Pain in the neck, also called cervical pain, is often a dull, aching feeling that gets worse when you move your head. Neck pain can come with headaches, facial pain, and muscle spasms.
Neck pain is acute (a sudden, intense pain that lasts a few days to a few weeks) or chronic (lasts more than a few months). Common causes of neck pain include:
- Overuse, strenuous activity, or improper use (such as repetitive or heavy lifting)
- Fractures due to compression or dislocation
- Trauma or injury, like whiplash
- Degeneration or break down of the vertebrae, disc, or cartilage due to stress, normal “wear and tear,” or aging
- Infection in the bone or spinal fluid
- Abnormal growth such as a tumor or bone spur
- Poor posture or sleeping position
- Muscle and ligament sprains, strains, or tears
- Herniated disc between the vertebrae
- Pinched or compressed nerve
- Congenital (present at birth) abnormalities
Why Choose UHealth?
Multispecialty care with teams built around your condition. Our rehabilitation team works closely with orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, and neurosurgeons, and many other specialists to customize your treatment plan. We have special expertise in conditions that cause neck pain, such as neuromuscular diseases, sports injuries, and cervical spine disorders.
Leading-edge non-surgical and minimally invasive therapies for neck pain. You have access to the latest approaches to managing chronic pain, including neurostimulation and neuromusculoskeletal ultrasound-guided injections, all in one place.