Cricked neck [Acute torticollis], Cervical Spondylitis are all common neck complaints
Why do you get neck pain?
The neck has 7 vertebrae. Each bony vertebra is separated by a disc which acts as a spacer and shock absorber for the spine. One vertebra will move (articulate) with its neighbouring vertebra cushioned by the disc and through adjacent vertebral joints known as facet joints. The neck is supported by ligaments and muscles. The facet joints are situated at the back on either side of the spinal column, with the discs in between the vertebral bodies. The role of the facet joints is to allow movement and provide stability for the spine.
Neck pain without arm pain,
Frequently the symptoms develop slowly with a gradual increase in pain.
Neck and neck arm pain develops when any or a combination of the above structures become irritated and inflamed or are injured resulting in neck pain. Shoulder pain is usually the result of referred pain from the neck joints or musculature.
Neck pain with arm pain,
If pain, numbness or pins and needles develop referring to the arm and hand this is the result of a nerve being irritated as the nerve leaves the spine or in the shoulder.
Whiplash Injury occurs when the neck is acerbated backwards or forwards in whip type manner, this causes a sprain to the joint’s associated ligaments and musculature and occurs in a road traffic incident. A pseudo whiplash can occur when falling during sport or stumbling.
Cricked Neck [Acute torticollis],
An acutely painful neck comes on suddenly when sleeping awkwardly and awaking with severe pain and movement restriction or by turning quickly. The cause is a sprain to one of the neck vertebral joints and acute muscle spasm.
This is simply wear and tear in the neck in people over 40 years old. There is no correlation with spondylosis and pain. In the main cervical spondylosis is the same as normal neck pain with dome degeneration of the structures involved.
Treatment Chiropractic Physiotherapy are best treatments