FAQs About Neck Pain

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What is neck pain?

Neck pain is a common condition that many people will experience at some point in their life. Neck pain is general pain in the neck area typically accompanied with stiffness and tightness in the neck muscles. If the discs in the cervical spine have been compromised, pain may radiate down to the shoulders or arms.

What are the different types of neck pain?

Neck pain can range from mild discomfort to very severe pain. Acute neck pain is sudden and intense. Chronic neck pain has lasted more than three months. Neck pain is normally the result of trauma or injury.

What are common causes of neck pain?

The structures of the spine can be damaged or inflamed due to a variety of causes. Occupational stress and age-related wear & tear are the most common conditions. Neck pain can be caused by several things, with some of the most common causes including:

soft-tissue injury
poor posture
accidents
disc herniation
infection
pinched nerve
age-related wear and tear
sports injuries
work-related injuries
falls
trauma
whiplash

What are some helpful tips to prevent neck pain?

The most important tip is avoiding the physical activities that cause strain on your neck. It can help to do frequent stretching, staying hydrated by drinking half your body weight of water (in ounces).

What are the symptoms associated with neck pain?

Symptoms will depend on the severity and cause of the pain. A patient might experience muscle stiffness, burning, loss of sensation, dull pain, and a restricted range of motion. Other problems can develop due to sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression, and irritability.

How is neck pain diagnosed?

After a physical examination, Dr. Gus Varnavas will order an X-ray or MRI to get a better view of your spinal health. An examination of your full medical history allows the physician to form a correct diagnosis.

When to seek professional medical care for neck pain?

If the neck pain persists for longer than a few days, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gus Varnavas immediately. This condition has the ability to gradually worsen over time making the problem harder to solve. Seek immediate medical care if the pain in the neck radiates down your arms and legs. Seek care if the neck pain becomes severe, continuous and persistent.

What is cervical spondylosis?

Cervical spondylosis is a general term for age-related wear and tear affecting the spinal disks in your neck. Cervical spondylosis can cause the spinal canal bones to become narrower and further compresses the spinal cord.

What are the symptoms of cervical spondylosis?

Symptoms of cervical spondylosis include pain in the neck, which may spread to the shoulders and the base of the skull. Pain tends to come and go, with flare-ups from time to time. Some people may develop chronic, persistent, neck pain. Neck stiffness and headaches may also happen. Sometimes the pain can travel down an arm to the hand from the irritation of a spinal cord nerve. You might develop 'pins and needles' in part of your arm. If numbness or weakness develops in a part of the hand or arm, then the patient must see a specialist soon.


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Gus Varnavas, MD at Community Hospital of Anaconda specializes in the treatment of back and neck pain and strives to help people return to activity. Request an appointment with Dr. Varnavas in his office in Anaconda, MT.