What is neck pain? • Pain located in the neck is a common medical condition. Neck pain can come from a number of disorders and diseases and can involve any of the tissues in the neck.
What are causes for neck pain? • Common conditions causing neck pain are degenerative disc disease, neck strain, neck injury such as in whiplash, a herniated disc, or a pinched nerve. • Neck pain can also come from common infections.
Causes for neck pain (contd..) • Neck pain can also come from rare infections, such as tuberculosis of the neck, infection of the spine bones in the neck , and meningitis. • Neck pain can also come from conditions directly affecting the muscles of the neck. Neck pain is also referred to as cervical pain.
What risk factors for neck pain? • Risk factors for neck pain include injury from involvement in contact sports, motor-vehicle accidents, bull or bronco horse riding, etc.
Other symptoms • Neck pain is commonly associated with dull aching. • Other symptoms are numbness,sharpshooting pain, fullness, difficulty swallowing, pulsations, swishing sounds in the head.
Other symptoms (contd..) • Neck pain can also be associated with headache, facial pain, shoulder pain, and arm numbness or tingling . • Depending on the condition, sometimes neck pain is accompanied by upper back and/or lower back pain.
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