Injuries and degenerative conditions can all affect the neck and cervical spine, resulting in localized and radiating pain. Most commonly, neck pain is due to strain on the tendons and muscles that support the cervical spine, but the spine and surrounding nerves can also be a source of pain. When neck pain becomes chronic, it is critical to determine the cause to form an effective treatment plan. Our team at Hanowell Spine Clinic in Covington, GA, offers advanced diagnostic testing and treatments to provide neck pain relief.
The neck, or cervical region, is the most vulnerable area of the spine and prone to wear, tear and injuries. A sudden impact from an auto accident or fall can cause whiplash or other injuries to the musculoskeletal elements of the neck. Injuries can increase the likelihood of degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease and facet joint issues. All these different factors can contribute to neck pain that may also cause headaches or radiating pain in the shoulder, arm and hand. Careful diagnosis is needed to determine the source of chronic neck pain to determine the best treatment options for neck pain relief.
Causes of Chronic Neck Pain
Our modern lifestyle can contribute to chronic neck pain. “Text neck” from looking down at cell phones, computer screens and tablets can impact individuals of any age. The strain on muscles and tendons can cause pain, but repetitive motions also impact the cervical spine. Osteoarthritis is more common in the cervical spine when injuries or wear has occurred over the years. Degenerative disc disease can cause the spinal discs to flatten and provide less cushion for the cervical vertebrae. Pinched nerves or cervical radiculopathy is common, creating neck pain and radiating weakness, numbness and pain through the shoulder, arm and hand.
If you have ongoing pain in or adjacent to the neck, let our spine specialists at Hanowell Spine Clinic find the right treatment to provide neck pain relief. Contact our clinic in Covington, GA, to schedule an exam and consultation to determine the source of your neck pain and create a treatment plan that will improve your quality of life.