Does it seem like you battle chronic neck pain on your right side every single day? Maybe you’ve been to your doctor already and received a prescription for a pain reliever, but still find yourself struggling with chronic pain.
You are not alone.
Chronic neck pain is a common issue that millions of people just like you face every day. The spinal structure, muscles, tissues, and nerves that are present in the neck create a complex system, and when something goes awry, it can lead to a painful experience.
If you haven’t received a diagnosis yet, you’re probably wondering in the back of your mind, “What is it? Why am I experiencing this neck pain all of the time?”
In this article, we are going to share with you five common reasons that people experience chronic neck pain. Due to the complex nature of the human body, this list is by no means exhaustive, but it should give you information on what could be causing your chronic neck pain.
Regardless of the reasons why you are experiencing pain, it’s important to get it checked out by a qualified pain management doctor who can lead you through the proper protocol to get a correct diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan.
5 of the top reasons patients experience chronic neck pain on their right side
1 A cervical herniated disc
A cervical herniated disc occurs when the inner core of a disc protrudes out and presses on a nerve root. Herniated discs are most common in adults between the ages of 30-50, but may occur in older or younger patients, as well.
While in some cases a cervical herniated disc is the result of some form of trauma (such as a car accident or sports injury), many times they manifest with seemingly no known cause of origin.
The symptoms associated with a herniated disc vary depending on exactly which disc herniated, but common signs of a cervical herniated disc include:
- Pain in the neck (left or right side)
- Numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness in the hands and fingers
- Trouble turning your neck from side to side
- Pain in the shoulder area that radiates down the arm
Each person is different and explains their symptoms differently, as well, so your symptoms may include slight variations of those listed above.
2 Pinched nerve on the right side of the neck
A pinched nerve may not sound like a big deal, but it can be one of the most frustrating (and painful) conditions you will ever have to deal with. In fact, a pinched nerve in the neck, if severe, can render your neck virtually immobile.
In many cases a nerve is pinched because of a herniated disc, but the herniated disc itself is not the problem or source of pain; the pinched nerve is. The type of pain produced by a pinch nerve is called radicular pain or nerve root pain as the pinched nerve may lead to pain in other parts of the body.
The symptoms associated with a pinched nerve are similar to those experienced by someone with a herniated disc, and in many situations, a patient will actually be experiencing both of these problems simultaneously.
If you’re experiencing pain on the right side of your neck that radiates to other parts of your body, a pinched nerve may be the culprit. As always, it’s important to have your neck pain checked out by a pain management doctor in your area who can diagnose and treat your condition.
3 Cervical osteoarthritis (neck arthritis)
Is your neck pain on the right side typically worse in the mornings? Does your neck feel better when it’s warm and sunny outside as opposed to cool and rainy? If so, you may have arthritis in your neck.
Neck arthritis typically occurs in older patients (although this isn’t always the case), and results when the facet joints in the cervical spine degenerate.
Some of the most common symptoms of a person suffering from neck arthritis include:
- Pain in the neck area (left or right side)
- Pain that radiates between the shoulder blades
- Headaches in the back of the head and near the base of the skull
- Pain that is worse early in the morning or in cooler, wet weather conditions
These are just a few of the many ways that cervical osteoarthritis can manifest. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important to visit a pain management clinic near you that has experience dealing with chronic back and neck pain.
4 Cervical degenerative disc disease
A degenerative disc can cause a significant amount of neck pain. It is one of the most common diagnoses given to patients who visit our practice and complain of neck pain.
Many patients visit our pain management clinic complaining of chronic neck pain that flares up from time to time (but isn’t always present), and gets worse when they engage in certain physical activities.
If that sounds like you, here are a few more symptoms you may be experiencing:
- Stiff or inflexible neck
- Pain that radiates from your neck into your shoulders or triceps
- Pain that comes and goes or is worse during certain activities
You get the idea. If you often find yourself complaining of a stiff or sore neck, you could have degenerative disc disease, and thus need to see a pain management doctor who can diagnose your condition and formulate a treatment plan to alleviate the pain.
5 Cysts or tumors
All of the above conditions are the result of injuries sustained to the anatomy of your neck in some way, shape, or form— whether it’s disc degeneration, a bulging disc, or nerve pain.
However, it’s important to understand that, while more rare than any of the above conditions, neck cysts or tumors that have reached a certain size can press on nerves, causing significant pain. While cysts and tumors are not as common as musculoskeletal conditions, it is important to rule them out with an MRI, CT scan, or other imaging test.
So what is the solution?
As you have read, pain on the right side of your neck or in the neck region in general can be caused by a variety of conditions, all of which require a clinical diagnosis in order to be treated properly.
At our pain management clinic, we have doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of painful neck conditions. We have the skills, abilities, and resources to alleviate and, in some cases, even eliminate the neck pain you are experiencing with minimally invasive treatments.
If you’re looking to solve your neck pain issues once and for all, and want to work with doctors who will provide minimally invasive treatment options as a first line of defense before surgery, give our office nearest you a call today or contact us here to schedule your appointment.
You don’t have to go through life with neck pain. We’re here to help, so give our practice nearest you a call today.