Neck Pain

The neck or cervical spine is designed for strength, stability, and nerve communication with the brain via the spinal cord. Made up of a network of nerves, bones, joints, and muscles, it also has the important job of supporting and providing mobility for the head which weighs about the same as a medium bowling ball.

Neck pain is generally related to the overuse or strain of the neck’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments due to stress, poor posture or an injury such as whiplash or from carrying something heavy.

With our modern lifestyle comes the regular use of electronic devices and computer equipment which is commonly linked to many postural issues that can cause pain. Unfortunately, just as commonly, it can occur without any known trigger and develops differently in every patient – whether suddenly or over time.

Possible causes of chronic neck pain include

  • Facet joint disease
  • Whiplash
  • Nerve root compromise and radiculopathy
  • Spinal Canal Stenosis
  • Disc disease
  • Soft Tissue injury and deconditioning
  • Degeneration or Spondylosis

Potential symptoms

  • Stiff neck and discomfort upon turning the head
  • Stabbing pain at a certain point in the neck
  • Sore or tender areas of the neck
  • Muscle spasms
  • Radiating pain through the shoulders, arms or hands
  • Headache
  • Tingling, numbness
  • Balance or coordination issues
  • Muscle weakness/loss of sensation – seek prompt medical attention

Recommended treatments

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy – including stretching and exercise, lifestyle modifications
  • Epidural steroid injection or nerve root injection can often relieve sciatica pain and help with a diagnosis
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy – cauterises offending nerves via heat administered through a small needle
  • Spinal cord stimulation procedures can help cases of recurring back or leg pain
  • Referral to a spinal surgeon if required

Why suffer? Make an appointment to discuss a treatment plan tailored specifically for you.

To find out more about our treatment options that can help reduce or eliminate your pain, contact us or make an appointment today.