Neck Pain Causes and Symptoms

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Mar 12

If you are suffering from neck pain, there are many neck pain causes and symptoms you should be aware of. Your neck is an often overlooked, but very important part of your spinal anatomy.

The neck may also be referred to as the cervical spine. Typically, it is not until that we are suffering and have neck pain do we begin to notice and understand its function. Neck pain is quite common, especially in patients over the age of 50.

At the point where your neck pain does not get better with rest at home or changing the habits that may be causing your neck pain, you may want to seek advice of a healthcare professional such as a physical therapist.

Neck Pain Causes and Symptoms: The Symptoms

Symptoms of neck pain may range from stiffness and limited range of motion to more severe symptoms such as pain that radiates to other parts of the body. If you are suffering from neck pain, here are some symptoms to watch for:

  • Neck muscle stiffness or tightness
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Sharp pain in neck
  • Stabbing pain in neck
  • Radiating pain to other parts of the body such as shoulders, arms, fingers, and head
  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms

Neck Pain Causes and Symptoms: The Causes

There are many reasons that a patient could be suffering from neck pain and they range from severe trauma to degenerative conditions or even infections.

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If you are experiencing neck pain, it may be caused by one of the following:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Neck strain
  • Trauma (such as whiplash)
  • Herniated disc
  • Pinched nerve
  • Infection
  • Stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Meningitis

There are other conditions that could be causing your neck pain as well, so seeking the help of an experienced healthcare professional, such as those at Above & Beyond Physical Therapy in either Queen Creek or Phoenix can help.

Our team of physical therapists specialize in spinal conditions and rehabilitation. They can help you understand if physical therapy may be a good option for you if your neck pain is caused by a condition that physical therapy can help.

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