First Health Physical Therapy | Types and Causes of Neck Pain
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Types and Causes of Neck Pain

Neck pain derives from three distinct pains:

Acute Pain occurs as a result from trauma and high tension. This type of neck pain can be caused by impact, contact sports injury, sleeping awkwardly, heavy lifting and other injuries. Tension can also cause the pain due to pressure on the nerves and blood vessel. There are other causes of neck pains coming from a bulging disc, slipped or herniated disc in the neck.

Chronic pain in the neck can be dull or sharp and is either intermittent or constant, which lasts longer than 6 months. The conditions could be:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis

Patients with chronic pains may have headaches, pain, and loss of mobility stiffness; have concentration issues, mood swings and change in energy levels.

Many times chronic pain is due to neck pain having been improperly treated initially. We recommend that patients seek medical treatment for neck pain, weakness or numbness that lasts for more than a week or as early as possible.

Radicular Neck Pain

Radicular neck pain occurs when damage or irritation of the nerve roots exit the cervical spine. The pain can be debilitating, immobilizing, and can affect concentration, energy levels, and mood.

This type of neck pain can also come from an old injury, a degenerative spine problem, or a muscular condition.

It derives from damaged, compressed, or inflamed nerve roots that are transmitted through the body.

Symptoms of neck pains:

  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Sciatica pain.