Neck pain is common, especially for those who overuse the muscles and ligaments in the neck through sports, recreational activities, work or household chores. Most neck pain is manifested through stiffness, a kink or severe pain in the neck, shoulders, upper back and/or arms. Other causes of neck pain can be stress, trauma or injury. Some neck pain is even a symptom of the flu or meningitis.
Neck strains refer to the pain of a muscle spasm or inflammation of the joints in the neck. If you are experiencing shooting pains through the arms, hands and fingers, it may be an indication that you have a pinched nerve in the neck. For mild neck strains or sprains, treat them with home remedies and over-the-counter medications. More severe cases may require prescription medication, physical therapy and, in the most severe cases, surgery.
The neck houses and protects the top portion of the spine, known as the cervical spine. Though protected, it is still possible to fracture or dislocate bones in the cervical spine through injury or trauma, which can lead to paralysis. This type of spine or neck injury requires immediate medical attention.
If you're suffering from chronic neck pain or have had a neck injury, please contact our office and schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists.