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what causes neck pain?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Too many to say: Neck pain is a very common complaint. Improper support of the neck while sleeping is common. Trauma of course is a cause. As we age or due to occupational reasons, the neck can degenerate and cause neck pain. Rheumatologic conditions can cause neckk pain. Too much to cover here. If a problem, you need a good evaluation, history and exam and nperhaps x-rays and other testing and then treatment.
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 23 years experience
See pain specialist: There can be several reasons for neck pain including disc degeneration or bulging, muscle inflammation/strain, facet joint arthritis/irritation, nerve irritation as well as tension and stress. A thorough physical exam and diagnostic studies will help determine what treatment will be best depending on your diagnosis. See a board certified pain specialist for evaluation.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: There are a lot of potential causes of neck pain. Arthritic conditions of the spine and myofascial pain syndromes are probably the two most common causes. Eachpotentially has different treatments. Thankfully, most cases respond to simple thinds such as rest, moist heat, and the use of antiinflammatories. If symptoms persist, seeing a professional to determine the cause is reasonable. Thanks.
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 16 years experience
Depends: Could be a herniated disc, muscle strain, faced joint or ligament sprain. Bad posture usually is to blame.
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
See below: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain. You can also get neck pain from a muscle strain. In some cases pain in the left side of the neck could be related to your heart so be sure to see you physician.
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Leanswered
Pain Management 17 years experience
Neck pain: The neck pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. I recommend you seeing help from a pain management doctor. You would benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment.
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Many: From degenerative disc disease to vertebral artery dissection to muscle tension to stress to occipital neuralgia the causes are numerous.
Dr. Atif Haque
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Causes of neck pain: Many things can cause neck pain, including degeneration/arthritis of the spine (including herniated discs, which usually cause arm symptoms also), fractures, tumors, instability (movement of the neck more than it's supposed to), and deformity.
Dr. TORY MCJUNKIN
Pain Management 19 years experience
Causes Neck pain: Neck pain can be caused by several of many structures in the cervical spine. They include: muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints, discs, and nerves. Neck pain can also radiate from other structures like the heart, trachea, esophagus, and blood vessels. If you're suffering see your primary care and they will begin to work things up to help you.
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 13 years experience
Arthritis: Disk herniation, improper posture leading to chronic muscle strain and irritation and a few other reasons.
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
See below: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and sometimes shoulder pain. You can also get neck pain from a muscle strain. In some cases pain in the left side of the neck could be related to your heart so be sure to see your physician if your pain does not improve

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