Why Is Neck Pain So Common?

At Laser Spine Institute we understand the pain, frustration and urgency you feel in association with your neck pain. A large percentage of American adults will experience some type of neck pain during their lives. After treating more than 75,000 of these patients, we know that the first step for many people in finding relief is understanding the pain, causes and available treatment options.

Causes of neck pain

As with most types of new onset pain, the most common type of neck pain can be attributed to muscular strain or ligament sprains. Because the neck holds the weight of the head, the muscles and ligaments can often become stressed or overextended when increased pressure is placed upon them. This can also be caused by overuse, bad posture or injury.

Additional causes of neck pain can include spinal conditions. Though common, these conditions can cause debilitating pain and symptoms, which can keep patients from enjoying the quality of life that they deserve. These include:

  • Facet disease
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bulging discs
  • Bone spurs

These conditions are often asymptomatic on their own, but when they cause the spinal cord or surrounding nerves to become compressed or irritated patients may experience chronic and severe pain.

Why doesn’t neck pain stay in the neck?

The neck is home to a number of nerves that travel through the body to control the reflexes and muscles in the hands, shoulders and arms. Compression of these nerves can cause radiating symptoms and chronic pain. The most common pain and symptoms include:

  • Weakness
  • Radiating tingling in hands or arms
  • Radiating numbness in hands or arms
  • Radiating pain
  • Burning sensations
  • Trouble using hands or arms without pain

Treatment for neck pain

Suffering from neck pain can ruin your ability to enjoy daily activities. Most physicians recommend looking into conservative treatment options prior to undergoing any type of surgery for your neck pain. These treatments can include physical therapy, medication, injections, massage or swimming.

If after exhausting all conservative options you are still experiencing disabling pain, do not wait to find the relief that you deserve. Specializing in minimally invasive procedures, our expert surgeons are skilled in treating a variety of the most common neck conditions. To receive a review of your most recent MRI or CT scan, contact Laser Spine Institute today to see if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.