Neck pain a common. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture — whether it's leaning over your computer or hunching over. Osteoarthritis also is a common cause of neck pain.
Rarely, neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem.
Call us ASAP for immediate assessment and tailoring a treatment plan for you.
Signs and Symptoms of neck pain
Signs and symptoms of neck pain include:
Pain that's often worsened by holding your head in one place for long periods
Muscle tightness and spasms
Decreased ability to move your head
Arms or shoulder numbness.
When to seek an advice from a doctor?
Most neck pain improves gradually with home treatment. If not, you might need to see a doctor.
Seek immediate care if severe neck pain results from an injury, such as a motor vehicle accident or fall.
Contact a doctor if your neck pain:
Pain that is severe
Persists for several days without relief
Spreads down arms or legs
Is accompanied by headache, numbness, weakness or tingling
Is accompanied by balance problems or inability to control the urine.
Causes of Neck pain
Your neck is flexible and supports the weight of your head, so it can be vulnerable to injuries and conditions that cause pain and restrict motion. Neck pain causes include:
Muscle strains. Overuse, such as too many hours hunched over your computer or your phone, often triggers muscle strains. Even minor things, such as reading in bed or gritting your teeth, can strain neck muscles and results in headaches.
Worn joints. Just like the other joints in your body, your neck joints tend to wear down with age. Osteoarthritis causes the cushions (cartilage) between your bones (vertebrae) to deteriorate. Your body then forms bone spurs that affect joint motion and cause pain.
Nerve compression. Herniated disks or bone spurs in the vertebrae of your neck can press on the nerves branching out from the spinal cord.
Injuries. Rear-end auto collisions often result in whiplash injury, which occurs when the head is jerked backward and then forward, straining the soft tissues of the neck.
Diseases. Certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis or cancer, can cause neck pain.
Neck pain Prevention
Most neck pain is associated with poor posture combined with age-related wear and tear. To help prevent neck pain, keep your head centered over your spine. Some simple changes in your daily routine may help. Consider trying to avoid all contributing factors.
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