Most of the episodes of neck pain resolve in a couple of weeks with rest and over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol. If the pain keeps recurring, then people should seek prompt medical attention.
Common causes of neck pain include:
Herniated or ruptured discs can occur when the rubbery discs between the spinal bones (vertebrae) become compressed and bulge outward (herniation) or rupture, causing neck pain, and pain radiating down the arms.
Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI) is a common treatment option. If the disc continues to cause problems the part of the disc that is bulging outwards needs to by cut out , that procedure is called Discectomy.
Spinal or Facet Joint Disease
Facet joints are the joints that connect adjacent spinal bones (vertebrae). These joints commonly develop disease by years of repetitive strain, disc degeneration or minor trauma. This can lead to neck pain.
Spinal Canal Narrowing
Narrowing or stenosis of the central spinal canal or narrowing of the space from when the spinal nerves exit the spine can lead to pain, numbness or weakness of arms.
The treatment of narrowing depends on the cause. Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI) can offer symptomatic relief