How is neck pain caused?
Because the neck must remain flexible to bear the weight of the human head, it can also be prone to injury. One of the causes of neck pain can be as the result of a pinched nerve. This happens when the vertebrae shift out of alignment, causing them to push down on the nerves and inflicting pain in the neck.
Vertebrae can shift out of alignment from:
- Sleeping wrong
- Herniated disc
- Spondylosis (Axial Neck Pain)
- Failed Surgical Neck Syndrome
- Biomechanical (Postural) Pain
- Your neck being stuck in an awkward position for long periods of time.
- Your neck being forced beyond its normal range of motion.
Can neck pain can be prevented?
Some of the most common reasons neck pain occurs can be avoided by using a few simple techniques. These include:
- Maintaining good posture when your sit or stand
- Moving your computer monitor to eye level
- Using a firm pillow when you sleep
- Sleeping on your side or on your back
- Getting regular exercise to maintain proper movement in your neck
When should I visit a doctor for neck pain?
Neck pain is a common disturbance but if the pain begins to interrupt your day-to-day activities, a doctor’s care may be necessary. You should visit Pain Control Associates, LLC. for neck pain if:
- Your neck pain or stiffness does not improve after a few days
- You cannot turn your head without severe neck pain
- You take over-the-counter medications to treat pain
- You’re worried that your neck pain may have a serious cause
- You feel numbness or tingling in your hands or wrists
- Your neck pain started within a few days of a car accident
Treatment can include surgical options; medication management such as anti-inflammatory medications; behavioral pain management; or even physical therapy or acupuncture.