Your neck, or the cervical region of your spine, provides more movement than any other body part. While these seven vertebrae were designed for strength and stability, neck pain is a highly common medical complaint impacting 80% of people at some point in their lifetime. While most neck pain comes and goes, constant neck pain could be caused by an underlying medical condition.
If you are experiencing cervical spine pain anywhere from the bottom of your skull to your upper back, you need doctors who specialize in treating neck pain.
At Desert Institute for Spine Care in Arizona, our goal is to provide outstanding and compassionate spinal care, emphasizing non-operative and minimally invasive procedures.
Neck pain is any painful sensation or discomfort experienced in your cervical spine. The neck region of your spine consists of seven bones that support and balance your head, which weighs as much as a bowling ball. The neck provides incredible range of motion to turn the head in all directions. Along with other components like joints and muscles, the cervical spine supplies strength and stability, allowing the exiting nerves traveling to your extremities from the spinal cord to communicate with the brain.
Injury or inflammation, usually due to poor posture or overuse, can impact your cervical spine and lead to neck pain. Most neck pain is acute and resolves on its own with simple treatments like over-the-counter medication and rest. Severe or chronic neck pain lasting longer than a few weeks should be addressed by a medical professional.
Muscle strain or soft tissue sprain of the ligaments or tendons can cause tenderness or pain.
A sudden force that jerks your head and neck quickly.
Age-related deterioration or loss of cushioning to the cervical spinal discs that support and cushion the vertebrae.
When the nerves in your cervical spine become compressed, causing pain.
When the spinal discs bulge or rupture, creating pressure on the nerves and resulting in painful symptoms.
When the bony openings where the nerves exit the spinal canal become narrowed, causing pressure on the nerves.
Viral or bacterial infections in your throat can cause the lymph nodes to swell and result in neck pain.
A car accident, sports injury or fall can lead to intense neck pain.
Neck pain can manifest in a number of ways and is often exacerbated by turning your head or moving your neck.
Cervical spine pain can be described as:
Neck pain can also be associated with other symptoms, such as:
Once we understand your personal pain journey, our team of orthopedic surgeons gets to work. DISC specialists are leaders in advanced spine care treatments. We always recommend least invasive options first, since most patients' neck pain responds well to conservative care. This could include:
However, if you continue to experience severe neck pain, surgery may be recommended as the best way to resolve your symptoms and restore your active lifestyle. We offer a wide range of surgical procedures, including cervical artificial disc replacement and minimally invasive surgical techniques proven to provide relief.