Neck & Upper Back Pain, Injuries, Symptoms, & Treatments

Neck & Upper Back Pain

Whiplash

SymptomsA form of neck strain, torn muscles and tendons in the neck.
TreatmentsOver-the-counter pain medication. Painkillers, muscle relaxants, and physical therapy.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (Numbness Into Arm)

SymptomsCompression of nerves or blood vessels. Inadequate passageway through an area between neck and armpit.
TreatmentsExercises and therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and surgery in severe cases.

Burners or stingers (Brachial plexus injury)

SymptomsInjury to the nerve supply of the upper arm.
TreatmentsSpecial neck roll, elevated shoulder pads, physical therapy.

Rib Injury

SymptomsCostochondritis, Pleurisy, Fractured or bruised ribs.
TreatmentsPainkillers, ice, chest support, surgery if the case is severe.

Postural pain ir stuffness

SymptomsConditions could be whiplash, cervical spondylosis, wryneck, fibromyalgia.
TreatmentsX-rays, followed by rest, pain medications and physical therapy in mild cases.

Cervicgenic and tension type headaches

SymptomsA severe headache caused by the neck. Pain may be triggered by neck movement.
TreatmentsNSAIDS, aspirin, and acetaminophen. Spinal manipulation and trigger point injections if it is severe.

Intercostal (ribcage) Strain

SymptomsMild muscular injury caused by rapid twisting of the torso.
TreatmentsRest, Ice, Compression, and Exercise.

Facet Irritation and Injury

SymptomsAcute lumbar or cervical face joint inflammation, resembling a herniated disc.
TreatmentsChange in posture, heat, anti-inflammatory medication, chiropractic manipulations.

Cervical Disc Problems

SymptomsPain caused by herniated disc presses on a cervical nerve.
TreatmentsOver-the-counter and prescription medications, exercise, physical therapy or chiropractic adjustment. Surgery is required if pain isn’t alleviated in 6 months.