Injury or malfunction in any of the intricate muscles, vertebrae, ligaments and numerous other structures of the neck can create significant pain. Doctors sometimes refer to this discomfort as cervical pain, and many of its varied sources are treated at Manhattan Sports Medicine.
Neck pain can result from disorders of any of the structures in the neck, including the cervical vertebrae and intervertebral discs, nerves and muscles. Neck pain arises from numerous different conditions and is sometimes referred to as cervical pain.
Normally, disks act as shock absorbers cushioning your vertebrae from each other as you move. A herniated disk is a disk that has bulged out from its proper place and no longer cushions the vertebrae, causing pain and loss of motion.
Whiplash - Neck Strain
A strain of the neck or the muscles around the cervical spine is often called whiplash. Such a strain injury occurs when there is sudden extension and flexion of the neck.
Cervical Spinal Stenosis
With age, injury, poor posture or diseases like arthritis, there can be damage to the bone or joints of the cervical spine.
Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one spinal segment 'slips' away from another. Spondylolisthesis is most commonly seen with degenerative (aging) changes of the spine, but there may be other causes.
Discogenic Neck Pain
Cervical disc pain is a common form of neck pain, caused by protrusion of one or more of the discs in the neck towards the spinal cord or nerve roots. Cervical disc herniations can also cause shoulder or arm pain, along with neurological symptoms such as arm or leg weakness or sensory problems.