Neck pain can come from a number of disorders and diseases and can involve any of the tissues in the neck. Examples of common conditions causing neck pain are degenerative disc disease, neck strain, neck injury such as in whiplash, a herniated disc, or a pinched nerve. Neck pain can come from common infections, such as virus infection of the throat, leading to lymph node (gland) swelling and neck pain. Neck pain can also come from rare infections, such as tuberculosis of the neck, infection of the spine bones in the neck (osteomyelitis and septic discitis), and meningitis (often accompanied by neck stiffness). It can also come from conditions directly affecting the muscles of the neck, such as fibromyalgia and polymyalgia rheumatica. Neck pain is also referred to as cervical pain.
HOW IS NECK PAIN DIAGNOSED?
The health care provider will do a physical examination and ask for details of symptoms along with medical history. The doctor may suggest tests that include:
• blood tests
• CT scans
• MRI scans
• a lumbar puncture, or a spinal tap
HOW IS NECK PAIN TREATED?
The treatment of Neck Pain may include a heat therapy to alleviate the pain in the neck and medication to treat the Neck Pain.
DID YOU KNOW?
In most cases, the pain is due to overuse of the neck or having a wrong posture. Practicing good posture can help significantly.