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Spine & Pain Management in Anderson, Easley, Greenville, Upstate SC
Neck pain is any type of pain or discomfort throughout the neck region, which consists
of the cervical spine, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and blood vessels. Most
people will experience neck pain at some point in their lives, and it is usually
not a cause for concern.
Neck pain can be due to minor problems, such as sleeping in an awkward position,
or it can be due to more serious problems, such as arthritis or degenerative disc
disease. Any of the structures in the neck can become irritated or inflamed in response
to a variety of different conditions.
Depending on the underlying cause, neck pain may last briefly, or it may be chronic,
defined as lasting more than three months. Your neck pain may feel like a dull ache,
or it may be sharp and jolting in a specific area. Although most cases of neck pain
resolve themselves in a few days to a few weeks with basic self-care measures, neck
pain can also persist and lead to more serious problems, such as nerve damage.
Neck pain usually originates in the neck itself, but it can also be due to problems
in other parts of the body, such as the head, shoulders and chest, and radiate to
the neck. Therefore, your neck pain may be accompanied by other symptoms. Neck pain
occurring with other symptoms, such as pain or numbness down your arm, difficulty
breathing, or a stiff neck, may be a sign of a serious medical condition and should
be evaluated as soon as possible or in an emergency medical facility. In addition,
if your pain follows an injury or accident or is extreme, persistent, or causes you
concern, contact us.
Neck pain is often not as simple as just a "pain in the neck." The origins of neck
pain are as complex as the neck's design. The seven cervical vertebrae (bones in
the neck) must hold up the weight of the head and allow free range of motion while
protecting the delicate spine. Extra mobility leaves the neck more vulnerable to
injury, since it is not as well protected as the rest of the spine. Most neck pain
is temporary and goes away with rest. Sometimes, neck pain can become chronic and