Many people complain about neck pain. Sometimes the pain comes from sleeping in a position that strained neck muscles or even from working long hours. Muscle tension from holding your neck at an odd angle such as when hunched over a desk or bench can also lead to neck pain. Degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis or degenerative changes in the spinal bones or cervical disks can also cause tingling, pain and even headaches.
You Should Not Ignore Neck Pain
Neck pain can be severe and should never be ignored. Neck injuries can cause irritation along the spine that can radiate to the head, shoulders, arms and hands. If the pain increases or does not go away after a few days, or if you have had a recent fall, been in a wreck or have other symptoms you need to be evaluated by a qualified medical professional. Neck pain can indicate a serious underlying condition that may require medical intervention.
Certain symptoms can be especially worrisome, because diseases such as spinal meningitis can also cause neck pain. Viral meningitis is highly contagious and often causes a stiff neck, headache, and fever along with severe fatigue or weakness. Meningitis can cause seizures as well, so this is a serious concern. Meningitis is considered a life threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. Not to say that your neck pain is something this dangerous, but with all the possibilities, getting checked out is important.
Neck Pain Symptoms That Should be Evaluated
- Stabbing or sharp neck pains in one particular spot
- A stiff neck that makes it hard to turn your head
- Popping or grinding sounds when turning your head
- Pain that shoots into other areas such as your shoulders, arms and hands
- Pain that radiates upwards towards your head
- Tingling, numbness or muscle weakness
- Problems lifting your arms or gripping objects
- Difficulty moving
- Balance and coordination problems
Neck pain may be nothing more than a minor annoyance, but it can also be something so painful that it interferes with your normal daily activities or inhibits sleep. The pain may subside or increase in intensity for no apparent reason. When it comes to neck pain, the best course of action is to not put off diagnosis and treatment. You owe it to yourself to find out what is causing your neck pain.
If you or a loved one is in need of treatment for neck pain, please contact Orthopaedic Associates at (440) 892-1440 to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained, compassionate Orthopaedic Physicians. Orthopaedic Associates: You don’t have to put up with pain any more.