The neck connects the head to the upper torso and to the rest of our body. It is flexible, and is very vulnerable to conditions that can cause injuries and pain and restrict motion. Below are the major reasons why one gets neck pain, stiffness, and/or injury.
This the most common cause of neck pain. Any activity that will hold your head in a forward or odd position for prolonged periods of time can harm your neck and cause pain. Just about any activity may cause this, such as the following:
- Working, reading especially in bed, talking on the phone or watching TV
- Sleeping on a flat pillow which does not allow enough support on your neck, or using a pillow too high that bends your neck too much
- Lying on your stomach, the worst sleeping position. When you do this, you are forced to twist or bend your neck, as it is not possible to sleep with your face down.
- Work using the arms and upper body, e.g., fixing or painting a ceiling.
- Being hunched for a long period of time over your computer, smartphone or even the car’s steering wheel.
Being stressed and intense on a particular activity can also bring tension in the muscles connecting the head, shoulders, and neck.
These include minor injuries, such as those from simple falls or tripping, and severe injuries that may arise from whiplash, vehicle accident (wherein in a rear-end collision, the head is jerked strongly backward and then forward, straining the soft tissues in the neck), falls from elevated places, direct blows or strong impacts involving the head, or accidents from sports.
Deterioration or Abnormalities in the Bones or Joints
Your neck joints, like any other joints in your body tend to deteriorate with age. With the onset of osteoarthritis, the cartilages between your vertebrae wear down. Bone spurs are then formed by your body affecting the motion of the joints and causing pain.
Bone spurs found in the vertebrae of the neck or herniated discs can irritate the nerves along the spiral cord and can trigger pain in the neck.
Neck pain may be one of the effects of certain ailments, such as meningitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and flu.
Other Causes of Neck Pain
Chronic conditions, including fibromyalgia, tumor or infection in the neck area, trauma, and referred pain, which occurs when one part of the body causes pain to another part can cause neck pain, too.
Medical conditions/degenerative conditions related to aging, such as arthritis of the neck and narrowing of the spinal canal are also culprits. Finally, some medicine can have neck pain as side effect.
Save for some illnesses and conditions, many of the causes of neck pain, particularly muscle strain, which is the most common, and even injuries, are preventable and are within your control. To prevent the severity of neck pain and related problems, engaging in chiropractic care should be considered.
The neck is one of the most important parts of our body that we should protect and take care of, to be able to prevent neck pain and better enjoy life and its pleasures.