Neck pains are quite common and most of the times there is nothing serious behind the pain, which will dissipate within a few days. You can strain the muscles in your neck due to poor posture, hunching over your work station, or leaning over your computer. There are several factors that can cause neck pain, which include a ‘pinched nerve’, arthritis, muscle strain, or even a car accident.

Neck pain isn’t a symptom of a serious problem, but if you experience numbness or loss of strength in your hands or arms, or there is shooting pain in your shoulder or down your arm, accompanied with neck pain, you should seek medical attention. There are several problems that can cause neck pain, while irritation in the nerve pathways can lead to pain in the hand, arm, head, and shoulder.

Most cases of neck pain will disappear after a few days, but if the pain persists for months, you could be suffering from an underlying medical condition that should be addressed. There are several symptoms that are associated with neck pain, which include the following:

What Causes Neck Pain?

Most cases of neck pain will disappear after a few days, but if the pain persists for months, you could be suffering from an underlying medical condition that should be addressed. There are several symptoms that are associated with neck pain, which include the following:

Headaches

Sometimes neck pain may also affect nerves and muscles connected to the head. This can be a tension headache caused by neck muscles tightening or it could be due to occipital neuralgia, where pinched occipital nerves in the neck can lead to pain radiating up into the scalp.

Stiff neck

You may experience difficulty in moving your neck and soreness, especially when you’re attempting to turn your head from side to side.

Extreme pain

This symptom can mainly be pain that is located in one spot and may feel as if it is stinging or stabbing. This type of pain generally occurs in the lower part of the neck.

Burning pain

The pain can tend to radiate throughout a nerve going from the neck and up into the arms and shoulders. The intensity of the pain can vary, and this nerve pain feels like searing or burning.

Tingling, weakness or numbness

You may experience these sensations beyond the neck since they can radiate into the finger, arm, or shoulder. You could also experience a ‘pins-and-needles’ sensation as well.

It can become difficult to sleep if neck pain symptoms don’t go away. The excruciating pain can interfere with your daily activities, like going to work and getting dressed, or activities that involve turning your head, like driving. If there is chronic neck pain, along with a tingling, numbness, and weakness, you should contact a physician promptly for further evaluation.

At Tallahassee Chiropractic and Injury Clinic Dr. Wainwright begins with x-rays and a thorough examination that will determine the root cause of the pain. He will then carefully design a plan to help start the long-term healing process. He will use NUCCA corrections and the latest spinal decompression technology to restore your body’s balance and put you on the road to recovery, so you have a healthy neck and back for life.

We focus on Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression and NUCCA Protocols exclusively!

Want an expert on your health team? Call our office today at (850) 222-1171.

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