sports injuries, falls, or physical abuse.
Whiplash can cause headaches, neck pain, stiffness, fatigue, dizziness, sleep disturbances, and difficulty concentrating.
Diseases, including spinal stenosis, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and meningitis, can cause neck pain. When undiagnosed, they can cause long-term, severe medical concerns.
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Oftentimes, neck pain comes on suddenly and heals on its own within a few days. This type of neck pain is no cause for concern. However, sometimes, neck pain becomes chronic or is accompanied by symptoms requiring medical care. These symptoms include:
- Severe headaches
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shooting arm pain
- Tingling or numbness in the arms or legs
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Loss of balance
- Weakness or poor grip in the hands
Additionally, neck pain after an injury or in patients previously diagnosed with cancer requires an examination by a qualified physician.
Cervical Pain Help Is Available Through Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida
The skilled team of spinal orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida have the knowledge, expertise, and state-of-the-art technology to accurately diagnose and treat the cause of your cervical pain.
Your board-certified physician will meet with you at your appointment to discuss your symptoms, any related injuries or conditions, and your current strategies for managing pain.
Next, we’ll determine the necessary tests to diagnose and treat your neck pain. We offer in-house advanced diagnostic imaging to promptly and conveniently understand your condition. These services include:
- Digital MRIs
- Digital X-rays
- EMG and nerve conduction studies
These imaging tests allow our physicians to see nerve function, bone spurs, soft tissue injuries, herniated discs, and more so that we can monitor your condition and recommend treatments based on personalized information.
Chronic Neck Pain Treatment Options
The expert orthopedic team at Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida prioritizes conservative and non-invasive procedures to heal or manage your cervical pain. In addition, we always customize our treatment modalities to your condition and individual needs.
Our new, advanced medical facility provides our patients with everything they need to diagnose, treat, and manage their condition, including advanced imaging services, physical therapy, and a state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facility.
Visit the Orthopedic Specialists of Southwest Florida for Spinal Stenosis
If you think you may be struggling with neck pain/cervical spine pain, visit the Orthopedic Specialists of Southwest Florida. We are dedicated to giving you the comprehensive musculoskeletal care you need to help you get back to feeling like your best self. Contact us by calling (239) 334-7000 or online by filling out this short contact form.