The neck is made up of vertebrae that extend from the skull to the upper torso. While the bones, muscles and ligaments of the neck support the head and allow for motion, any form of abnormalities or injury can cause Neck Pain or stiffness in the neck. The signs and symptoms of Neck Pain include stiff neck, soreness in the area around the neck, numbness of the neck, and loss of bladder or bowel control, among others.
HOW IS NECK PAIN DIAGNOSED?
A general physician can diagnose the condition with a thorough physical examination. Sometimes, imaging tests may be needed for definitive diagnosis when the pain is chronic. This can include MRI or a simple x-ray. An electromyography may also be needed in some cases.
HOW IS NECK PAIN TREATED?
Treatment of neck pain depends on the severity and the cause of pain. If it is due to other diseases, then the underlying cause needs to be treated. If it is due to a fracture or a sprain, then movement needs to be restricted by using a collar or a cast. Physiotherapist may suggest simple exercises for pain relief. For serious injuries, surgical intervention may be needed
DID YOU KNOW?
Neck pain can also be associated with headache, facial pain, shoulder pain, and arm numbness or tingling (upper extremity paresthesias). These associated symptoms are often a result of nerves becoming pinched in the neck. Depending on the condition, sometimes neck pain is accompanied by upper back and/or lower back pain, as is common in inflammation of the spine from ankylosing spondylitis