Neck Pain Causes
Many patients seek pinched nerve in neck treatment after a car accident or sports injury that causes whiplash. You can also experience neck pain from twisting or repetitive motion, such as after repeatedly practicing or overextending on your golf swing, or after sleeping in an awkward position.
Certain injuries, disorders, and even everyday activities can cause the nerves in your neck to become pinched and irritated. Our pain specialists will listen to your symptoms and order an MRI to see if you have any of these conditions:
- Herniated disc. The discs that cushion your neck vertebrae, also called cervical spinal discs, can bulge, develop tears, or become displaced, resulting in neck pain.
- Spinal stenosis. Some people experience a narrowing in the area around their spinal column, a condition called spinal stenosis. This narrowing occurs when two vertebrae slip out of alignment, spinal ligaments thicken with age, bone spurs form, or inflammation from arthritis reduces the space for the spinal column. When this happens in the neck region, they feel spinal stenosis neck pain.
- Osteoporosis. When you experience a significant drop in bone density, the neck vertebrae can develop fractures. If your vertebrae weaken and become compressed, you may feel neck pain from pinched nerve. Fractures can also displace vertebrae, causing pressure on spinal nerves.
- Osteoarthritis. As you age, the cartilage in your spinal joints may become inflamed and begin to wear away. You lose the cushioning between your joints, which puts pressure on the nerves in your neck.