Neck pain can stem from various causes, including whiplash, disc pathologies, osteoarthritis of the neck (cervical spondylosis), and cutaneous nerve inflammation. These conditions can result in discomfort, stiffness, limited range of motion, and, sometimes, radiating pain.
Whiplash is a common cause of neck pain, often resulting from a sudden forceful movement of the head forward and backward, as in a car accident or sports injury. Whiplash can cause damage to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck, leading to pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving the head. Additional symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.
Disc pathologies in the neck can involve herniated discs, bulging discs, or degenerative disc disease. These conditions occur when the intervertebral discs, which act as cushions between the spinal vertebrae, become damaged or deteriorate over time. Symptoms can include localized neck pain, radiating pain into the shoulders and arms, numbness, and weakness.
Osteoarthritis of the neck, also known as cervical spondylosis, is a degenerative condition affecting the cervical spine. It involves the breakdown of cartilage and the formation of bone spurs in the neck joints. Cervical spondylosis can cause neck pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. Symptoms can be exacerbated by activities that involve neck movement.
Cutaneous nerve inflammation, such as occipital neuralgia, can also contribute to neck pain. Occipital neuralgia is characterized by sharp, shooting, or throbbing pain that radiates from the back of the head to the neck and behind the eyes. It can be triggered by irritation or compression of the occipital nerves.
Diagnosis and treatment of neck pain require consultation with a healthcare professional. Dr. Jack and his team can evaluate the specific symptoms, perform necessary tests or imaging, and recommend appropriate interventions to address the underlying cause and alleviate pain.