In today’s technology-dependent, sedentary lifestyle, it doesn’t come as a surprise that most people suffer from back and neck pains. Experts at the World Health Organization and various chronic pain centers and clinics say neck-pain is the second most common musculoskeletal disorder regardless of age, contributing to global disability.
What causes neck pain though?
There are several factors that play a part. It could be something as small as too much cell phone or computer usage causing muscle strain, but could also be a more serious underlying health condition such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Not all neck pains are a cause for concern though. Here are a few causes and possible treatments you can opt for:
- Muscle strain. This is usually caused by a tear or over-stretching in a muscle or tendon of the neck or back and can be attributed to excessive screen time, poor posture and sometimes even the most ordinary activity such as reading.
Staying well rested and keeping your neck supported are all you really need for recovery, but in more extreme cases, surgery might be necessary.
- Whiplash is caused by more strenuous activity and movements such as sports, accidents and physical trauma and violence.
Whiplash is more incidental, occurring in the moment and with other symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, tenderness in the region. In the case the problem persists, consult a doctor.
- Odd sleeping positions are also a major contributor to neck pain, as we twist about and strain our muscles. Lying in an uncomfortable position for hours and tossing about in your sleep can take a toll on your neck’s health. It can lead to soreness and stiffness. Again, appropriate support for your neck while sleeping is important for long-term health.
- 4) A pinched nerve, medically known as Cervical radiculopathy, is what happens when a herniated disc in your spine compresses nerves, leaving you experiencing pain, numbness, pins and needles. Typically, anti-inflammatory drugs help solve the issue.
- A more serious health condition including diseases such as cancer, arthritisor meningitis could be causing your neck problems. Medical intervention is key in this scenario and avoiding self-diagnosis isn’t advisable.
If any of these symptoms and aches persist for longer than a few weeks—6 at most—or worsen, seek professional help and treatment options from trusted practitioners at a reliable neck pain treatment center.
The best kind of treatment plans are ones that are suited to your individual needs and use holistic treatment options and routes—from chiropractic to spinal decompression and physiotherapy, such as the ones offered at Divergent Health chronic pain centre.