The neck is one of the most anatomically complex parts of the human body. It contains vertebral, visceral and vascular structures which connect the torso with the head, support head movement, and protect the spinal cord.
Unfortunately, the neck tends to be vulnerable to injury because of the stresses placed upon it each day. It is quite exposed, so sudden jarring movements can easily cause an injury which results in neck pain. The weight of the head also means that poor posture or poor workplace ergonomics can quickly cause a chronic injury.
In this post, our Fareham chiropractor will go into more detail on the common causes of neck pain. This information will help you protect your neck from the common problems we see at our chiropractor clinic in Fareham..
Types Of Neck Pain
Neck pain can be complex to diagnose as there are several potential causes. However, in most cases, people with neck pain have ‘mechanical’ or ‘simple’ neck pain.
Mechanical neck pain is often caused by lifestyle factors, like using the wrong pillow, poor posture or poor workplace ergonomics. It can involve several muscles, ligaments, and joints. Once you identify and address the underlying issue, any neck pain you are experiencing will go away.
The other common form of simple neck pain is caused by neck trauma. This might be due to a sporting injury, fall, car crash, or some other kind of accident. Minor trauma is usually easy to deal with as you simply need to receive rehabilitative treatment and take some time to heal.
In some rarer cases, neck pain is caused by trapped nerves in the neck, sometimes as a result of disc herniation. When the nerves become compressed or irritated they can cause an ‘electric shock’ pain along with other symptoms like pins and needles, tingling, numbness or weakness in the limbs. There are also degenerative diseases and serious illnesses which can cause neck pain.
Most Common Causes Of Neck Pain
The three most common causes of neck pain we see at our Chiropractor Clinic are:
#1 – Muscle Strains
The muscles in the neck are under a significant amount of strain due to the weight of the head. This can sometimes cause muscle strains which need attention. Other factors can also increase the risk of neck muscle strains including:
- Poor posture
When a person slouches, their head is usually positioned further in front of the body than normal. This greatly increases the amount of strain on the neck muscles. Many of the patients visiting our chiropractors have neck pain relating to their postural issues.
- Poor neck support while sleeping
If your pillow is incorrectly sized for your sleeping position, it can result in your neck being placed in a stressful position for several hours, causing neck pain.
- Repetitive strain injuries
Occupations that involve constant twisting of the neck can increase the likelihood of painful muscle strains.
- Sporting injuries
Over exertion and collisions can sometimes cause painful neck muscle strains.
Muscle tension and soreness is a symptom of chronic stress.
#2 – Slipped Discs
A slipped disc occurs when one of the discs which separates the spine’s vertebrae is ruptured. A rupture happens when the tough exterior layer of the disc is torn, allowing the soft jelly-like inside component to escape. This can place pressure on nerves in the spine, resulting in pain and several other symptoms. Although it is a more complex condition, slipped discs can respond well to chiropractic care.
#3 – Whiplash
Whiplash is a type of neck sprain which can occur when the neck is quickly whipped backwards and forwards. This sudden movement stretches the ligaments and muscles in the neck, causing a sprain. The most common causes of whiplash are car crashes, collisions on the sporting field, bike crashes, and falls.
Visiting Homewood Chiropractic Clinic in Fareham
If you are currently dealing with neck pain and need help, our highly qualified and experienced team of chiropractors are here to help. You can book an appointment with one of team by calling our clinic on 01329 280 283.