If you’re suffering from sharp neck pain, this may be due to a cervical sprain or cervical strain. While the two cervical spine injuries exhibit a similar pain sensation and many of the same symptoms, the underlying cause is different. A cervical sprain is an injury to the ligaments in your cervical spine, while a cervical strain refers to a muscle or tendon injury in the same spinal area.
The cervical spine comprises the first seven vertebrae in the spine, starting from the lower part of your skull and ending at the thoracic spine. Your cervical spine is a highly flexible segment of your spine, since it allows you to turn your head in a number of directions. This spinal region comprises critical muscles that support the spine and spinal nerves branching off to innervate the rest of your body.
The flexibility and mobility of the cervical spine make it susceptible to injury. At New York Pain Care, Dr. Amr Hosny and an experienced team of pain experts diagnose your spinal condition and use the latest medical techniques for pain relief and neck sprain recovery. They follow best practices to reduce or eliminate your pain while addressing its root cause.
Any injury to the muscles, tendons or ligaments in the cervical spine affects your quality of life. The pain makes it difficult to move your upper body, neck and head. With the debilitating pain caused by a neck sprain or strain, you may have problems doing normal activities. Common symptoms that make cervical sprains and strains serious include:
The complexity and critical function of your cervical spine means you need an early diagnosis for effective strained and sprained neck treatment. The team at New York Pain Care in Midtown Manhattan, Greenwich Village and the Financial District in NYC, as well as throughout Bergen County, Union County and Morris County, New Jersey, examines the symptoms and carries out appropriate imaging tests for a correct diagnosis.
Any situation or activity that strains your cervical spine muscles can lead to a sprained or strained neck. Causes of these painful neck conditions include:
Anyone can suffer a strained or sprained muscle, but some factors increase your risk, including:
Before neck sprain treatment, your doctor starts with a comprehensive physical examination, assesses your neck pain symptoms and reviews your medical history. The diagnosis can also include imaging tests to check the condition of your injury. From the diagnosis report, your doctor begins an individualized interventional treatment plan that may include:
With a correct diagnosis, the team at New York Pain Care knows how to treat a neck sprain effectively. Dr. Hosny is a board-certified, Harvard-trained, interventional spine specialist who offers the best treatment techniques and advice on your neck sprain recovery. The pain specialists understand how to heal a sprained neck and a host of other incapacitating spinal conditions. Contact the pain specialists today for effective pain relief using the latest treatment technology.
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