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Common Neck Injuries

Neck Pain

common location of neck pain on 3d diagram

The neck, or cervical spine, is a series of joints, discs, ligaments, and muscles that contain nerves that extend into the upper back, shoulders, arms, and hands. Neck pain is very common within the general population and can be caused by trauma or a fall, sudden impact due to a car accident, or possibly due to poor posture and body mechanics over the years.

Some of the more common issues associated with neck pain are whiplash syndrome, cervical radiculopathy, and degenerative changes of the cervical spine including disc herniation. Many individuals have a headache (cervicogenic) associated with neck pain. The neck can also have chronic trigger points and muscle spasms that cause significant pain and dysfunction. At times, consultation with an orthopedist, neurosurgeon, or physiatrist (specializes in pain originating from the spine) may be needed. We work with all physicians in managing patients who have neck surgery or injection therapy.

Treatment of the cervical spine includes mobilization of the neck and its soft tissues, posture re-education and strengthening, stretching of cervical musculature, manual and mechanical traction, and modalities as needed. We encourage a consistent and long-term focus on posture and exercise for management of a healthy neck.

Did you Know?
Neck pain and dysfunction affects our ability to turn and look at others, our ability to drive, our ability to sleep, and our ability to play sports.