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Pain in the Neck

Pain in the Neck

Pain in the neck is a common medical condition that comes from numerous illnesses and injuries from accidents. Fortunately, most of the time it can be cured immediately.

In some severe cases such as a car crash or contact sports, neck pain can lead to a serious injury and will very much need a doctor’s consultation.

pain in the neck

If you feel any numbness or any shooting pain in your shoulder, arms and hands along with the pain in the neck, it is vital that you seek a doctor’s help.

Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Tingling in the arms
  • Muscle pain
  • Fever
  • Stiff neck
  • Throat pain or sore throat
  • Tenderness or loss of strength in the arms
  • Numbness
  • Inability to move the head
  • Dizziness
  • Facial pain
  • Shoulder pain

Causes that may need serious medical care:

  1. Heart attack can cause pain in the neck, and is a very serious condition. Symptoms could be shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, sweating and arm or jaw pain. Call an ambulance immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
  2. Meningitis is a disease caused by viral, bacterial or fungal infection in the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms are stiff neck, headache and fever. This is a fatal condition and requires immediate attention.
  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis causes swelling of joints and bone spurs that can take place in the neck.
  4. Osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones that usually occurs in the hands or knees, sometimes happens in the neck.
  5. Fibromyalgia is muscle pain over the entire body but mostly occurs in the neck and shoulder region.
  6. Spondylosis, also known as neck osteoarthritis, is the degeneration of cervical disks that usually happens when we age.
  7. Herniated cervical disk or ruptured or slipped disk may add pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots.
  8. Spinal Stenosis can be caused by long-term inflammation of the nerve roots or spinal cord due to arthritis.

Other (rare) conditions that may cause pain in the neck:

  1. Congenital abnormalities
  2. Infections
  3. Tumors
  4. Abscesses
  5. Cancer of the spine

For all of these cases, it is very important to consult a doctor or a specialist that can help in treating these conditions. Always seek medical help when you experience any of these illnesses.

Prevention

Stretching and neck exercises are effective ways in preventing neck pain. Athletes are bound to stretch their muscles and veins before they engage in any sport. Using neck pillows while resting is also a great way to prevent pain in the neck especially when staying in one position, not only at home but also when traveling. Drive carefully to prevent any motor vehicle accidents. Eat healthy food like fruits, vegetables and protein that will help mend any damaged tissues and nerves. And lastly, stay in a stress-free environment to sustain good emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

Treatment

Treatments will range from spinal adjustment to taking anti-inflammatory drugs. They may include rest, hot or cold compress, chiropractic treatment such as traction (spine adjustment) for pressure relief on the spine, soft-collar traction, topical pain-relief patches, topical painkilling cream, injection of cortisone (steroid drug) or painkillers, muscle relaxants, and surgery for severe cases.

Acupuncture is an alternative treatment especially for chronic pain.

Self-care treatments include hot tub method, neck exercises, stretching such as yoga, and using neck pillows and hot pads.

Who can treat neck pain?

There are so many doctors and specialists that are experts in this department. The list includes family medicine doctors, internists, orthopedists, rheumatologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, ENT specialists, emergency physicians, physiatrists, and chiropractors. Also qualified to treat are physical therapists, massage therapists and acupuncturists.

Related Articles:

Neck Pain and Its Treatment by Dr. Sanjay Trivedi
Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain by Dr. Luz Senan
Do You Have Tech Neck? by Dr. Kristy Donnelly

Resources:
1. “Neck Pain,” Mayo Clinic; last accessed July 17, 2020
2. Neck Pain: Possible Causes and How to Treat It, Healthline; last accessed July 17, 2020
3. Neck Pain (Cervical Pain),
Medical Author: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR/Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD; Healthline

Dr. Allamm Morales, M.D.
Neurologist

Dr. Allamm Morales has over 15 years experience in personal injury and a wide range of neurological disorders. He has privilege, and provides patient care in local Baptist hospitals.

He was Chief Resident at the Neurology Residency Program of the University of South Florida, and worked at the Florida Hospital of New Smyrna, and St. Luke Hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He also served many years with the Florida Neurology Institute, Inc.

Dr. Morales is a Diplomate of the American Board of Vascular Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Morales studied in Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL, had residency at the Caibarien General Hospital, Cuba, and obtained the MD degree at the Superior Institute of Medical Science in Cuba.

Fiaz Jaleel, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehab, Pain Management

“Life is short and precious. As a Physiatrist and Pain Physician my goal for my patients is to reduce their pain and suffering, enhance form, improve function and ultimately promote the best quality of life for that individual.”

Dr. Fiaz Jaleel graduated from the University of The West Indies in 1987. He completed a two year internship at Port of Spain General Hospital in Trinidad and Tobago. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL and went on to do a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis , MO. In 2007, Dr. Jaleel joined the team at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians as Medical Director. He is currently Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine via the American Board of Pain Medicine.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Jaleel held positions as an Intern, House officer, and District Medical Officer. He has also practiced in Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota and Central and North Florida.

While practicing in Trinidad , Dr. Jaleel also worked in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Neonatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and Community Medicine.

Dr. Jaleel has encountered many diseases, disorders and clinical situations related to multiple aspects of trauma including penetrating and non-penetrating injuries, motor vehicular accidents and concomitant injuries including intra-abdominal injuries, closed head injuries, fractures and burns.

When not treating his patients, Dr. Jaleel enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Jaleel has the following affiliations:
Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, American Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, Florida Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Medical Association

Deric L. D’Agostino, D.C.
Chiropractic Physician

“The health of a body is in direct proportion to the health of its nervous system. The nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body, tap into that and “miracles” will most certainly happen!”

Dr. Deric D’Agostino attended the Logan College of Chiropractic and has been helping patients at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians for the past nine years. Around here we call him “Dr. D.”

Dr. D’Agostino specializes in Koren Specific Technique and in the treatment of injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. He is a master of his craft and firmly believes that chiropractic treatment can not only help the body but also the mind. His sense of humor and the personal attention that he provides really puts patients at ease.

Dr. D’Agostino genuinely listens to the patient while working very hard to erase their pain-inducing symptoms. He is always seeking out continuing education and new methodology to add to his care repertoire.

When he is not helping patients find relief, Dr. D’Agostino enjoys training for sprint triathlons, gardening, as well as being an awesome father and husband. You will most likely find him at our Arlington location dawning a huge smile while drinking his homemade juice.

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