Common Causes of Neck Pain

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Neck pain can directly affect one’s mobility and overall quality of life. The feeling of sharp needles piercing through your neck make it difficult to perform normal everyday functions. And each time your neck moves, the pain comes returns. Unfortunately, scenarios such as this are all too common, forcing many people to adjust their daily routine so they may cope with the pain. The first step in treating neck pain, however, is to identify the root cause. This week, we’re going to discuss some of the most common causes of neck pain.

Whiplash is a blanket term used to describe a fast jerking motion of the head. When a driver rear-ends another car, for instance, he or she may suffer from whiplash due to the sudden impact. Depending on the severity of the injury along with the speed of impact, the driver may notice immediate pain originating from the neck, or it may take 24 hours before the symptoms begin to appear. Even if the driver ‘thinks’ they are okay, it’s still recommended they receive a full checkup after being an automobile accident.

Whiplash is an all-too-common cause of neck pain. When the neck is thrust forward, the ligaments used to support and protect the vertebrae may tear. This can lead to severe pain, swelling and limited movement in the neck. The good new is that minor ligament tears will heal on their own, without any additional treatment or medication. The bad news is that you’ll have to fight through the pain until it heals.

Of course, general muscle strains are another cause of neck pain. There are a total of five muscles in the neck: trapezius, levator scapula, spenius, suboccipitals, and posterior cervical muscles. Like all muscles throughout the human body, they are susceptible to overexertion injuries such as strains. Bodybuilders and sports athletes are particularly vulnerable to muscle strains due to the fact that they are constantly breaking down thee muscle fibers in their shoulders. Small muscle tears are perfectly fine, as they encourage greater muscle mass, but large tears can send pain signals shooting throughout the neck and head.

Rest, ice and compression is the best solution for muscle strains in the neck. If you continue to hit the gym or baseball field while paying little-to-no regard to your pain, the condition will gradually worsen. Muscle strains are the direct result of overexertion; therefore, it’s imperative that you allow your body time to recovery. Constantly forcing those muscles to work – even when they are injured – will make the tears larger and more severe.

If you’re suffering from neck pain, you should schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor. They’ll be able to take a more thorough look at your condition to determine exactly where the pain is coming from and how best to treat it.

Call or email the staff at AtlantaChiroAndWellness.com to schedule an appointment.

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