Neck Pain

neck pain

Neck pain is a very common complaint in patients. Often times neck pain is related to poor posture, excess stress, or working long hours. It can be caused by trauma, whiplash injuries, falls, degenerative arthritis, spinal stenosis, herniated disc syndrome or spinal cord injuries.

 

Symptoms of neck pain include pain in the distribution of the upper shoulders, base of the head and neck. There may be symptoms of weakness or tingling in the arms. Patients may have stiffness and decreased range of motion of the neck. In severe cases of cervical stenosis patients can lose their control of bowel and bladder.

 

Treatment for more conservative causes of neck pain includes physical therapy and trigger point injection therapy. If the neck pain is caused by facet arthritis and the pain is persistent failing treatment to therapy the patient may benefit from NSAIDs and facet joint steroid injections.

 

Neck pain caused by cervical radiculopathy is diagnosed via the EMG/NCV testing and cervical MRI. Treatment options for this condition include cervical traction therapy in conjunction with cervical epidural steroid injections.