Neck pain can make it difficult to go about our daily activities. It can make accomplishing some tasks seem impossible. Is there anything that can be done to relieve neck pain?
Our pain management experts at Cayman Neurology have many years of experience treating those who have neck pain. We are here to help!
Contact our office in the Cayman Islands today for the support you need! But first, let us go over some of the basics.
Cayman Neurology and Pain Management
Neck pain is pain that can be felt in or around your cervical spine (the spine beneath your head). If you experience pain that is primarily concentrated in your neck, you may have axial neck pain. If you experience shooting pain that expands from your neck and shoulder and down to your arms, you may have radicular neck pain.
The time frame of how long neck pain can last will vary from person to person, depending on their condition and the root cause of the discomfort. Neck pain can either be acute (lasting from just a few days to 6 weeks) or chronic (lasting more than 3 months and even several years).
There are many different medical conditions and injuries that can cause neck pain. Some of the most common causes of neck pain can be found below.
Additionally, there are some rare instances in which neck pain can be caused by bone spurs, tumors, or cysts. Other conditions, such as cancer, meningitis, or rheumatoid arthritis, can also cause pain.
If you have neck pain, you may experience:
If left untreated, your discomfort can interfere with many of your daily activities, causing them to be carried out with great difficulty. Pain in your neck can also reduce your quality of life, so seeking the expertise of a medical professional is highly advisable.
If you experience severe neck pain after a fall or trauma, seek immediate attention from a medical professional.
To diagnose your neck pain properly, your specialist will first thoroughly review your medical history and have you complete a physical exam. During the exam, your specialist will feel and maneuver your neck to locate your discomfort and identify any issues.
Special imaging tests may also be used to get a diagnostic view. These tests include:
Other tests that look more closely at your spine or the discs in your spine may be recommended. This may also include checking the function of your nerves and muscle response, as well as locating the source of your pain.
The good news is that neck pain can be treated! However, the recommended treatment can vary depending on the root cause of your condition. Some of the conservative therapies used to treat neck pain include:
Generally, it is possible to feel relief from your neck pain within just a few days. However, if you have injured your neck in any way and want an expert opinion, seek the assistance of one of our specialists. They can provide the treatment you need to help relieve your neck pain.
Pain can make life difficult, but we can help. Schedule an appointment with Cayman Neurology located in the Cayman Islands today!