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Neck  Pain

Rusty Ford

Causes of Neck Pain

There are many causes of neck pain. Neck pain may result from abnormalities in the soft tissues - the muscles, ligaments, and nerves - as well as in bones and joints of the spine. The most common causes of neck pain are soft tissue abnormalities due to injury or prolonged wear and tear. In rare cases, infection or tumors may cause neck pain. In some people, neck problems may be the source of pain in the upper back, shoulders or arms.
 
 

Injuries causing neck pain

  • Burner A "burner" is an injury to one or more nerves between your neck and shoulder. It is also called a "stinger." It usually happens in sports like football. It's not a serious neck injury.
  • Cervical Fracture  you have seven bones in your neck. These are the cervical vertebrae, which support your head and connect it to the shoulders and body. A fracture, or break, in one of the cervical vertebrae is commonly called a broken neck.
  • Whiplash  a soft tissue injury to the neck—is also called neck sprain or neck strain. It is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck, usually because of sudden extension and flexion. The disorder commonly occurs as the result of an automobile accident and may include injury to intervertebral joints, discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots. Symptoms such as neck pain may be present directly after the injury or may be delayed for several days. In addition to neck pain, other symptoms may include neck stiffness, injuries to the muscles and ligaments (myofascial injuries), headache, dizziness, abnormal sensations such as burning or prickling (paresthesias), or shoulder or back pain. In addition, some people experience cognitive, somatic, or psychological conditions such as memory loss, concentration impairment, nervousness/irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue, or depression.

Degenerative and Inflammatory causes of neck pain

Arthritis  Various forms of arthritis can cause neck pain. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of arthritis. As we age wear and tear on the joints including the cervical joints can cause inflammation in the bones of the neck. Rheumatoid Arthritis and other forms of degenerative arthritis can cause destruction of the joints in the neck.

Cervical disk degeneration   refers to a gradual deterioration of the spongy disks in the top part of the spine.As the disk space narrows, added stress is applied to the joints of the spine causing further wear and degenerative disease. The cervical disk may also protrude and cause pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots when the rim of the disk weakens.

Cervical spondylosis refers to common age-related changes in the area of the spine at the back of the neck. With age, the vertebrae (the component bones of the spine) gradually form bone spurs, and their shock-absorbing disks slowly shrink.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
   

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05/27/2011

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