Most episodes of neck pain are due to muscle strain or soft tissue sprain (ligaments, tendons), but it can also be caused by a sudden force (whiplash). These types of neck pain often improve with time and non-surgical care such as medication and chiropractic manipulation. But if neck pain continues or worsens, there is often a specific condition that requires treatment, such as cervical degenerative disc diseasecervical herniated disc, cervical stenosis, or cervical arthritis.

Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) refers to impaired function of the spinal cord caused by degenerative changes of the discs and facet joints acquired in adult life.

Several anatomical structures in the upper cervical region are the common sources of cervicogenic headache (CGH). Certain postures, activities, sports, and occupations are associated with a risk of causing CGH.

Cervicogenic headache (CGH) causes a dull ache in the neck and head. CGH symptoms also include reduced neck movements, radiating pain and more.

Various conditions can cause chronic neck pain. Here are the common causes of chronic neck pain, as well as some uncommon causes.

Although neck strains are the most common cause of neck pain, there are several conditions that may lead to either acute and chronic neck pain.

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by compression (pinching) of the ulnar nerve as it passes through the cubital tunnel in the arm (elbow).
Physicians will need to obtain a complete profile of the patient's symptoms, medical history, and imaging results in order to accurately diagnose cervical osteoarthritis.
If a patient shows signs of cervical radiculopathy, such as tingling, weakness, or numbness in the shoulder, arm or hand, a doctor will likely conduct an exam.
Many different causes of neck pain can present with similar symptoms. Getting an accurate neck pain diagnosis can be crucial for developing a treatment plan that works.
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