Where Does it Hurt?

Neck

Neck pain can arise from a variety of causes, ranging from sleeping in the wrong position to sudden and severe injury. Neck pain can interfere greatly with your daily life, making it difficult to sleep, work, or enjoy hobbies and recreation. Shasta Orthopaedics can help with your neck problems and get you back to enjoying your routine.

Common Neck Problems

Common Neck Pain
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
  • Pain in the neck area
  • Stiffness
  • Numbness
  • Feel like there is a “kink” in the neck muscle
  • Headache
  • Pain that spreads to the back or shoulders
  • Limited movement

Most common minor neck problems develop as a result of stress, poor posture, poor sleeping position, wear and tear, minor injuries, and everyday use. Neck problems and injuries most commonly occur during work or recreational activities. Common neck problems may be related to spasms of the neck muscles or inflammation of the neck joints. It is important to see a doctor regarding any kind of neck pain.

Strain or Sprain of the Neck Muscles or Ligaments
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
  • Aches in the neck
  • Stiffness of the neck muscles
  • Symptoms spread to arm, shoulder, or upper back

The terms strain and sprain refer to an injury to the ligaments or muscles in the neck. This condition may arise from a sudden movement or an injury. The severity of sprains and strains can vary greatly and may also cause shooting pain that spreads into the arm or hand, most likely signifying the presence of a pinched nerve.

Pinched Nerve
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
  • Sharp pain in the neck area
  • Shooting pain that spreads into the arm and hand
  • May affect one or both arms depending on the severity
  • Numbness in the neck area or arms
  • "Pins and needles” sensations
  • Burning sensations
  • Weakness in arm or hand

The term pinched nerve designates a type of injury or damage to a nerve or set of nerves, most commonly resulting from compression, constriction, or stretching of the surrounding area. A pinched nerve may also result from arthritis. The severity of this condition can range from minor and temporary to long lasting and serious. Pinched nerves often result from activity and movement in work and recreational settings.

Torn or Ruptured Disc
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
  • Pain in the neck area
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the shoulder or down the arm
  • Numbness in the neck or arm
  • Tingling sensations

The bones, or vertebrae, that make up the spine are surrounded by small, round, flat discs. When these discs are damaged they may bulge or break open and press on a nerve. A torn or ruptured disc can occur as a result of an injury, normal wear and tear, or be caused by disease.

It is very important to seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing pain in your neck.  The cause of neck pain determines the necessary treatment, and is often difficult to discern based on symptoms alone.

Injury to the neck can result in paralysis, and pain can signify a serious medical condition like heart attack or meningitis. 

Seek emergency medical care immediately if you have been injured or if your symptoms are severe. In the context of all neck problems, early diagnosis and treatment are necessary to prevent further damage and complications.

Once emergency care has been administered, orthopaedic medicine may be able to help immensely with pain symptoms that can arise from a variety of ailments, or linger long after an injury.