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What Is Causing My Neck Pain? Atlanta, GA
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Neck pain is a common complaint that affects millions of people worldwide. It can be caused by various factors, ranging from poor posture to underlying spine conditions. Understanding the potential spine conditions that contribute to neck pain and cervical radiculopathy can help individuals seek appropriate treatment and management strategies, which are available at Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians.

Cervical Spondylosis

One of the most prevalent spine conditions associated with neck pain is cervical spondylosis, also known as degenerative disc disease. This condition occurs when the discs between the vertebrae in the neck deteriorate with age, leading to decreased cushioning and increased friction between the bones. As a result, individuals may experience neck pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion.

Cervical Herniated Disc

Another common culprit of neck pain is a cervical herniated disc. This occurs when the inner gel-like substance of a spinal disc protrudes through the tough outer layer, pressing on nearby nerves. When a herniated disc affects the cervical spine, it can cause neck pain, along with symptoms such as radiating pain, numbness and weakness in the arms and hands, known as cervical radiculopathy.

Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Cervical spinal stenosis is another spine condition that can contribute to neck pain and cervical radiculopathy. This condition involves the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck, which can compress the spinal cord and nerve roots. As a result, individuals may experience neck pain, as well as symptoms such as tingling, weakness, and difficulty with balance and coordination.

Cervical Arthritis

Facet joint osteoarthritis, or cervical spondylosis, is another cause of neck pain. Facet joints are small joints located between adjacent vertebrae that help facilitate smooth movement of the spine. When these joints become inflamed due to arthritis or wear and tear, it can lead to neck pain, stiffness and reduced mobility.

In addition to these spine conditions, other factors can contribute to neck pain and cervical radiculopathy, including muscle strain, injury, poor posture and structural abnormalities such as scoliosis or kyphosis. These factors can put added stress on the cervical spine, leading to pain and discomfort.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Neck Pain

Diagnosing the underlying cause of neck pain and cervical radiculopathy typically involves a comprehensive evaluation by one of our spine specialists at Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians, which may include a physical examination, imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans, and nerve conduction studies.

Treatment for neck pain and cervical radiculopathy depends on the underlying cause and severity of symptoms but may include a combination of conservative measures such as rest, physical therapy, medications and injections to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. In more severe cases or when conservative treatments fail to provide relief, surgical intervention may be considered to address the underlying spine condition and alleviate pressure on the affected nerves.

Neck pain can be caused by various spine conditions, including cervical spondylosis, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and facet joint arthritis. Understanding the underlying cause of neck pain is essential for developing an effective treatment plan and managing symptoms effectively. If you are experiencing persistent or severe neck pain, schedule an appointment at Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians for proper evaluation and management.

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