What causes neck pain?
The cause of neck pain is often multifactoral and these can all contribute to your neck pain:
Sedentary positions for prolonged periods
Neck flexion for prolonged periods
Working in awkward positions
Inadequate keyboard/ mouse positions
No chair arm rest
Your spine is one of the strongest parts of your body. It is made up of bony vertebrae, connected by discs that act as shock absorbers and allow flexibility. Your back is then reinforced by strong ligaments and surrounded by powerful muscles for support. It’s actually surprisingly difficult to damage your spine!
What are the types of neck pain?
There are many different types of neck pain. It’s not just one type fits all. The key to getting the right type of treatment is finding out which type you have and seek advice if it isn’t improving.
Most people have what we call “mechanical” neck pain. The pain is not caused by any serious underlying condition and there are no trapped nerves. We don’t always know exactly which structure causes the pain because it can be the muscles or joints. This is the type of neck pain that’s more likely to be caused by poor posture, prolonged sitting (particularly in an uncomfortable position) or muscular tension due to stress.
I am not a fan of this term but as we age, we are more prone to wear and tear that may contribute to neck pain.
Although it can be very painful, neck pain only very rarely has a serious underlying cause. Seeing a qualified Chiropractor, who is experienced in diagnosing conditions of the neck and spine, can help get to the bottom of your neck pain and treat it. A Chiropractor can also identify if you need a referral or specialist investigations.
What are the symptoms of neck pain?
Neck pain refers to pain anywhere from the shoulder blades, on one or both sides, up to the neck and head and down the arms to the hands. It can range from sharp to a dull ache and can be constant or intermittent with certain activities.
What is the treatment for back pain?
Acute, subacute and chronic refer to the length of time you've had your neck pain.
Acute and subacute neck pain respond well to thoracic spinal manipulation or mobilisation.
Spinal manipulation or mobilisation with exercise is an effective treatment of choice for chronic neck pain as is massage.