According to recent studies, the neck is more susceptible to injury than some other areas of the body. The neck is a complex structure made up of muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and bones. The neck allows for the passage of air, food and blood between the head and body, all while supporting the head and providing a stable base for the brain to communicate to the rest of the body via the spinal cord. Any pain to this area can greatly affect the patients’ lifestyle and should be dealt with immediately.
What causes pain in the neck can vary greatly, depending on certain factors. Common causes of neck pain include stress and muscle strain. Many normal activities can result in these, such as poor posture, bending over, watching television, reading, sleeping in an uncomfortable position and improper technique during physical activity. Traumatic events like falls or accidents can also result in neck pain with more serious consequences like blood vessel injury, fractures or even paralysis.
Most neck pain lasts for only a few hours and subsides without any management. However, occasionally neck pain can result in restricted motion and severe, chronic pain. There are a variety of ways to treat neck pain, so it’s important when speaking to a neck pain doctor that you pinpoint the area that is affected and what type of pain is being experienced.
As a pain management doctor, I know that neck pain affects millions of people everyday and can sometimes be difficult to treat. Consult a doctor in your area to learn about how to better manage your chronic neck pain.
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