Neck pain (also known as cervicalgia) is a common medical complaint. Approximately two-thirds of the population has suffered from cervicalgia at least once in their lifetime. Discomfort in any of the structures of the neck can bring about neck discomfort.
Cervicalgia is typically caused by spasms or tightness in the neck muscles. But, the pain can also be caused by problems in the vertebral joints themselves due to aging or injury. In addition, certain diseases, such as degenerative disc disease and degenerative joint disease can cause discomfort and/or aches in the neck.
Poor posture is another cause commonly often associated with neck pain. The pain may be caused by sleeping in an unusual position, or it may be a chronic pain from spending too much time in a poor position (e.g. hunched over a computer all day for work). In the beginning, poor posture may only cause you temporary discomfort in the shoulders and neck, and may even cause minor headaches. Over time, however, poor posture can lead to excessive wear on the vertebrae resulting in the compression of nerves and possibly a herniated disc.
Symptoms of cervicalgia vary from person to person. Typically, there will be some kind of discomfort and/or muscle stiffness in the neck or shoulder area. Symptoms may also be accompanied by headaches, dizziness, fatigue and occasionally blurred vision.
At Advanced Pain Care, we offer a range of options for the treatment of neck pain. One of our doctors can discuss treatment options following consultation. We have locations in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Waco & Cedar Park to serve you. Call 512-244-4272to schedule an appointment. We look forward to speaking with you!