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Neck Pain

Neck pain can be a devastating condition to live with and it can severely impact your quality of life.

There are a number of causes of neck pain, including:

Cervical facet disease

Cervical facet disease is a condition caused by inflammation of the small joints that connect adjacent backbones. This condition often produces dull and/or aching pain that can affect the neck, head, shoulder and the arms.

Patients with this condition often have associated headaches. Cervical facet disease is treatable with a combination of interventional and non-interventional therapies.

Cervical strain

Cervical strain is a painful condition associated with the overuse of the neck and shoulder muscles during repetitive activities. These activities may precipitate pain that shoots to both the shoulders and in between the shoulder blades.

This condition is often associated with trauma to the soft tissue of the neck.

Whiplash injuries

Whiplash is a common term used to describe injures associated rapid bending of the neck, followed by the extension of the cervical spine. This type of trauma can cause a weakening of the connective tissues in the neck in addition to damaging the small joints that connect adjacent backbones. Though often associated with motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries or falls can also bring on whiplash injuries.

Cervical stenosis

Describes a condition where there is narrowing of the spinal canal that essential “crowds” the spinal cord. Mild crowding may just produce pain in the neck, but progressive crowding of the spinal canal may lead to muscle weakness of the arms or legs and shooting pain into the extremities. This condition requires prompt evaluation by a pain physician.

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