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causes neck pain?
and inflammatory diseases - Degenerative diseases that cause neck pain
osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis usually
occurs in older people as a result
of wear of the joints between the
bones in the neck. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause
destruction of the
joints of the neck. Both of these major types of arthritis can cause
Cervical disk degeneration also can cause neck pain. The disk acts as a
between the bones in the neck. In cervical disk
degeneration (typically age 40 onwards),
the normal gelatin-like center
of the disk degenerates and the space between the vertebrae
the disk space narrows, added stress is applied to the joints of the
Injury - Because the neck is so flexible and because it supports the head, it is extremely vulnerable to injury. Motor vehicle or diving accidents, contact sports, and falls may result in neck injury. The regular use of seat belts can help to prevent or minimize injury. A "rear end" automobile collision may result in hyperextension, a backward motion of the neck beyond normal limits, or hyperflexion, a forward motion of the neck beyond normal limits. Most common injuries are to the soft tissues, i.e., muscles and ligaments. Severe injury with fracture or dislocation of the neck may damage the spinal cord and cause paralysis (quadriplegia).
common causes of neck pain include tumors, infections, or congenital
abnormalities of the vertebrae.
If severe neck pain occurs following an injury (motor vehicle accident, diving accident, fall), a trained professional, such as a paramedic, should immobilize the patient to avoid the risk of further injury and possible paralysis. Medical care should be sought immediately. Immediate medical care should also be sought when an injury causes pain in the neck that radiates down the arms and legs. Radiating pain or numbness in your arms or legs causing weakness in the arms or legs without significant neck pain should also be evaluated.
If there has not been an injury, you should seek medical care when neck pain is:
Diagnosing neck pain
require further evaluation may undergo one or more of the following
How neck pain is treated depends on what the diagnosis reveals. However, most patients are treated successfully with rest, medication, immobilization, physical therapy, exercise, activity modifications, nerve blocks, or a combination of these methods.
For example, if pain is caused by inflammation as a result of stretching
muscles and ligaments
beyond their limits, Lynne Carr Columbus, D.O. /
Hee (Dennis) S. Lee, M.D.
rest and a neck collar for a
specified period of time, as well as
medication to reduce inflammation. If medication is
prescribed to reduce
pain, it should be used only as directed and should not be taken for
When neck pain persists or is chronic, Lynne Carr Columbus, D.O. may recommend a rehabilitation program that includes an exercise program and various types of physical therapy to help you relieve your pain and prevent it from coming back. Cervoid Epidural steroid injections may be very helpful in relieving pain due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or degenerative disc disease. Epidural steroid injections are helpful in conjunction with physical therapy. These injections decrease inflammation and pain, so you can gain more benefit from the physical therapy.
patients require surgery to relieve neck pain. For the vast majority of
combination of rest, medication, physical therapy, and nerve
blocks will relieve neck pain.
Surgery may be necessary to reduce
pressure on the spinal cord or a nerve root when pain is
caused by a
herniated disk or bony narrowing of the spinal canal. Surgery may also
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