You may be experiencing neck pain and wonder whether or not all neck pain is the same. It’s not.
Neck pain can be felt with a long list of other symptoms. Each of the other symptoms gives you an idea of why you have neck pain in the first place. Below is a list of some of the other symptoms that accompany neck pain and why they may occur:
Headache – this may occur because the meningeal lining of the brain has been irritated or because some trigger points within the muscles refer pain up to the head. Pinched nerves in the neck can also cause cervicogenic headache.
Stiffness – Stiffness is a sign that the muscles are protecting further movement to occur so that no additional damage will happen to the underlying structures of the neck.
Poor range of motion – The inability to turn your head to the left or right or to your shoulder is one of the causes of neck pain. This sign indicates that there is a misalignment of the vertebrae.
Eye pain or vision changes – This symptom indicates that the damage to the neck causing the neck pain is more than just muscle strain or sprain. The eyes are coordinated with the nerves that feed or innervate them so when you have vision changes or eye pain, it’s a sign that the nervous system is further implicated.
Fatigue – Fatigue is a generalized type of symptom that may occur not only with neck pain, but also with numerous other conditions. Every chronic disease includes fatigue in its list of symptoms. Fatigue is a sign that higher amounts of antioxidants or B vitamins are needed to heal, but it’s also a sign that muscles are overworked.
Your Oakleigh chiropractor, Dr Liveriadis, can help you understand your neck pain, and find solutions to relieve it. If you live in Mt. Waverley, East Bentleigh or Clayton, call Dr Liveriadis for an appointment today!