Causes
Neck pain is often a result of over use of the muscles and ligaments in the neck from sports and recreational activities, work or household chores. It is generally characterized by stiffness, a kink or severe pain in the neck, shoulders, upper back and/or arms. Neck pain can also be caused by stress, trauma or injury or may be a symptom of the flu or meningitis. Another common cause of neck pain is chronic neck hyperextension or flexion in desk jobs associated with extended computer usage.  

Neck Strain
A neck strain refers to the pain resulting from a spasm of the muscles or inflammation of the joints in the neck. Shooting pains through the arms, hands and fingers may indicate a pinched nerve in the neck. Mild neck strains or sprains can be treated with home remedies and over-the-counter medications. More severe cases may require prescription medication, physical therapy and, in the most severe cases, surgery.

Cervical Pain
The neck houses and protects the top portion of the spine, known as the cervical spine. It is possible to fracture or dislocate bones in the cervical spine through injury or trauma, which can lead to paralysis. This type of injury requires immediate medical attention.

Diagnosis
If you’re suffering from chronic neck pain or have had a neck injury, please have your regular physician order a CT or MRI to rule out a cervical disc or spur that is compressing one of the nerve rootlets that pass through the cervical bone openings on each side of your neck. If there is no physical nerve compression, neck bone spur or fracture noted, medical acupuncture can often provide pain relief for patients with chronic neck pain patient.

Dr. Sciacca is a board certified medical acupuncturist. Please see our website section that describes medical acupuncture; and contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sciacca if interested in this type of therapy.

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