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Neck Pain
Neck pain refers to discomfort or pain experienced in the region of the neck, which is located between the base of the skull and the upper part of the shoulders. It can range from mild and occasional discomfort to severe and persistent pain. Neck pain can be caused by various factors, including muscle strain, poor posture, injury, or underlying medical conditions. Here are some common causes of neck pain:
Causes of Neck Pain
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Muscle Strain
Overuse or strain of the neck muscles, often due to poor posture, repetitive movements, or holding the head in an awkward position for a very long period of time.
Injury to the neck, often resulting from car accidents, sports injuries, or falls, can also cause neck pain. This is known as whiplash injury.
Herniated Disc
The soft discs which are present in between the vertebrates can bulge out, pressing on nearby nerves and causing pain.
Degenerative changes or the natural wear and tear in the cervical spine, also known as cervical spondylosis, can lead to neck pain and stiffness.
Nerve Compression
Conditions like cervical radiculopathy or cervical spinal stenosis can compress nerves in the neck, causing pain, tingling, or weakness in the arms or hands.
Poor Posture
Maintaining an incorrect posture while sitting or standing, prolonged use of mobile phones or laptop, can cause strain in the neck muscles and lead to pain.
Stress and Tension
Emotional stress and tension can cause muscle tension in the neck and shoulders, resulting in pain.
Medical Conditions
Certain medical conditions, such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or infections, can also cause neck pain.
Sleeping Position
Sleeping in an awkward position or with inadequate neck support can lead to neck pain.
Lifestyle Factors
Smoking, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to the development of neck pain.
Smartphones and Neck pain
Nowadays use of mobile phones is not only limited to calling. Mobile phones have become an important part of our lives which is equivalent to breathing. It is used for texting, setting reminders, adding notes, entertainment etc. But doing all these we forget the form of our body while using the mobile phones or laptops for hours leading to strain or sprain injuries and joint issues.
Cervical Spondylosis
Spondylosis is a general term used for various degenerative conditions of the spine. The bones of the spine known as the vertebrae, disc, ligaments etc are affected. Sometimes a smaller area of the spine or sometimes from the base of the skull to the lower back is affected. This degenerative change of spine is also known as osteoarthritis.
Treatment for neck pain depends on its underlying cause and severity. It may include self-care measures (rest, ice or heat therapy), physiotherapy, pain medications, exercises, lifestyle modifications, and in some cases, surgical interventions. If you're experiencing persistent or severe neck pain, contact us and get yourself assessed for your personalized treatment plan.
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