Since September is Spinal Cord Awareness Month and it is not quite over yet, I thought we’d look at how neck pain and higher spinal cord injuries are related. Pain is very common in people with spinal cord injuries, even in parts of the body that have normal sensation. Pain can be described as burning, tingling, shooting, stabbing, and/or sharp. When the spinal cord is injured, misfired signals from the central nervous system can cause severe pain, spasticity—the involuntary movement of the joints or muscles of the body—and other complications.
According to msktc.org, most spinal cord injury patients suffer from chronic pain for months to years. “The majority of people with SCI report that they have chronic pain. Chronic pain is pain that does not go away and instead lasts months to years. The cause of the pain may be unknown but is most often related to nerve damage from the SCI or musculoskeletal problems that arise in dealing with an SCI. The pain can come and go. Chronic pain is difficult to completely eliminate but often can be managed or reduced enough so that it doesn’t overwhelm your life.”
For individuals who do not suffer from spinal cord or nerve injury, this article explains when to worry about the presence of neck pain. Read here!