The neck, also known as the cervical spine, is comprised of the seven vertebrae at the top of the spinal column. Tension and muscular soreness are extremely common in people who have stressful jobs, work long hours, or spend excessive time driving or working on a computer. Tension in the neck is a very common cause of headaches known as “cervicogeneic” headaches.
What Causes Neck Pain?
The neck is the most flexible region of the spine, containing muscles, bones, nerves, arteries, and veins, as well as many ligaments and other supporting structures. Neck pain can begin in any of these structures or may come from other regions near the neck, like the shoulder, jaw, head, and upper arms. Injury or stress can cause damage to the bones and discs in the neck, causing pain, discomfort, numbness and/or tingling sensations. The neck also has many muscles and connective tissues that can be adversely affected by stretching, spasm, or strain. Sudden injury from sports or accidents, herniated discs, blood vessel damage and pressure on the spinal cord are conditions that require medical attention, while less serious causes like stress, poor posture, natural aging, and too much exercise can also produce neck pain.
According to the American College of Rheumatology, about 10% of the population has an episode of neck pain each year. Neck pain may occur slightly more frequently in women than in men.
How Do We Treat Neck Pain?
Our physicians and chiropractors specialize in treating neck pain and the disorders that cause pain. Our physical therapists are experts in neck rehabilitation and will help you learn how you can help yourself recover. Whether your neck pain comes from simple wear and tear, accident or injury, the professionals at San Diego Spine & Rehab will diagnose and treat it using cutting-edge technology and the finest medical attention.
If you are experiencing neck pain, please contact us to help relieve your pain and cure its cause.