Symptoms Associated with a Neck Condition
The top part of the spine called the “Cervical Spine” is what we generally think of as our neck. The top three joints allow for most movement of the neck and head. The lower joints in the neck and those of the upper back create a supportive structure for your head to sit on. If this support system is affected adversely, especially due to an auto accident, the muscles in the area will tighten, bringing the cervical spine out of alignment, leading to neck pain.
It is important to note that neck pain can include a variety of sensations such as a dull ache, tingling, tenderness, sharp, shooting pain, numbness, or tenderness. Additionally, neck conditions can cause swallowing difficulties, swishing sounds in the head, dizziness, and lightheadedness.
Possible Causes of Neck Pain
If you’ve recently been involved in an automobile or work-related accident, it is likely that you know exactly what is causing your pain; however, when there has been no apparent trauma, it can be more difficult to pinpoint. There are numerous issues that can cause symptoms including degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, facet arthritis, disc bulges and herniations, and of course, the types of trauma we see in car accidents.
Neck pain due to a recent automobile accident, chronic issues manifested over time from an old injury, muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back, or pinching of the nerves emanating from the cervical vertebrae are all causes for concern and need to be fully and properly evaluated.