The neck is a complex region made up of many interconnecting structures. These bones, discs, muscles, tendons and ligaments work together to allow the neck to bend and rotate. Damage to any of these structures can lead to a patient having neck pain, which can even radiate down the arms.
The cause of neck pain may include: arthritis, muscle strain, fracture, disk degeneration or herniation. It is important to diagnose which issue is causing the pain as each diagnosis has a different treatment plan.
Ultimately, the goal is to reduce pain and increase functionality. Treatment options include: physical therapy, medication management, and interventional procedures. Additionally, it is important to identify which activities to avoid that may worsen the pain. Your physician can help to reach a diagnosis and treatment plan.