Neck pain can occur for different reasons, some of which are directly related to the neck and some of which may be influenced by issues affecting the upper back or shoulders. Often, neck pain occurs as a result of repetitive stress or overuse injuries from work-related activities, or as a result of whiplash-like injuries from car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents or sports injuries. Some neck pain involves herniated discs in the cervical spine which can cause pain to radiate from the neck through the shoulders and into the arms. Poor posture while sitting or standing, chronic stress, carrying heavy or poorly-balanced loads and improper lifting technique can also cause neck pain, as can simple factors like using a pillow that doesn't provide enough support.
Cervical radiculopathy is a painful condition that occurs when the nerves in the neck (the cervical spine) become pinched or compressed, resulting in symptoms like:
pain radiating into the arms or back
burning sensations in the neck or shoulders
numbness or weakness in the upper arms
pain when moving the neck or turning the head
Herniated discs are the most common cause of pinched nerves in the neck, but diseases can also cause cervical radiculopathy to occur.
Cervical radiculopathy can usually be treated with nonsurgical approaches, including use of a soft cervical collar to support the neck and help reduce stress on the muscles and other soft tissues, physical therapy to strengthen and gently stretch the neck muscles, and oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to reduce pain and swelling. Injections of corticosteroids near the affected vertebra can also help by delivering medication directly to the area surrounding the affected disc. Many treatment plans include multiple approaches to achieve optimal results.
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