Neck Injuries Cause Chronic Neck Pain
Updated: Aug 25, 2020
Neck Pain is NOT Normal!
Pain is the way your body tells you that it is, or has been, injured in some way! The most common cause of neck pain is from an old or new injury to the spinal ligaments that causes a spinal instability.
It is absolutely key working with a doctor that knows how to diagnose it! At DuPage Health and Physical Therapy, this condition is one of our main focuses. We know how important it is to see an injured patient right away as time matters! The longer this condition goes undiagnosed, the harder it is to alleviate.
Dr. Fay will perform physical and neurological exams. In the physical exam, the doctor will observe your posture, range of motion, and physical condition, noting movement that causes pain. Dr. Fay will feel your spine, note its curvature and alignment, and feel for muscle spasm. A check of your shoulder area may also be performed. During the neurological exam, Dr. Fay will test your reflexes, muscle strength, other nerve changes, and pain spread.
In some instances, the doctor might order tests to help diagnose your condition. An x-ray can show narrowed disc space, fractures, bone spurs, or arthritis. A computerized axial tomography scan (a CT or CAT scan) or a magnetic resonance imaging test (an MRI) can show bulging discs and herniation. If nerve damage is suspected, the doctor may order a special test called electromyography (an EMG) to measure how quickly your nerves respond.
Neck pain is the number three cause of chronic pain in the country. If you suffer from chronic neck pain, you are not to blame!
Nearly 60% of Americans said they would be hesitant to talk to a doctor about their chronic pain. We don’t blame you one bit! Most people simply do not know a doctor that they can trust to provide them with the kind of help that they are looking for.
We believe that trust starts with communication, and communication is FREE! At DuPage Health and Physical Therapy, we feel that any potential patient should have the right to discuss their injury or condition with Dr. Fay, before they spend any of their time or resources with us.
If you or someone that you know has injured their spine, or are experiencing neck pain or discomfort, give us a call at 630-961-0259 we are located in Naperville, IL. We can help!
Injury and Chronic pain can seriously affect a person’s life and yet, in our experience, people are generally too quick to believe that just any doctor can help! Find out what makes us different before you start by calling us today!