Symptoms of Head & Neck Pain
- Neck stiffness
- Pain while holding the head still
- Compromised mobility
- Muscle tightness
- Muscles spasms
- Cracking sounds
- Pain radiating down the neck
Causes of Head & Neck Pain
Muscle tensions, sprains, and strains caused by poor posture, working at a desk for extended periods, sleeping in incorrect positions, or jerking your neck suddenly.
The cervical bones can get injured or fractured due to falls, accidents, sporting injuries, and other factors. Neck injuries can also occur due to sudden whiplash movements when you jerk your head.
Cervical Disc Herniation
Trauma, injuries, and age-related wear-and-tear can make the cervical discs bulge outwards, placing pressure on the nerve roots running through the cervical vertebrae. This sends painful signals into the brain, leading to cervical pain.
Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens the cervical bones, leading to small cracks and fractures. This usually affects the knees, but it can also affect the neck, leading to neck and head pains.
Spinal stenosis is a condition wherein the space between the cervical vertebrae narrows down because of bulging discs, herniation, bone spurs, and other factors. This places pressure on the nerve roots running through the vertebrae, leading to inflammation and neck pain.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Cervical spondylosis
Diagnosing Head & Neck Pain
As shown above, numerous factors can contribute to head and neck pains, so evaluating and diagnosing the true locus of the problem is essential. Diagnosing neck pain will begin with a consultation with our interventional pain specialists, who will discuss your medical history, current habits, and lifestyle details. From there, an examination may be performed to test the range of motion in the neck and gauge the level of pain.
If necessary, further testing could be ordered to diagnose the issue causing the pain. This can include MRIs, X-Rays, CT scans, or ultrasound. We always treat the root cause of head and neck pain rather than simply masking the symptoms, an approach that guarantees lasting results without major side effects or complications. If you have neck pain that lasts for more than a day or a restricted range of motion, make an appointment for assessment and treatment.