The Top Two Most Common Types of Neck Pain

The Top Two Most Common Types of Neck Pain | NASA MRI Blog

1. Muscle Strains

This is the most common type of neck pain. It results from improper-use or over-use of the muscles. Also commonly referred to as a muscle tear or pulled muscle, a muscle strain is a short term injury that usually does not require additional testing or imaging, and will heal in a short period of time.

Common Causes of Muscle Strains:

  • Repetitive activity Car Accidents (Whiplash)
  • Poor Posture
  • Overexertion
  • Poor flexibility

If you have experienced a common muscle strain treatment often includes rest, ice and compression to minimize swelling, anti-inflammatory medication, and plenty of warm-up stretches. While most muscle strains do not require medical attention, you know your body best, so don’t hesitate to meet with your physician if you feel that you should.

When to see a doctor for muscle strains:

  • You are having difficulty moving your arms and legs
  • You are experiencing numbness in the injured area
  • You are still experiencing pain after one week

You can help avoid muscles strains by practicing good posture, being careful when lifting heavy objects, exercising regularly, even losing weight can help if needed.

2. Nerve Compression

Nerve compression, or a pinched nerve, is the second most common complaint. Nerve Compressions are a bit more serious than a strain and are usually caused by a herniated disc or bone spurs in the vertebrae of your neck.

When the compression is severe enough it can press on the nerves which may cause numbness or tingling. Other symptoms of nerve compression include:

  • Feeling of pins and needles
  • Sharp, quick, severe pain
  • Weakness while performing certain accts
  • Numbness or tingling

It is important to advise your doctor about as many specifics as possible concerning the location and severity of your pain. Be sure to mention any head & neck movements that make your neck pain better or worse

Treatment for Nerve Compression

Treatment for a pinched nerve in the neck is individualized and dependent on the severity of the injury. Treatment may be as simple as anti-inflammatory meds to reduce swelling and physical therapy to help strengthen the muscles. If your nerve compression is more severe surgery may be required.

Neck Pain Treatment in Naples, Florida

Neuroscience & Spine Associates has the skill and technology to evaluate, diagnose, and treat your neck pain. Our specialists help you get back to an active lifestyle and provide you with the tools and support to stay healthy and avoid further injury.