Neck pain is a common complaint, with disc disease or whiplash possibly being the cause of your discomfort. It is important to see Dr. Carney who will evaluate and properly diagnose the source of your neck pain.
Cervical Disc Disease
Cervical disc disease is a common cause of neck pain and is frequently accompanied by radiating arm pain. Disc disease develops when one or more cushioning discs, located in the cervical spine, start to break down. This is simply due to wear and tear. It is a degenerative process that can also cause numbness and weakness in the shoulders, arms, and hands.
The most telling symptoms of disc disease are persistent neck pain and a stiff neck. When pressure is exerted on the nerves running through the spinal cord, that’s when you may experience pain, numbness, or weakness in your shoulders, arms or hands.
Diagnosing disc disease requires a medical exam, a review of your medical history, determining when your symptoms started, evaluating how severe they are, and discovering what causes them to improve or worsen. Neurological exams to test your strength and reflexes are implemented, as well.
Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when there is a forceful back and forth movement of the neck, similar to the cracking of a whip. Whiplash can occur from a sports accident or physical abuse, but most often is the result of an auto accident. Seventy percent of patients with symptoms from a whiplash injury will have damage to the joints (facets) in their neck.
Signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, worsening of pain with movement, loss of range of motion, headaches, and tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms. It is important to receive prompt medical attention in order to get the best outcome from your injury.