What causes neck pain?

Neck pain is a very common condition many of us face on a daily basis. Depending on the cause, this can be short term, or can be a long term, chronic condition. Neck pain can be caused by poor posture, injury, normal aging, or other traumatic events.

Neck strain caused by poor posture is a common condition for people who work primarily at a desk for long periods of the day. Leaning into a computer screen or hunching over a workbench may cause neck pain that is temporary, but can easily become chronic if the habit persists.

Injury caused by sports related accidents, or traumatic events such as motor vehicle accidents can also cause neck pain. These can become more serious if they go untreated. Neck pain can usually be treated by non-surgical methods such as stretching or physical therapy. More serious injuries can cause problems such as cervical disc herniations that may require further treatment.

Some neck pain is caused by normal aging. Degeneration of the cervical spine, or osteoarthritis, is common in the older population. This condition is called cervical spondylosis. Treatment options are available for this condition to help ease neck pain. If you think you may have any of these conditions, contact us today to see how we can help you manage your pain.

When should I seek further treatment?

If you are experiencing neck pain that is accompanied by numbness, tingling, loss of sensation, and/or weakness in your hands and fingers, it may be time to contact your healthcare provider. Other serious symptoms to tell your healthcare provider is if you have shooting pain down your shoulders and arms. These symptoms may be a sign of cervical radiculopathy, or other cervical conditions.