Look at how close the upper neck is to the back of the throat! Injury and pain from the front of the upper neck can can refer pain into the throat. This image shows bone spurs to the dens and anterior arch of the atlas of the upper neck. The back of the throat is 1 to 2 millimeters from the front of the upper neck. Pain to this area can confuse the brain into thinking your 'throat hurts', referred throat pain.
Is your throat pain coming from the neck?
Here are some symptoms to look for...
Pain with swallowing that remains the same
No changes to your throat pain with gargling
Worse after increased speaking
Loss of voice or hoarseness
A sensation or pressure in the back of your throat
Neck tension or stiffness
Other symptoms include...
Headaches, especially if they are one sided
Ear pressure or pain, difficulty clearing your ears
Jaw clicking or pain
Here is a video of a patient with hoarseness and loss of her voice that showed immediate improvement with physical testing. This is a common finding that suggests these problems can have a musculoskeletal foundation and improve with Physical Therapy. Cornerstone routinely sees clients with this type of problem successfully! Think you have throat pain that is a muscle tension problem? Call us at 719-596-5000 to schedule an evaluation.