Neck pain (or cervicalgia) is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives. It is frequently associated with headaches, upper back and shoulder pain.
Neck pain may arise due to numerous causes: muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back; arthritis (both age-related, degenerative) as well as inflammatory (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus); pinching of the nerves originating from the cervical spine; and trauma, frequently associated with high-impact incidents (car accidents-whiplash or lifting).
A series of diagnostic steps, including a thorough discussion about the initial circumstances, a targeted examination and a battery of tests and procedures are very effective in identifying the culprit.
Treatment is frequently very effective, combining carefully chosen medicines, interventions and aggressive training and rehabilitation.
We may be able to bypass the need for surgery and allow a timely return to regular activities and improved quality of life.