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Neck Pain

What is neck pain?

Neck pain refers to the discomfort experienced in or around the cervical spine, which is the area of the spine located beneath the head. This condition can be caused by various injuries or medical conditions.
Neck pain can manifest as either axial neck pain, primarily felt in the neck region, or radicular neck pain, which radiates into other areas such as the shoulders or arms. It can be categorized as acute, lasting from a few days to six weeks, or chronic, persisting for more than three months.
At NeuroSpine Plus, we understand the impact of neck pain on your well-being. Our professional team is dedicated to providing you with comprehensive care and effective treatment options tailored to your needs. Don't let neck pain hinder your daily life. Reach out to NeuroSpine Plus and take the first step towards a pain-free neck.


What are the symptoms of neck pain?

Neck discomfort is often described as a persistent ache or a sharp, searing pain. Some may even experience shooting pain that travels from the neck to the shoulders or arms.

In addition to these sensations, there are other symptoms that may accompany neck pain. Patients may also experience:

  • Headaches
  • Stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and upper back
  • Difficulty in turning the neck or tilting the head
  • Numbness or a "pins and needles" sensation in their shoulders or arms.

If you're experiencing neck pain or any related symptoms, don't hesitate to reach out to NeuroSpine Plus. Our experts are here to help you find the relief and solutions you need. Your well-being is our top priority.

What are the causes of neck pain?

Neck pain can stem from various factors. Understanding the underlying causes can help in effectively managing and treating this discomfort. Here are some potential contributors to neck pain:

  • Physical Strain

    Engaging in repetitive or strenuous activities that strain the neck muscles can result in stiffness and pain. Poor posture, weak abdominal muscles, and excess body weight can all contribute to misalignment of the spine and subsequently cause neck pain.

  • Aging

    As we age, natural degeneration of the cervical spine can occur. Conditions such as osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis may develop, causing neck pain.

  • Mental Stress

    Stress-induced muscle tension is a common cause of neck pain. Tightening the neck muscles unconsciously due to stress or agitation can lead to stiffness and discomfort.

  • Injury

    Trauma and accidents can result in neck injuries that cause pain. Whiplash, often experienced in automobile accidents, is a common injury that leads to neck pain.

  • Growths

    Certain growths, such as tumors, cysts, or bone spurs, can exert pressure on the nerves in the neck, resulting in pain. If you suspect a growth or mass in your neck, it is crucial to seek medical evaluation.

At NeuroSpine Plus, we are dedicated to diagnosing and treating neck pain effectively. Our neurosurgeons specialize in identifying the root causes of your discomfort and developing personalized treatment plans.

What are the treatments for neck pain?

Neck pain can be effectively managed and treated to alleviate discomfort and improve mobility. At NeuroSpine Plus, our goal is to provide you with comprehensive care and effective treatment options for your neck pain. Here's how we approach the management and treatment of neck pain:

  • Medications

    Our experienced providers may recommend pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), to reduce inflammation and alleviate neck pain. Muscle relaxants can also be prescribed to help your neck muscles heal and relieve spasms.

  • Physical Therapy

    Doing certain exercises that are designed to strengthen the muscles and tendons in your neck, improve flexibility, and enhance overall neck function.

  • Steroid Injections

    In some cases, steroid injections near the affected nerve roots may be recommended to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

  • Surgery

    While the majority of neck pain cases do not require surgery, in certain situations, surgical intervention may be necessary. Our skilled neurosurgeons specialize in neck pain treatments, including: 

At NeuroSpine Plus, we prioritize your well-being and aim to provide you with the most effective and personalized treatment options for your neck pain. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Neck Pain FAQ

In addition to taking pain relief medications, NeuroSpine Plus recommends the following strategies:

  • Hot Therapy: Take a hot shower or apply a hot towel or heating pad (on the lowest setting) to the site of your pain for 15 minutes every few hours. 
  • Cold Therapy: Apply a cold pack or a bag of frozen vegetables (wrapped in a thin towel to protect your skin) for 15 minutes every few hours. It’s important to note that cold therapy should be used immediately after an injury instead of heat.
  • Exercise: Follow the guidance of your healthcare provider on specific neck exercises that can help relieve pain and improve your range of motion. However, if you have a serious neck injury or a pinched nerve, it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional before attempting any exercises.

Additional Tips from NeuroSpine Plus

  • Maintain good posture throughout the day, especially when sitting or working at a desk.
  • Take regular breaks to stretch your neck and shoulders, avoiding prolonged periods of static posture.
  • Consider using a supportive pillow or neck support while sleeping to maintain proper alignment.
  • Practice stress-reducing techniques such as mindfulness, deep breathing, or gentle stretching exercises to relax tense neck muscles.

It is estimated that around 1 in 3 individuals are affected by neck pain symptoms annually, with women being more commonly affected than men. Rest assured, the majority of these symptoms are usually harmless and tend to resolve on their own over time.

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