About neck pain.
Neck pain includes any discomfort that affects your neck, or cervical spine. This may range from a dull aching sensation to electric shock-like pain that travels into your arms, upper back, or head.
Neck pain is common and not always a serious health problem. However, you shouldn’t ignore it if it’s ongoing and affects your daily routine. Chronic neck pain may be a symptom of an underlying spinal condition.
What causes neck pain?
Common causes include poor posture, injuries, or degenerative conditions that affect the structure of your cervical spine.
Conditions that cause severe or chronic neck pain include:
- Herniated disc
- Cervical stenosis
- Nerve compression
- Degenerative disc disease
Though not as common, spinal tumors, cancer, and infections may also cause neck pain.
What happens during a neurosurgeon’s evaluation?
Dr. Nkrumah takes a well-rounded, personalized approach to care. You can expect a comprehensive and patient-focused exam when you visit Nkrumah Neurosurgery & Spine for a neck pain evaluation.
Dr. Nkrumah asks detailed questions about your symptoms, medical history, and family history. He also asks about your typical day, including your workday, to identify any activities that might trigger your neck pain.
He evaluates your spine, looking for sources of pain and areas of redness and inflammation. Dr. Nkrumah also orders imaging tests, such as CT scans, X-rays, or MRIs, to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis.