What Causes Neck Pain?
Neck pain is a common complaint and can greatly reduce tolerance for work and leisure activity. The neck is a very mobile area, and this is good as it allows us to look at a large area around us. Because of this, the neck requires good muscular support to control motion, and pain can develop when strength and support are lacking. Additionally, poor posture can increase strain on the neck muscles and joints, leading to discomfort and tension. Nerve irritation may occur due to arthritic changes or from repetitive strain injuries and may lead to radiating pain and numbness in the arms. Neck pain can often be associated with headache symptoms. Unfortunately, trauma may cause whiplash or concussion injuries, which are associated with neck pain. Physical therapy is usually the first choice for non-surgical treatment of neck pain.
Symptoms of Neck Pain
- Pain in the head, neck, shoulders, or trunk
- Neck muscle tightness and spasms
- Radiating pain or numbness in the arms
- Weakness in the neck, arms, or hands
- Difficulty sleeping or finding a comfortable sleep position
- Difficulty driving
- Difficulty with computer work or prolonged sitting