Common Neck Pain Conditions
Neck pain is a difficult condition to bear, both physically and mentally. Carolinas Pain Center understands the devastating impact it has on patients. Our state-of-the-art treatments and multidisciplinary approaches to each individual case will help you manage your neck pain and return you to a normal life as quickly as possible.
Cervical Facet Syndrome
This condition in the bones of the neck is caused by inflammation of the small joints that connect the vertebrae. It produces dull, aching pain that can affect not only the neck, but the shoulders and arms, often producing painful headaches as well. Pain management techniques are highly effective in treating this type of pain.
A sudden jerking of the head and neck is the common term used to describe Whiplash, straining the muscles and ligaments of the neck beyond their normal range of motion. This kind of trauma can cause pain in the neck resulting from damage to the facets, or small joints, in the neck. Connective tissue in the neck can also be traumatized, resulting in an increasing weakness of these tissues. Many patients experience whiplash as a result of automobile accidents, though the injury can also be experienced in exercise, sports, and falls. Various forms of pain management can be highly successful in remediating this type of pain.
A narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck is cervical stenosis. The canal is made up of the openings of the vertebrae through which the spinal cord runs. Stenosis occurs when the openings narrow and put pressure on the spinal cord or the nerves extending from it. The pain experienced from this compression can be in the neck itself or shoot into the arms and legs. Muscle weakness in the extremities may also be experienced. Immediate consultation with a pain physician is necessary to identify the cause and begin an effective treatment.