Common Reasons for Neck Pain, and What to Do About It
By Sara Butler
Having a pain in the neck is inevitable in life. No, we’re not talking about your neighbor who likes to listen to very loud bad music until the wee hours of the morning, or your sister’s husband -- we’re talking about a literal pain in the neck!
The truth is that pain in your neck is a common affliction -- and it’s caused by a variety of things. It might be the way you sit at work or the way you sleep at night. If you suffer from a pain in the neck at any point, then you need to understand why you have it and what you can do about it.
At The Joint Chiropractic, our chiropractors have seen it all. Whatever the cause of your neck pain, we endeavor to uncover the root cause and help you find relief. Here are some of the most common reasons for neck pain you should be on the lookout for.
If you’ve ever woken up with what is commonly called a “crick in the neck,” then you know all about this type of neck pain. While it may seem reasonable to assume that ninjas snuck into your room and beat you while you slept, you probably simply slept in an awkward position for your neck. Often, hyperextension of the neck muscles for long periods, such as when you sleep on your stomach, is the culprit.
You may feel like you’re about to school those punk teenagers on the basketball court at the YMCA, but all that really happens is you move your neck suddenly or in an unusual way and bam -- you feel like you’ve been steamrolled by LeBron James. Neck muscle spasm and pain render you as useless as Miss Manners getting in a word edgewise with LaVar Ball. If you are involved in a collision during a sporting activity that involves your neck or shoulder, you may also experience numbness, weakness, and pain that radiates all the way down your arm and into your hand.
It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, because if you’re doing it with poor posture, then you’re eventually going to pay for it with pain and discomfort. If your mother and grandmother still remind you to sit up straight, then it’s time to listen because it may be the cause of your neck pain.
If your head is tilted forward even slightly during any activity, then it places stress and strain on your neck and shoulders, eventually leading to pain and the embarrassment of having to admit that your mother was right. And that’s something no one should have to do.
A Few Lesser Known Causes
The things listed so far may leave you saying, “Well, duh -- those seem obvious.” First of all, you’re right. And second of all, watch the attitude. We’re just trying to cover all the bases here.
If you’re experiencing neck pain and you don’t think it’s caused by any of the things we’ve discussed so far, then take a look at these lesser-known causes:
- Dehydration – if you’re not hydrated, then it can lead you right to neck pain city. That’s because the discs between the bones in your spine need water to do their job right.
- You use your phone too much – No, your mother hasn’t paid us to write this. But looking down at your phone too much can cause neck pain; so can cradling your phone between your ear and shoulder. Those are bad habits that need to be broken. Ask your mom.
How the Chiropractor Helps
The very first thing that needs to be done to treat neck pain is to identify why you have it in the first place. Whether it’s from overzealously playing air guitar at a rock concert last night or tripping over the family dog, don’t be embarrassed about why you’re experiencing neck pain -- just be embarrassed if you don’t seek help from your chiropractor for it. Their hands-on treatments can help to get to the root of the issue and help you feel better. And because they’re sworn to secrecy, they won’t tell your mom a thing.
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