Causes Of Neck Pain And Stiffness

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Hundreds of people go through neck pain occasionaly, but it seems that most don’t understand what causes them and how they can be treated. The spine all the way to the neck is truly a amazing design masterpiece which makes it one of the most complex parts of the human body.

But what really causes neck pain? In this article, we will look at the different reasons behind the occurrence of neck pain and neck stiffness.

The spine may look to be a vulnerable piece of design work but in actuality, it is tougher that it looks.  Look at a baby’s neck. It’s quite flexible – thus a good manifestation of how strong the neck is.  

It’s really amazing how the spinal cord can tolerate injury. But even with the spinal cord’s strength, it is still susceptible to damages and thus leads to neck pain.

The head is as heavy as a bowling ball. Imagine a bowling ball balancing on two small knuckle joints – this is how the head is balanced.

What causes neck pain?

While neck pain or stiffness can be caused by a variety of factors, most causes of neck pain lasts only for a while, eventually it will disappear. However, in certain circumstances, it can be a part of a medical condition such as Osteoarthritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR). Trauma or minor twisting injuries can also result to neck stiffness or pain.

Non-specific neck pain are also connected with spasm in the muscle responsible for supporting the neck.

The Best Time to see a physiotherapist

If you think the pain is only caused by stress, then you have nothing to worry about. However, if the pain isn’t going away after a week or two, then it’s about time you check with your physician. If you think the pain is already very bad, better see a doctor or a physiotherapist immediately.

If you feel a bad pain developing in your shoulders, in your hips or even thighs, take action as soon as possible. We call this medical condition the PMR. If you have this, prompt treatment is required so as not to aggravate the medical condition.

Neck Pain medication

Neck pain is quite easy to cure simply by not doing anything. Simply gently massage the neck muscle to get a relief from the tension build-up around it. Massaging often helps but if the pain persists, you can take some pain-killers. Remember that medications such as paracetamol should only be taken every 4 hours.

Poor standing posture can also case neck pain. To prevent neck pain, you should practice standing up properly. Also, don’t settle for a desk that’s too low, it’ll just keep your head from bending forward for a long period of time – which would eventually result to neck stiffness.

Simple exercises will definitely help relieve the pain. It would also help if you rest for a few days if the pain on your neck doesn’t go away even with medications.  You need to rest those neck muscles and in a matter of time, you’ll be back to your regular habits again.


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