Different Causes of Neck Pain

Published on July 12, 2018 in Neck Pain

Different Causes of Neck Pain

Millions of people experience neck pain every day. The structure of the spine, muscles, and tissue are delicate and complex, and over-use or over-exertion of muscles can lead to neck pain.

To find lasting neck pain relief, it’s important to first diagnose the cause. Below are three of the most common causes of chronic neck pain.  As with any chronic pain, it’s important to be thoroughly examined by a qualified physician to help you find the correct diagnosis and treatment.

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Cervical Radiculopathy Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Published on July 12, 2018 in Neck Anatomy and Disease

Cervical Radiculopathy Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

When a nerve in the cervical spine (neck) is irritated or damaged and causes pain and/or neurological symptoms, doctors call this condition - cervical radiculopathy.  The nerves in the spine exit the spinal column through holes in the bones of the spine (vertebrae) from the right and left sides.  The nerves exiting the spinal canal (nerve roots) are numbered from 1 to 8, based on the same vertebra numbering, which starts at 1 underneath the skull.  Radiculopathy can cause different pain, tingling, and numbness along the shoulder, arm, and/or hand depending on which nerve root is damaged.

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Posture and Neck Pain – What You Need to Know

Published on June 28, 2018 in Neck Posture and Exercises

Posture and Neck Pain – What You Need to Know

Experiencing neck pain without any recent trauma to the neck, like whiplash, may mean the source of the pain is from bad posture. Poor body posture while sitting, driving, working, and even sleeping can put stress on the spinal muscles, joints, and nerves, causing discomfort in the neck.

The muscles in your neck work hard to keep your head upright in the correct position, and every shift in position will shift your muscles as well. Depending on the position, these muscles can either be extended too far or contracted too tight, which may cause neck pain and perhaps even headaches and migraines. This pain usually starts in the neck but has a tendency to advance down to the shoulders and upper back.

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5 Exercises for a Bulging Disc in the Neck

Published on June 28, 2018 in Neck Posture and Exercises

5 Exercises for a Bulging Disc in the Neck

The term bulging disc is often incorrectly used interchangeably with herniated disc:

  • A bulging disc is when a disc flattens and extends past the normal space of the bones in the spine (vertebrae). 
  • A herniated disc is when damage to the disc’s outer ring (annulus fibrosus) occurs, causing the interior, gel-like material (nucleus pulposus) to seep out. 

A bulging disc in the neck (cervical spine) can develop with age and happens more frequently than a herniated disc.

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