As a major health condition that affects a staggering 10% to 20% of the population in the U.S., neck pain can be a serious ailment that requires expert medical attention.
Are You Looking for Relief From Your Neck Pain?
Surprisingly, neck pain ranks among the top 5 disorders in the country and studies have conclusively proven that neck pain affects mental, social and physical well being, thereby considerably affecting your overall quality of life. The good news is, we have one of the top neck specialist NJ has to offer making neck pain a completely treatable condition as long as you consult a highly qualified physician.
At The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute, Dr. Rehan Ali, our founder and Medical Director, is an extremely sought after pain management specialist whose expertise lies in treating several debilitating ailments through employing minimally invasive procedures.
What is Neck Pain Caused By?
In order to understand what neck pain is, you first have to understand how the neck is structured. Also referred to as the cervical spine, the neck consists of vertebrae that extend from the upper torso to the base of the skull. While the vertebrae, the ligaments and muscles support and strengthen the spine, the muscles also help spinal movement. But since the cervical spine is delicate, it is more vulnerable to trauma and disorders that result in pain and limit movement. For a fortunate few, neck pain is temporary and subsides quickly. However, for others, it requires a solid medical diagnosis and sound treatment to alleviate the symptoms. Seeing one of the proven neck specialist NJ has available is a priority.
What Symptoms can be Caused by Neck Pain?
Depending on the condition, neck pain can give rise to several symptoms, which might not be limited to the cervical area alone. These include:
- A dull ache that could get severe if you keep your head in the same position for too long. For example, when driving or working at a computer
- Muscle stiffness and spasms
- Numbness, tingling or tenderness in the neck that radiates down to the arms or legs
- Acute shooting pain
- Difficulty swallowing or vomiting
- Dizziness, disorientation or weakness
- Reduced ability to move your head
- Lymph node (gland) swelling
- Headaches, facial or shoulder pain
- Upper back and/or lower back pain
What can Cause Cervical Spine Pain?
Cervical pain can originate from a wide range of disorders and ailments. Prior to treating the condition, it is essential for Dr. Ali to review the possible causes that may be leading to your neck pain. While some of the causes are serious medical conditions, rest assured, there are highly effective treatments available. Some of the most common reasons for neck pain are:
- Muscle tension and strain – Poor posture, sleeping in a compromising position, jerking your neck and even working at your desk too long without changing your position can result in neck pain.
- Injuries – Since the cervical spine is particularly susceptible to trauma, sports, falls and auto accidents may cause the neck muscles and ligaments to get misaligned or damaged. Whiplash is a common condition that results from a sudden jerking of the head, which is caused by an impact when you are stationary. For example, when a vehicle crashes into yours from the rear, your head jerks forward and the trauma may damage the tendons or muscles in your neck.
- Degenerative disc disease – Each vertebra of the spine is protected by discs, which act as cushions between each segment. If the disc weakens, it becomes more vulnerable to rupturing, also called herniation, which in turn results in chronic pain.
- Cervical Radiculopathy – Commonly referred to as a “pinched nerve”, radiculopathy is when nerve roots in the cervical spine become inflamed or damaged and result in quite severe pain that could radiate anywhere from the neck to the fingers.
- Herniated disc – If the soft disc cushioning the vertebra gets displaced, it compresses the nerves and leads to pain which could radiate from your neck to your upper back.
- Spinal Stenosis – This condition arises when the spinal column narrows thereby putting pressure on the roots of the nerves, which is also extremely painful.
- Spondylosis or Osteoarthritis – Another degenerative disease that reduces the space between the vertebrae and may result in spurs developing if the vertebrae rub together, spondylosis, typically affects people in the age group of 40 or over.
- Other diseases – Rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis, heart attack or even cancer can cause neck pain as well.
When to Seek Medical Intervention
In cases, when neck pain is brought on by an accident, it requires immediate medical care. If your neck pain is not the result of an accident but the pain does not subside or if you experience any of the following accompanying symptoms, you must consult a qualified physician immediately.
- Consistent and/or severe neck pain
- Neck pain that also radiates down the arms and legs
- Neck pain that also results in headaches, vomiting, numbness, tingling, weakness
Dr. Ali has years of experience treating chronic conditions and will design the optimum comprehensive personalized treatment plan for you, which will give you that much-needed relief.
Call us today and schedule your appointment with one of the best neck pain specialists in New Jersey. And give yourself the ability to enjoy a pain-free life.
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