There are many causes of neck pain. Sometimes stress or too much time hunching over a computer can cause temporary neck pain, while other causes are more serious. However, because neck pain can originate from a number of different sources, including neck muscles;nerves;ligaments;or even the jaw, shoulders, arms, or head, it is often difficult to diagnose andtreat neck pain.
Most often, neck pain is due to overexertion or strained muscles from day-to-day activities, but in other cases, there’s a more severe underlying cause. For example, spinal arthritis can cause inflammation and pain. Herniated discs can result in painful pinched nerves near the neck, and serious diseases, like cancer, meningitis, or a spinal infection, can also cause pain and discomfort.
When to Seek Treatment
Althoughit’s true that some neck pains are temporary and not considered serious, others may be linked to more severe conditions. You should seek treatment if you ever experience shooting pain in an arm or shoulder or if you ever experience numbness in your arms or legs. Additionally, if you ever lose full range of motion in your neck, seek medical attention.
Neck Pain Diagnosis and Treatment
At Central NJ Spine, we specialize in diagnosing and treating many cases of neck pain. When you first meet with one of our skilled doctors, he or shewill conduct a clinical investigation todetermine the cause of your neck pain. This investigation will include a physical and neurological examination, a discussion about your medical history, and possibly an MRI to get a better look at the source of the pain.
After receiving a diagnosis, the doctors at Central NJ Spine will offer a variety of treatment methods designed to help you overcome your condition and meet your goals. Some of our treatment options include the following:
• Posture Improvement Guidance
• Surgery, Including Disc Replacement
If Central NJ Spine sounds like a good fit for your neck pain, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today. Call our office at 201-371-6004.