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Odenton, MD 21113
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Neck

Many conditions can cause neck pain. Often with neck pain there is a loss of motion, feelings of stiffness, weakness in the neck and arms, or headaches/jaw pain. All of these can lead to activity limitations and interfere with your life.

Our neck pain treatment program will be tailored to your specific problem and will include the following:

  • Rapid pain relief program and patient education on the neck (including its anatomy, risk factors for pain, and ways to manage neck pain in the short term at home)
  • Development of home treatment program
  • Manual therapy to normalize range of motion and muscle tone
  • Exercise to improve movement and strength

Some common conditions associated with the neck:

Neck Osteoarthritis: is chronic degeneration of the vertebrae in the cervical region of the spine, as well as the discs between these vertebrae. Neck osteoarthritis typically affects men and women over 40 and progressively worsens with age.

Symptoms may include:

  • Stiffness/pain in the neck and upper back that is worse in the morning, cold weather, or after activity
  • Limited motion and a “crunching” sensation in the neck with movement
  • Pain that radiates into the shoulders/arms

Whiplash: describes both a mechanism of injury and the symptoms caused by that injury. It is caused by trauma (a collision/fall) that forces the neck into sudden extension. The most common situation this occurs is in a car accident (MVC).

Symptoms may include:

  • Stiffness/pain in the neck and upper back
  • Pain in one or both arms, between the shoulder blades, the face and even the low back.
  • Other symptoms - usually called “whiplash associated disorders” (WAD) - include heaviness or tingling in the arms, dizziness, ringing in the ears, vision changes, fatigue, poor concentration or memory and difficulty sleeping.

Cervicogenic Headaches: are the medical term for headaches caused when muscle spasms/tightness in the neck refer pain up into the head. This is caused when the tight muscle restrict blood flow to the scalp/face, or put excess tension on connective tissue in there areas.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the upper neck that radiate to the jaw line, back of the skull, or temples
  • Tingling sensations through the scalp and jaw
  • Migraine-like headache symptoms that can worsen with neck use/movement

Cervical Disc degeneration: describes the process of breakdown that occurs in the discs between the cervical vertebrae. Often this is associated with osteoarthritis in the neck and can lead to disc “bulges” or disc herniations.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the neck described as a “pinch” with movement
  • Often consists of radiating pain (“burning”) in the shoulders and arms that corresponds to the nerves located at the level of the disc involved.
  • Limited motion and weakness in the neck and arms

Radiculopathy: is the term used to describe the “burning” or “aching” pain that refers away from the site of injury along the path of the involved nerve. In the neck, this pain travels down into the shoulders, arms, and hands. Radiculopathy can occur with all the above diagnosis and is really a symptom, not a diagnosed condition.

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