Do You Have Neck Pain?
The area known as the cervical spine (neck) consists of seven vertebrae located between the chest and head. This delicate but vitally important area is more mobile than any other part of your spine, and has the responsibility of balancing the weight of your head – which averages around 11 pounds!
Neck pain is more common than ever due to habitual activities that cause us to bend our necks, such as texting or using a computer. Neck pain can be debilitating, affecting mobility, balance and even sleep.
Neck pain can radiate into the shoulders, arms and hands and can be accompanied by other symptoms including numbness and tingling. Severe neck pain that doesn’t go away can become quite disabling but fortunately there are many forms of treatment Dr. Brisson at NY Spine Care can offer.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Acute cervical pain comes on suddenly, often following an accident or traumatic injury such as whiplash where the head is rapidly jerked forward and back. Neck pain can also result from a disc herniation, muscle tear, neck strain (muscles) or neck sprain (ligaments).
If you have weakness in your spine due to spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis or other conditions, even a sneeze can cause injury and bring about sudden onset of symptoms.
If you experience acute neck pain accompanied by any of the following symptoms, you must seek medical treatment right away to rule out serious conditions.
- Sensitivity to light
- Confusion or mood changes
Having these symptoms doesn’t necessarily indicate a medical emergency, however it is important to consult your physician to rule out infection, illness or other conditions.
Chronic neck pain is pain that persists and/or progresses. Some of the causes of chronic pain of the cervical spine include
- The natural aging process which can cause degenerative changes in the vertebrae
- “bent neck” syndrome from looking down for long periods (such as when texting)
- The stress and strain of daily living – even emotions can contribute to neck pain
- Congenital abnormality or deformity
- Poor posture
Flexibility and strength in your cervical spine is important to your overall health and wellbeing. At NY Spine Care we understand the fear and stress caused by diagnosis and treatment of neck and back pain and our goal is to provide you with unparalleled expertise and comfort.
Don’t endure another day of neck pain.