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   Neck Pain
 
Definition:
Pain in the neck
 
Medical terms related to neck pain :
Cervical Pain, Pain, Cervical, Pain, Neck
 
Common causes of neck pain: 
o Strep Throat
o Osteoarthritis (a wear-and-tear condition that may develop as you age)
o Shingles (Called also Herpes zoster, Zona, Zoster)
o Sprain Injury (Ligament Injury from accidents, etc.)
o Neck Gland Inflammation
o Nerve Entrapment in Neck (Pinched nerves)
o poor posture
o Tension Headache
o prolonged sitting
o Viral infections ( e.g. Mumps)
o Strain Injury & Muscle Spasm
o Degenerative Disc Disease & Sciatica
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Whiplash:
Injury resulting from a sudden sharp whipping movement of the neck and head.
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Polymyalgia Rheumatica:
A disorder of the elderly marked by muscular pain and stiffness in the shoulders,neck and in the pelvic area.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA):
A chronic autoimmune disease marked especially by pain, stiffness, inflammation, swelling, and sometimes destruction of joints;called also atrophic arthritis.

Other Causes of neck pain:
o Fracture (Broken Cervical Spine Vertebra)
o Thyroid Inflammation (Thyroiditis)
o Retropharyngeal Abscess
o Septic Disciitis (rare)
o Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis
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Ankylosing Spondylitis:
Rheumatoid arthritis of the spine ;called also Rheumatoid spondylitis.
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Meningitis:
Inflammation of the meninges and especially of the pia mater and the arachnoid.
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Torticollis:
Twisting of the neck to one side resulting in abnormal carriage of the head and is usually caused by muscle spasms ;called also wryneck.
o Trachea Inflammation (e.g. from Anesthesia Intubation, etc.)

 

Call your doctor if neck pain is accompanied by: 
o Severe pain
o Accident or injury
o Numbness in arms or legs
o Unexplained fever
o Sudden loss of bowel or bladder control

 
Medications for neck pain may include: 
o Antipyretics, Analgesics
o Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
o Acetylsalicylic Acid, Aspirin, Ecotrin
o Celecoxib (Celebrex)
o Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen, Vicodin
o Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Medipren, Nuprin
o Naproxen, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Anaprox, Aleve
o Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (Nsaids)
o Rofecoxib (Vioxx)
o Tramadol (Ultram)
   
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