Pain in the neck is one of the most common types of pain we experience. There are instances when we wake up with neck pain with no obvious cause. We may also suffer from neck pain after a busy day at work. Neck pain may also vary – it can be a minor discomfort or a searing burning feeling. The pain can also be sudden and intense or you can feel a dull ache that lasts for days, weeks, or months.
Because neck pain is likely to happen at some point in your life, it would really be helpful to have a basic understanding of what it is all about, the possible causes, and what you can do about it.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Mostly, neck pain is caused by activities that strain the neck. For instance, looking up at a monitor for a long time at work, slouching at your desk, or even sleeping in a wrong position among others, can potentially irritate your neck muscles.
There are other causes of neck pain, including:
This usually happens during a vehicular accident. Whiplash is a sudden and extreme jolt to the neck and head, resulting in severe pain due to the neck muscles and ligaments stretching further than they are supposed to. Some symptoms of whiplash injury include pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness and blurred vision, difficulty turning the neck, difficulty in swallowing, and more.
Wryneck, which is another term for acute torticollis, refers to the condition that happens when the head is twisted to the side and going back to a straightened position is difficult. While the cause is unknown, people who suffer from this often report sleeping fine and waking up with a twisted neck. Wryneck should disappear on its own after a few days but it can also get more severe, so it’s wise to visit your trusted chiropractor at Back in Balance for chiropractic care
This typically affects people over the age of 50 and the pain can vary in terms of intensity and seriousness. There are those who experience some degree of degeneration without experiencing any of the symptoms. Those who do experience neck pain that spreads down to the shoulders and up to the base of the skull, stiffness, headaches, and more.
Treating Neck Pain
Neck pain usually lasts for short periods and is often resolved in a couple of weeks. Applying ice or hot compress in the are, as well as taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help. But if you are suffering from chronic neck pain, you might be in need of a regular treatment option. Visit Back in Balance today to find out how chiropractic care can provide you with relief!