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Treatment for any neck condition is recommended as soon as possible to minimize the danger of further aggravation. The following is a list of only some of the conditions that may cause neck pain and is not a substitute for a visit to your doctor:

Radiculopathy
- A pinched nerve, often from a herniated, or slipped, disk. This causes pain down the arm that's often described as an electrical feeling.

Myofascial Pain -
Generally an aching pain in muscles that tends to be associated with poor posture, sitting at a computer or other job-related tasks. Patients can become sore in different parts of the body like the neck and arms, and often patients report they have difficulty sleeping or feeling restored from sleep.

Spinal Stenosis -
A narrowing of the nerve openings either around the spinal cord or nerve roots that can cause symptoms similar to a pinched nerve. The pain is described either as an aching or an electrical feeling down the arm.

Tendon, Ligament and Soft Tissue Pain
- Localized pain when an area is stretched or its muscles are overused. This results in tenderness.

Spinal Instability
- Increased motion between vertebra, usually resulting from an injury. The pain typically feels like tingling in the neck or arms.

Non-Spinal Causes of Neck Pain -
Pain imitating a neck injury, but from another cause. Shoulder and elbow injuries and gall bladder disease are examples of problems that can refer pain to the neck area.

Repetitive Strain Injury
- An injury that occurs from a chronically used part of the body, either in a normal or abnormal way. These problems are often found in people who sit at desks or work at computers.

© 2014 American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

 
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