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Neck Injuries

Neck injuries can be mild or severe. Day to day movements of the neck can cause ligamentous tears and arthritic changes in the cervical spine. More severe injuries can come from sports, home accidents, work related issues and recreational injuries.

Neck pain can be like stiffness, a sharp pain in the neck or a “kink” in the neck. The pain can travel to the shoulders, head or down the back. It can hurt more on one side of the body than the other and there can be limitations to the overall movement of the neck from side to side and from forward and back.

When referring to the neck, one is referring to the vertebrae of the neck, the intervertebral disks that absorb shock between the vertebrae, muscles around the neck and the ligaments that hold the cervical spine together.

Neck pain can be caused by a number of activities, including:

  • Leaning your head forward to look at a computer screen or to read.
  • Using a pillow that is too flat or too high
  • Sleeping on your stomach with neck twisted.
  • Stress from life circumstances.
  • Certain exercises and working conditions.

You can have sudden injuries to the neck. For example, you can trip and fall a short distance or can suddenly twist the spine. You can get whiplash from a motor vehicle accident, from falls at a great height, from direct blows to the head, from sports injuries, from a penetrating trauma to the neck and in situations like a strangulation attempt.

The pain from a sudden injury to the neck can be severe and come on quickly. There can be the relatively quick onset of swelling and bruising. The injury can come on and can affect the muscles or ligaments of the neck in what can be termed a sprain or strain. You can have aching pain and stiffness in a muscle sprain. A pinched nerve will often show up as shooting pains heading down the arm. It is a bigger problem if shooting pains go down the neck and arms on both sides of the spine.

If you have a fracture/dislocation of the spine, you can get an injury to the spinal cord that can lead to paralysis. This is why immobilization is so important following an acute trauma. If a disc has ruptured and if the tear is big enough, the nucleus pulposus will leak out and push on the spinal cord. Headaches are often associated with nausea, vomiting and neck pain.

Symptoms of a spinal cord trauma include numbness, tingling, paralysis, or weakness of the arms and/or legs. There can be problems controlling the muscles and a lack of bladder or bowel control.

Neck pain might not be injury-related. It can come from arthritis due to a lifetime of wear and tear. The arthritis can pinch a nerve. Neck pain can be related to a case of meningitis, which is either bacterial or viral. Inflammation can build up to the area of the spinal cord and can cause a headache, fever, vomiting and a stiff neck. The flu can cause a stiff neck similar to having a case of meningitis. In such cases the stiffness is not just associated with the neck. Certain kinds of heart attach can show up as chest pain and neck pain together. Just being stressed and tensed can lead to neck pain. There is a condition known as torticollis in which there is a permanent shift of the head to one side. It tends to last several days. It can present itself as a congenital problem that needs therapy to resolve.

There is treatment for neck pain that is different for different situations. First aid measures are used along with physical therapy and chiropractic care. Muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medications can be used with surgery as a last resort. The overall treatment varies according to the location and severity of the condition along with the patient’s age, health status and activity level.

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