Understanding Neck Pain

Your neck, also known as the cervical spine, is a complex structure composed of seven small vertebrae that begin at the base of the skull. Its primary function is to support the weight of your head, which averages around 12 pounds. This delicate balance of structure and function makes the neck susceptible to strain, injury, and discomfort.

The flexibility of the neck allows for a wide range of motion, enabling you to turn, tilt, and nod your head in almost every direction. However, this very flexibility also exposes the neck to various stresses and strains, especially when subjected to prolonged periods of poor posture, repetitive movements, or sudden impacts.

Causes of Neck Pain

Neck pain can arise from a multitude of causes, ranging from everyday activities to traumatic events. Prolonged sitting, whether at a desk or in front of a computer, can lead to muscular tension and stiffness in the neck and shoulders. Similarly, repetitive movements, such as typing or assembly line work, can strain the muscles and ligaments of the neck over time.

Accidents, falls, and sports injuries are common culprits of acute neck pain, often resulting in sprains, strains, or even more serious conditions like whiplash. Additionally, as we age, the structures of the spine naturally undergo degenerative changes, leading to conditions such as cervical spondylosis or herniated discs, which can contribute to chronic neck pain.


At University Pain and Spine Center, we recognize the importance of a thorough evaluation to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your neck pain. During your initial consultation, our experienced healthcare professionals will take the time to listen to your concerns, review your medical history, and perform a comprehensive physical examination.

We may also utilize diagnostic imaging techniques, such as X-rays or MRI scans, to further assess the condition of your cervical spine and identify any abnormalities or injuries. By gathering this detailed information, we can develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Take the First Step Towards Relief

Don’t let neck pain hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest. Take the first step towards relief by scheduling an assessment with us today. Our compassionate team of healthcare professionals is here to support you on your journey to a pain-free neck and improved quality of life. Contact our office at (732) 873-6868 to book your appointment and start your path towards wellness today.

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