Dr. Dan Albright, Orthopedic Surgeon from Raleigh, North Carolina, discusses the symptoms of neck pain and when you need to see a doctor. How do you tell if your neck pain is just a pulled muscle or something more serious? Find out by watching this video.
Dr. Dan Albright, orthopedic surgeon in Raleigh, NC discusses the different underlying causes of neck pain. There can be many causes from muscle strain to cancer. Dr. Albright discusses how to alleviate mild neck pain and when to see a doctor.
There are several reasons you can hurt in your neck. The most common is myofascial. Myofascial means muscles and ligaments and tendons are inflamed, strained, sprained. A lot of people have that. That can be a result of physical strain, mental strain, a lot of people get cricks in their neck and sometimes it’s ergonomics.
It’s how you sit at your computer, how you watch the television, how you drive, how you work at your desk. So you want to be thinking about muscles and if your muscles are aching what can do you do different, differently. Stretch, stand up, change your work position. Use different habits. Exercise.
So the most common reason people hurt in their neck is myofascial. Which is muscular and ligament problems and strain. The other is aging.
You know aging is real. It is more than just a joke. We joke about aging, but your neck gets stiffer. The discs get drier. You get bone spurs. And your neck aches from arthritis. We don’t have the cure for arthritis, but you can try to keep your muscles strong. Same concept here. You want to stretch, you want to walk, you want to change positions. An arthritic neck just gets stiffer so you want to move.
So those are the two main reasons people hurt. Physical stress and mental stress, actually, which affect the muscles and then just aging changes arthritis.
Then you have less frequent problems, like a herniated disc can cause neck pain. And pain or nerve pain going to the shoulder blade, scapula, the shoulder, down the arm – that’s nerve pain.
There can be trauma, you can be in a car accident and have a fracture that can cause neck pain. Cancer can cause neck pain. That’s very unusual.
So by far the dominant reasons are muscle strain and arthritis. Those are the main reasons.
If you have pain persisting you need to see your general medical doctor or an orthopedic spine surgeon.
For more information contact Dr. Dan Albright by calling 919-863-6808.