BPS 26: What is the Cause of Chronic Neck Pain?

The neck consists of a network of bones, nerves, joints, and muscles. These body parts are directed by the spinal cord and the brain. They provide strength and stability to the body.

A number of different problems can result in neck pain. Irritation along the pathway of the nerve may result in pain in the head, arm, hand, and shoulder. Spinal cord irritation can result in pain in the legs and areas below the neck.

Symptoms of Neck Pain

Most symptoms of neck pain subside within a few weeks. In case the neck pain persists, it signals some serious underlying medical problem. Early intervention is necessary for such a situation to provide relief from pain.

Some of the symptoms of neck pain include the following.

  • -Stabbing or sharp pain in one area
  • -A stiff neck that results in difficulty in turning the head
  • -Tenderness or soreness in the neck
  • -Pain that radiates to the arms, shoulders, or fingers
  • -Tingling or weakness in the arms, shoulder, or fingers
  • -Trouble in lifting objects or gripping
  • -Problems in balance, coordination, and walking
  • -Loss or bowel or bladder control.

Symptoms of neck pain can be minor in some cases. In other cases, the symptoms can be extreme. The pain can also interfere with daily activities such as sleep. In some cases, the pain may be temporary while in other cases the pain may be long term. Also, an underlying condition such as cancer or meningitis.

Cervical spine problems that cause neck pain can be accelerated by an injury, such as strain or sprain. The cervical spine begins at the base of the skull. It passes through seven vertebral columns that are named C1 to C7. The vertebral columns connect to the chest region, or thoracic region of the spine.

Prognosis of Chronic Neck Pain

Neck pain is common among senior individuals. However, it can affect individuals of any age. The pain usually develops suddenly but it may also develop over a period of time. The pain usually reduces with rest and relaxation. In most cases, nonsurgical options can help reduce neck pain. However, if the neck pain does not subside, surgery may be recommended.

Professional medical help should be sought in case of neck pain interfere with activities at work or when sleeping.  Keep in mind that neck pain is a serious condition that should not be ignored.

Neck pain symptoms indicate some larger problems. It could indicate an underlying disease. In some case, an infection may result in neck pain. You should seek medical help if you feel numbness or tingling in the arms, shoulders, or hands, fever or chills, neurological issues with walking, coordination, or bowel control, and fever.

Severe neck pain due to a trauma like falling down or a car crash may require immediate surgery. The surgery selected for the neck pain will depend on results of the diagnostic test. The neck needs to be treated by a trained professional to reduce the risk of permanent damage to the cervical area.

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