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Understanding Common Complications of Neck Pain

Last updated 5 years ago

Neck pain is a very common medical condition that arises when certain activities strain or damage the delicate soft tissue of the neck. Some of the most common causes of neck pain include slouching while working, sleeping in an unsupportive position, or being involved a car accident. Even though pain caused by these events may begin in the neck region, it can quickly radiate to other areas of the body. 

Numbness in Upper Extremities

A neck sprain can create different symptoms for different individuals. Some people may feel a knot or stiffness in the neck region, while others will experience sharp pain in the injured area. If the neck injury has created pressure on one of the spinal nerve roots, it’s likely that the injured individual will also experience sharp pain in his or her upper arms. Some people experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in their arms and shoulders.


One of the nerves that are responsible for sending sensations to the head is located in the neck. This means that damage to this delicate nerve can cause dull, aching pain to develop in a patient’s head. In fact, facial pain and chronic headaches are very commonly associated with a pinched neck nerve. The best way to alleviate these chronic headaches is to treat the underlying cause by relieving the pressure exerted on the nerve.

Shooting Pain in Upper Body

The nerves that are located throughout the spinal cord and neck send signals all over the body. For this reason, damage to any of the spinal nerves can cause pain to spread beyond the point of injury. For some individuals, a sudden neck injury causes pain to radiate throughout the upper body region.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of neck pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary Kraus of Kraus Back and Neck Institute by calling (888) 816-8954. We are a comprehensive spinal care center in Houston that offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. To find out more about our services, visit our informative website. 


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