Neck pain is one of the most common chronic ailments experienced by adults in the United States. Its effects are often immediate and severe, limiting the sufferer’s ability to accomplish even the simplest of tasks. Its causes are similar to those of back pain, and include herniated discs, muscle weaknesses, spinal misalignment, and pinched nerves.
Neck pain can cause a wide range of secondary ailments. Headaches, nausea, tight, knotted muscles, and radiating nerve pain and numbness that affects the arms, hands, ribcage, and collarbones are typically experienced. Neck pain can also result in irritated optical nerves, which can lead to intense headaches around the eyes, as well as vision problems. Suffering from these symptoms also limits range of motion, as even the slightest movements of the head can aggravate any of these issues.
Surgical approaches to treating neck pain, such as neck fusion, are often ineffective and carry with them a high risk of painful and permanent side effects. Narcotics are usually prescribed to deal with these side effects, and are likely to create a worsening cycle of pain.