Neck Pain Is Debilitating
Neck pain is one of the most debilitating pains a person can have. From the tingling fingers causing you to drop stuff to not being able to turn your head without immense pain, neck pain causes a poor quality of life. If you are suffering from neck pain you may feel pain down the shoulders and into the hands. You may also have trouble lying down due to crippling pain or you may be constantly dropping stuff due to weak or numb hands.
At Key Clinics, we offer revolutionary new treatments for neck issues such as cervical disk conditions and injuries.
Suffering From Neck Pain? See What Dr. Siegal Has To Say
Neck Pain Can Be a Complex Problem
You woke up and your neck was stiff. Okay, no big deal, you probably just slept in an awkward position, right? Often, we can get a stiff neck from sleeping awkwardly but when the pain lasts more than a day or two it’s likely that there is something more complicated going on.
When you consider that the neck consists of muscles, nerves, ligaments, and vertebrae/bones and sits between the head, shoulders, and arms, you can see that neck pain can be a complex problem.
There are so many things that can go wrong inside the neck that if you’re experiencing pain, you need a specialist like Dr. Siegal to properly diagnose the issue.
Symptoms of Neck Pain
Every person is unique and has different experiences with neck pain. However, most people describe symptoms such as:
- Muscle spasms and tightness
- Decreased ability to turn the head from side to side
- Worsening pain when holding the head still in one position for too long
- Numb/tingling fingers
- The inability to lift the arms
- Pain down the shoulders and arms
- Dropping stuff due to numb or weak fingers, hands, and arms
If you have any of the persisting symptoms listed above, contact Key Clinics. Our professional medical staff has the experience, expertise, and advanced technology to identify the cause and treat the problem. You may need immediate medical care if your neck pain becomes intense, continues longer than three days, radiates down your arms or legs, or is accompanied by a severe headache, tingling, weakness, or numbness.
Causes of Neck Pain
Among the most common reasons for someone to develop pain in the cervical spine include:
- Medical Conditions – Potentially dangerous diseases such as meningitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer can cause neck pain. In some cases, early diagnosis and proper treatment could save your life.
- Trauma – Any quick back and forth movement, or “whiplash”, after a motor vehicle crash can cause pain in the neck region. That type of motion can stretch and damage soft tissues including muscles, nerves, and ligaments.
- Muscle Strain – Muscles can get inflamed, irritated, or spasm in patients who sit in front of a computer, talk on the phone, watch television for an extended period of time or lift heavy objects. Even something as simple as sitting up in bed to read a book, knitting, crocheting, or gritting/grinding your teeth can cause neck pain.
- Degenerative Joints/Discs – As people age, their body parts can degenerate or wear out, including the discs and joints (called facets) in the neck. Known as cervical spondylosis, patients with this condition experience the discs between the vertebrae, the discs between the vertebrae in the front of the cervical spine and the joints in the back of the neck dry out and develop calcium spikes or spurs that can put pressure on nerves and limit range of motion. This can cause tremendous neck pain.
- Compressed Nerves – Bone spurs and herniated discs can “squish” nerves and nerve roots. This can cause you to experience neck pain and discomfort radiating into your arms and hands.
Preventing Neck Pain
At Key Clinics, we encourage the prevention of neck pain. Because poor posture can play a significant role in neck pain, making a few body position adjustments can do wonders. For example, sitting or standing up straight can reduce neck pain substantially. If you have a job where you sit in one position for a long time, taking periodic breaks to move around and stretch shoulder and neck muscles can also be beneficial.
Other recommendations include adjusting your chair at work to the appropriate height for your desk and computer and also using a phone headset instead of resting the phone between your shoulder and chin when talking. Not smoking reduces the rate of degeneration of the spine and can help prevent neck pain over time.
The Revolutionary Orthofix Cervical Disc Replacement
If you’ve been struggling with pain in the neck and numbness in the hands, you may be suffering from a bad disc in the neck. You may also be fed up with the pain and tired of taking medication or getting injections that aren’t working. You may be to the point where you will do just about anything for relief.
In the past, fusion surgery was one of the only ways to treat a bad disc in the neck. After having a fusion, the patient would have to go through a long recovery and often, the pain would not completely go away.
The M6-C Artificial Disc created by Orthofix is a game-changer.
Orthofix’s artificial disc allows for easy disc replacement, a shorter recovery period, and quick symptom relief.
Professional Diagnosis and Treatment
To determine the source of your neck pain and the best treatment, contact Key Clinics. The entire staff is dedicated to helping patients just like you. Call us or schedule an appointment online today.