13 Sep What causes Chronic Neck pain?
Neck pain that persists more than three months is considered chronic neck pain. Chronic neck pain can be the result of problems in the cervical spine discs or facet joints.
Chronic neck pain can be caused due to –
Cervical herniated disc
An intervertebral disc in the cervical region may herniate due to degeneration because of injury or aging. Such a ruptured disc may press against a cervical nerve, or the inflammatory proteins of the disc’s nucleus may cause irritation in the nerve.
Cervical degenerative disc disease
The cervical spine undergoes wear and tear with time. This makes them lose hydration and the ability to cushion the vertebrae. Extensive degeneration can result in irritation of a cervical nerve and pain.
Osteoarthritis is the result of the articular cartilage in a facet joint wearing down. In the cervical spine, this can enlarge the joint due to bone spur growth and inflammation, pressing against a nearby nerve.
Cervical foraminal stenosis
The foramina or holes in the vertebra narrow down, causing nerve root irritation.
Cervical spinal stenosis with myelopathy
When the nerve compression results in lack of coordination in the arms, legs, hands, and feet, and weakness, it could be due to cervical stenosis with myelopathy.
Pain management specialists focus on non- and minimally invasive treatments to relieve neck pain.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment at the Chandler pain clinic, call Desert Interventional Spine Consultants (DISC) at 480-838-1914. Pain management doctors at East Valley Pain Center are committed to providing the highest quality spine care with cutting edge interventional pain treatments and precise diagnostic tests.